You're getting a warped sense of my social life with these posts, but here goes.
On Tuesday I saw the Canadian production of "We Will Rock You" with a girlfriend, actually the mother of Liam's best pal. It's wonderful what kids can do for you, in addition to bringing joy to your life, they can expand your social horizon tenfold. It was a great girls' night out. No kids, no husbands, just girl talk, a nice drink and dinner and then a musical. Husbands don't generally like musicals, (at least in my experience) so it worked out well that I didn't have to drag hubster to this show. He's not a huge fan of Queen's music, but he wouldn't have gone even if he were.
Notes about the show... it started out with probably my least favourite of Queen's huge array of hits - Radio Ga Ga. And they changed the lyric a bit too. It is also a tad surrealistic to hear a chorus sing Queen - it's not quite the same as listening to Freddie Mercury's distinctive and fantastic voice, bad song notwithstanding. There was a lot for me to get past in the first few minutes of the show, but the martini I had before helped a little.
After the first song, and the realization that I was actually out in downtown Toronto on a weeknight, I let myself go and in the end really enjoyed the production. It helps if you're a Queen fan, but even if not, the singing was absolutely amazing. The storyline was cute, nothing to write home about, but then I wasn't there expecting Death of a Salesman, or any of its associated acting. Choreography was pretty lame, although the dancers were good. We both noticed that a couple of the male dancers, wearing midriff-baring skin tight white shirts, were HAIRY - ugh, what a turnoff. That was the kind of distraction we didn't really need.
However, the rock band was out of this world - I actually thought it was pre-recorded until they showed them later in the performance. Unbelievable. So although there was plenty of cheese (bad puns, local references that were funny at the time but somehow lame when you think about them later), it was really a great experience. If someone got me another ticket, sure I'd see it again. The biggest disappointment was the Suzie McNeil, a finalist on Rockstar INXS who usually plays the character Oz, was not on that night. I'd heard awesome reviews about her performance, so even though the understudy was quite good, she wasn't Suzie.
The second spectacle of the week - the primary spring concert starring the one and only beloved firstborn child. The performers were from the Junior Kindergarten to the Grade 2 classes. Cute does not do this show justice! My boy did a great job singing "The world is a rainbow" and "This little light". I'm so glad we captured it on video. This was followed by some dancing by six grade- three girls, all in matching skirts and headbands. I took one look at them and said to Ian "Uh-oh, it looks like I'll have to learn to sew" to which he replied, "We'll make a good mother of you yet". Ha ha.
Just before the finale, there was major rustling in the audience, lots of jockeying for camera position ... it looked like the paparazzi at the Oscars. Then it hit me ... it was time for the kindergarteners to come on! Oh, I remember those days. Too funny! Gotta admit though, those little tykes were absolutely adorable!
Two great shows in one week. What more could a girl ask for?