Hello from Row 16 on a Super 80 traveling from Newark to DFW! Today was pretty awesome. I took a bus into the city and walked from Port Authority to One Shubert Alley, where I picked up the music book from BIG FISH. I want to learn ‘Fight the Dragons’. While checking out I saw they still had Tarzan the Musical lapel pins! So I picked one of those up too.
I decided to take a shot and see if there was anything for Of Mice and Men…but only premium seats left…boo. Well, yay that people are selling out an American Classic. But I just can’t afford those premium seats. So…off to the Rocky box office I went. A great guy there got me a PERFECT aisle seat at the Playbill.com discount rate!
After grabbing a quick bite and picking up the new program from If/Then (it wasn’t made when I saw the show), it was show time!
I was shocked at how much I loved ROCKY. Maybe it’s because I never saw the film, but I just loved it. LOVED. IT! I cannot begin to tell you how incredible the finale was. Truly the most exciting moment I have seen on stage. It was THAT exciting. They actually transform the entire theater into the boxing arena right before your eyes. The center section of the orchestra for the first about 7 rows have to get out of their seats and go on stage to a big bleacher section. Then, the boxing ring moves out over those seats. A jumbotron like screen descends from the ceiling above the ring. Lights appear in all the walls.. Banners unfurl all around you. It’s just incredible. And incredibly exciting. The audience all got involved, cheering on Rocky. It was something like I had never seen before. A moment that could only happen in live theater. It’s truly ashamed the show is closing so soon. I think many more people should have the chance to be thrilled on that level.
So if you are in NYC between now and August 17th, go check it out.
Now, after a weather delay, I am en route back to DFW. Ready to do Tarzan again tomorrow night.
I will add that today I have seen a lot of travel habits that..well…just annoy me. Let’s discuss:
1. CROWDING THE GATE BEFORE YOUR GROUP IS CALLED
Look, I know we are all wanting the overhead bin space. But if you are Group 4, please stand back so the earlier groups can get to the gate. We can’t see your boarding pass. We don’t know if you are in line or just standing around. We are all going to get on. Worst case they gate check your bag. Is that really so bad?
2. LEANING YOUR SEAT BACK, THEN PROCEEDING TO LEAN FORWARD
This one makes me crazy. First of all, on a domestic flight outside of sleeping hours, just don’t lean back your seat. Yeah,yeah, you are entitled, but it’s still rude. Airlines have crammed coach seats closer than ever, and really, I don’t want to have the top of your head under my nose. If I had to sneeze right now, the bald man in my lap would be covered in mucus. If my fat self can sleep upright, you can too. Overnight flights…different story.
HOWEVER, if you choose to recline your seat and THEN lean forward…well, now you are just being a douche. If you are not using the recline, put your seat up! Don’t be this guy:
3. CHARGING UP THE AISLE AS SOON AS THE SEATBELT LIGHT IS OFF AT THE GATE
Wait your turn. We ALL have some place to be. That’s why we are on an airplane. You are not exclusively the one who has something going on. Not many are on a plane, you know, for the heck of it.
What about you? What are your travel pet peeves?