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Sunday, April 4, 2010

I love not camping...

I'm a New York City kind of girl...my idea of heaven is 7 Broadway shows in 5 days...it's an Oustalet/Hirschfeld girl kind of thing...Me, my mom, Ashley and Jen - all Broadway junkies...

So for Christmas, my mom bought tickets for all of the "girls" (the big ones) to see Wicked.  SO EXCITED.  We can't go to NYC every year (much to my chagrin), but at least we can see the Broadway Series in NOLA. 

My mom and Jen had both seen Wicked in NYC, but Ash and I hadn't and were TOTALLY PUMPED!  The first act was AMAZING!  The costumes, the music, the greeness... all fantastic.  Four...and yes, I mean four songs into the second act, and we hear "blizp" and the theater goes dark - completely dark - not just a little dark.  Of course Jen and I look at each other and start laughing.  She says, "The kid who tripped over the cord back stage is in BIG trouble!" 

A little panic goes through the audience - not to mention through Ashley.. as they ask us to stay in our seats.

A few minutes later, the director comes on stage and announces that there is a power outage in the area, and they were trying to determine the ETA to restoration.  More panic, coupled with hysterical laughter from me and Jen.  We are still making up scenarios... too many hairdryers in one socket...but the kid backstage who tripped over the cord still wins...Ashley is now envisioning a fire where we all get stuck in the theater and burn to death (NOW who wants to call me the pessimistic sister?)

To lighten the mood, I pull out my
Blackberry and get my mom to take our picture...
This is not a lie...The show is off, the theater is black and the usher comes up to me and tells me photography is prohibited and I need to delete the picture... REALLY????  Does she want to mess with me?

So after a while, the director comes out with an ETA from Entergy of 2am, so the crew wheels out a piano and Glinda and Elphaba sing "For Good" - lit only by 5 flashlights.  It was a powerful moment.  You could hear a pin drop in a theater with over 2,000 people.  After the duet, the cast said goodnight and the audience left the theater.  Everyone was disappointed naturally, but some people were demanding refunds, angry and outraged.  Really??  This was not Wicked's doing - if you want to complain - call Entergy, maybe??  But I say chalk it up to a natural disaster - a four alarm fire maybe caused a power outage and we just happenned to be in the right place at the wrong time. 

Since mom and Jen had seen the show, Ashley and I were able to hear the ending and on the way home. Ash and I vowed to make a trip very soon to NYC to see the show in its entirety!  A good ending for me!

4 comments:

Teri said...

It is a must SEE. That was my favorite thing about my NYC trip. Well maybe the second. Getting that knock off Coach purse in a basement in Chinatown that smelled like urine might come in first place.

Paula Davis said...
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Paula D said...

It's a girls trip to Gershwin Theater in NYC for sure! Loved Wicked & would see it again in NYC. Sorry to hear about y'all's dramatic event, but it sounds like you "lauged out loud" anyway :-)

Sally said...

What a priceless memory!