HOLY CATS! Dinner & a Show, Valentine’s Edition

February 18, 2008 at 9:04 am 1 comment

I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person.  I get grumpy about waiting very long to get a seat at a restaurant, and I’m not a big fan of having to make a reservation either.  Our tickets for Drowsy Chaperone were for Thursday night (part of our Broadway Series South season), so I figured we’d just make the best of it.

Drowsy Chaperone image from TravelNewYork.

Dinner: For dinner, we finally went to Lilly’s Pizza.   I’d heard about this one, per usual, from Chowhound.  Everyone raved about the fresh ingredients and interesting combinations.  They weren’t exaggerating!  This is, as billed, Damn Good Pizza.  We had the Super Duper (my half was minus the sausage and Canadian bacon though).  The crust was terrific (I prefer the “thick” crust; it’s just a regular amount of crust really) and the sauce was amazing.  I still can’t believe how fresh the sauce was.  I was also impressed by the number of vegan options.  We had a good time looking at the funky art and bizarre decor, and I was pleased that we didn’t have to wait too long (in line or for our pizza to be dropped off).  I have to say that Jason wasn’t particularly impressed with the pizza, but his fave is Papa John’s so do with that info what you will.  (JIC you wondered, my fave pizza is Chicago deep dish style from Lou Malnati’s or Gino’s East and I can’t stand New York style pizza.  Lilly’s Pizza isn’t like any of those.)  Since we finished earlier than we expected, we headed to Krispy Kreme for dessert and scarfed a couple HOT NOW glazed doughnuts.  Mmm – so glad the KK Challenge didn’t make me sick of these treats!

Show: I was concerned that we wouldn’t like The Drowsy Chaperone.  It’s about a somewhat pathetic fellow who holes up in his apartment and listens repeatedly to a 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.  In this one act show, he walks the audience through the show, which is performed in his apartment.  Sounds pretty dumb, right?  It’s actually hilarious.  Jonathan Crombie as Man in Chair was terrific!  He was just the right amount of pathetic, exuberent, and loveable.  There were plenty of ridiculous (and occasionally a bit un-PC) jokes, but you have to embrace the cheese factor to enjoy the show.  We sure did!  I do, however, understand why the show didn’t enjoy a long run on Broadway (a bit over a year and a half) or in London’s West End (two months!) despite winning 5 Tony’s (and 8 nominations to boot).  It’s a musical that requires that you at least like musicals.  The best musicals enchant those who claim not to like theatre or musicals.  If you do like musicals, I would definitely recommend trying to catch this one while it’s on tour.


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