Wednesday, May 13, 2009

If a Poor Man Eats a Chicken... of them is sick!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved watching people perform. From the first time I saw a play, I was hooked. It was a stage production of Charlotte's Web at Flint's Whiting Auditorium.

I haven't had much opportunity to indulge, though.

One of the lovely things about living in a big city is the chance to see. Plays. Opera. Broadway meets Beale Street at the Orpheum.

Last Friday, Steve and I got all gussied up and Steven took me to see Fiddler on the Roof. With Topol. The real Topol. It was amazing. He was as brilliant as you'd expect if you've seen the movie. He can say more with a simple shrug or wink than you'd think possible. This man is 73 years old but that didn't curb his energy.

At the end, he bowed to the ecstatic audience as if he couldn't get low enough. Amazing.

If this is not enough, Steven has discovered that he enjoys plays and musicals, too. Though he's not ready to spend an afternoon vegged out watching The King and I, he's already said he'd be willing to see Wicked with me in June and he's been singing "If I Were a Rich Man" for the last five days!


Anonymous said...

Sounds fun!

Barry said...

Don't tell anyone but I got dragged out (kicking and screaming)to see the Jersey Boys and the Sound of Music this year--and loved them both.

Yes even the Sound of Music.

What's happening to me?

Woman in a Window said...

I can't tell you enough how much that would feed my soul. You're going to have to eat for me, too. I live in the middle of nowhere and it's simply not going to happen for me. Indulge!

david mcmahon said...

Seeing the REAL Topol on stage would have to be one of life's great theatre experiences.

Babystepper said...

While there are quite a few things I have no desire to see in a theater, I would love to see Fiddler on the Roof. Especially with Topol!

Suldog said...

It only takes one or two really good theater experiences to hook someone (as well as one or two bad ones to drive them away.) "Fiddler" was the second play I ever saw, I believe, in London with Alfie Bass in the lead. Loved it, dearly, and have enjoyed theater ever since (mostly with MY WIFE for the past 19 years.)

imbeingheldhostage said...

GET OUT! You really got to see the real Topol in the FotR?!!!
What else is there in life left to do? I'm serious.

Janet said...

Wow - Topol!!! I'm envious. Speaking of The King and I, I did get to see one of Yul Brynner's final performances in that one. And yay for Steven on being converted to the wonderland of the theatre!