Singing! Dancing! Paper!

There exists in existence a live, unauthorized musical parody of The Office and last night B, Sid and I trekked uptown to The Jerry Orbach Theater to watch it and as of this moment I’m still unclear about what caused me more enjoyment, the show itself or the look of pure glee on Sid’s face during it.

Also, did I mention that B and Sid joined me in New York yesterday?


Well, they did.


Last night the Patti LuPone performed “Ladies Who Lunch” mere feet in front of my pale gross face during the second act of Company at the Gielgud Theatre and, as I have long suspected, it was everything I’ve ever needed.

In 2014, on this very web log, I made reference to a YouTube video in which LuPone, my second all-time favorite diva, sings the aforementioned song alongside Neil Patrick Harris and the New York Philharmonic in a short-lived concert version of Company and there I was last night, nearly four and a half years later, in London for work during the run of a brand new production of said musical which Patti L. just happened to be starring in.

Laura grabbed ahold of my hand when the song began and the audience lost its sh*t when it ended and in the minutes between I’m certain I saw God.

Keep Dancing Through

In the winter of 2005 four of my closest friends used their spring breaks to visit me at school in the Big Apple. Wicked was a hot ticket on Broadway at the time but we pooled our young luck and managed to coax four front row seats out of the pre-show lottery anyway. Laura was one of those friends and earlier this evening, nearly a decade and a half after our first viewing, the two of us nabbed tickets to see Wicked again, this time in London where we’re traveling for the company that employs us. A great many things have changed in our lives since college, but it’s comforting to know that some things, like a silly, touching musical about friendship, never do, and that such things can still give a couple of old pals a night to remember.