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September 12th, 2007


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10:08 am - BONUS POINT WEDNESDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!
Bonus points to Mumbles Menino and his Wednesday "Ask da Mayuh" column in the Metro where, this week, he goes out of his way to thank a letter writer for "[travelling] in from Newton to enjoy our city." (For a little regional context, that's like New York's Mayor Bloomberg thanking a Brooklyn resident in Prospect Park for expending the time and energy to come over and visit Manhattan.) Then again, given the current D Line woes, perhaps trekking alllllll the way in from Newton really can be an arduous task at times so bravo, Mr. or Ms. Newton-From City Visiter! Your determination and tenacity and defiance in the face of slow-moving traffic, be it train or automotive vehicle, have certainly caught the mayor's eye and captured his heart!

Next, Menino will heartily congratulate a citizen from Somerville for "finding a way across that river thing to make it over to our nice city."

Bonus points as well to the Magic Lite Music Station (what's so magic about it, anyway?) whose enterprising engineer decided to get us all into the RED SOX SPIRIT!!!!!1 by remixing "Sweet Caroline" to include the Fenway crowd's participation during the chorus (it's a bottom-of-the-8th tradition, of course. "SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!") Oh, and they also added in a "LET'S GO RED SOX!" chant during the quieter parts which didn't match up with the song's beat at all.

Oh, c'mon. You sing (or drunkenly holler words which somewhat approximate the song portion of) Sweet Caroline at Fenway. You do it with the crowd, even if you're down by 6 runs at the bottom of the 8th and most of the pessimists have already left so they can beat the traffic. You can also sing along with the song when it comes on the radio, or hum along to it when you hear it at the morning convenience store, but sakes alive, you shouldn't have to listen to a recording of people doing it for you. It's that kind of forced frivolity which I absolutely cannot stand, man.

But oh! Here are some real bonus points, I mean serious bonus points bordering on what the kids call mad props or big ups, to TAGS in Porter Square for being open until 9 last night, and Neil for driving me down there quickly before they closed. One of our apartment-wide fuses blew last night. You know, the ones the size of shotgun cartridges? Yeah. Those big suckers. I got a call from T. during rehearsals and, although I have Director's Prerogative to say "OH WAIT GUYS I GOTTA TAKE THIS" kindly waited until our first read-thru was done. We're out of power, I heard, and N*Star had been called, but it may just be our unit, cause there were lights on all over the street.

Luckily rehearsal ended early so I ran back home and checked the fuse box. Ohhhhh yeah. No need to call N*Sync over this one. And have you ever smelled a 60 amp fuse what's gone explodified? Man, it reeks. You smell like you've been setting off fireworks for twelve hours straight. And you could easily tell which one had gone and burned itself out. It looked like it'd nearly blown a hole out of itself.

TAGS was closing in 15 minutes so Neil flew down there as fast as prudently possible. We got there at 8:55, I lurched down the stairs in the direction of the useful hardware section, gasped "FUSES! 60 AMP!" at some guy wearing a nametag (at least, I think he was wearing a nametag) and was helpfully led over to the right section, found my replacements, and made the appropriate transactions. Made it on my way and hoo-rah!

Did I mention I was totin' the fuse containment unit with the TOTALLY SMELLY fuses the entire time? Tons of fun. The Home Depot in Everett was open til 10 so I knew we had a backup in case TAGS didn't work out, but still, you have to admit, any time you can make a routine transaction to fix something an exciting, breathless adventure, the cries of "VICTORY!" as you shove that fuse holder back into the box and listen to the apartment come to life are that much sweeter.




bragtime: who's got two thumbs and is going to see young frankenstein: the musical on october 19? thiiis guy.

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From:fancycwabs
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
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At the FedEx hub in Memphis (and elsewhere that they bother to think of it), fuses are kept in card-operated vending machines all throughout the plant. That way, if something goes blooey in the middle of a sort, the maintenance guys just have to walk a hundred yards to the vending machine, instead of half a mile to the stockroom. One of the music stores in town keeps guitar strings and reeds for woodwinds in a vending machine outside the store, for gig emergencies. You'd think an innovative hardware store could make a pretty good profit offering something like that in an area of the country where fuses are still de rigeur.

Also: jealous. If Mrs. Cwabs wouldn't kill me for going without her, I'd so cash in some frequent flier miles for a NY trip in the middle of October.
From:katre50
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I dunno which makes me more jealous, the two thumbs or the Young Frankenstein. Wait, yes I do. Mmm movie goodness.
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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it's not just the movie, it's the musical done based on the movie! with roger bart and foster sutton and andrea martin and everything! it opens on the 11th. I was able to snag the last single ticket for the 19th performance; there were no other multiples together.
From:katre50
Date:September 12th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
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That is even more awesome still.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:September 12th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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um, sutton foster. speaking of which, I just bought my tickets to drowsy chaperone in st. louis in november
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 13th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Hray! You will have a lot of fun.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:September 13th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
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According to the website, I'll be treated to the original Man in Chair and Mrs. Tottendale, with Nancy Opel (Mrs. Pennywise in Urinetown)substituting for The Drowsy Chaperone. I'd consider that a pretty fine lineup for a touring show.
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 13th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah!

I'd heard that Bob Martin was going around at least opening each tour as Man in Chair; he may very well be doing the entire tour. Georgia Engel is definitely doing the tour as Mrs. Tottendale, and she's absolutely wonderful.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:September 13th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm hoping Bob will stick around for the first weekend in St. Louis, at least. It's the third or fourth (I forget) stop on the tour, so maybe the "original cast" gods will be with us.

I think it'd be tough to find a suitable touring replacement for Georgia Engel--most theatre ladies of her age have hit either "Grand Dame" or "Hard Living Has Taken its Toll" status.
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 14th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
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JoAnne Worley is replacing her as Mrs. Tottendale on Broadway.

See into that as you will.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:September 14th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
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That would be different--I'd put JoAnne more in the "Grand Dame" category (If you can't get Carol Channing...) It'll still be a fine show, I'm sure--but I think tour audiences are getting the better deal.
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 12th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)

GIVE MY CREATION LIFE!!

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We actually don't have a giant switch at the box, and I was DAMN looking forward to it, too. :(
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From:gwynethfar
Date:September 12th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
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An electrician I once knew described that rank, electrical fire smell as "dirty heat." I don't know if that's an industry term, but I find it a fitting description.

Re: Bragtime: I'm feeling a mix of keen envy and "he's so cool" admiration. I think I shall call it... Hatemiration.
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From:ron_newman
Date:September 12th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Glad that worked out for you! I love Tags. (But if it were closed, is there any reason to prefer the Everett Home Depot to the one in Somerville?)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 12th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
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So you mean my Christmas gift to you shouldn't be that recording I made of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" where I added all the "Like a lightbulb" and "like George Washington"-type interjections?

Noah
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 13th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's all right, as long as the B side is the version of "Mony Mony" with the Wedding Reception Lyrics added in as well.
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From:lakilika
Date:September 12th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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There's a ... musical for that?
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From:derspatchel
Date:September 13th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Mel Brooks had so much fun made so much money with THE PRODUCERS that he developed Young Frankenstein into a musical next. It's had a really good Seattle tryout -- Andrea Martin as Frau Blucher, by all acounts, steals the show -- and opens in NYC for previews on the 11th.

And yes, their eleven o'clock number is indeed Puttin' On The Ritz. Or, uh, PUUHHNONNARIIIIIIIIIIIITZ!!

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