Oh holy snack! We went to Wicked last night, it was simply incredible. Wait. Let me preface. I love musicals, probably with a sick passion. I force Ed to buy Music Theatre season tickets every summer. Singing in the Rain is hands down my favorite musical/movie ever, and I sure do love me some Sound of Music. In fact one of my favorite recent memories was going to Hollywood Bowl's Sound of Music Sing a Long with my sister Kris, our friend Meggers and a bevy of their pals. Seriously where else are you going to see a nun smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer sitting on the walkway up to the Bowl, then eat guacamole, drink wine and sing your ever loving heart out? NOWHERE.
Okay, back to Wicked. We had just the best night, so much fun, even though Ed had a late start deposition yesterday afternoon and risked missing out on it (don't worry, he literally made it to dinner right on time, although i did freak out appropriately). We started the evening with dinner at an Airplane Hanger (keeping with a Kansas theme for the night) with friends and then headed to the show. I love touring company's, they allow smaller towns the luxury of seeing amazing Broadway productions. Company's, you are greatly appreciated.
We bought a block of tickets with friends quite a few months back, in all 22 people. It was worth the cash and the wait. Our seats were close enough that we could see the costumes and faces clearly. It was bliss! It made me so happy. And the show was just stellar. But what made the show even better? Yeah, okay this is another aside, but hang with me here.
Ed and I have a little addiction to the best TV show of all time, Frasier. We watch it every night before bed. Frasier for us is like grabbing our binkys and a warm glass of milk. So we are sitting there watching Wicked and it gets to the part with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and he comes out and Ed and I look at each other and are all... Is that Kenny from Frasier? We sat a little stunned and in excited awe, took out the program and a phone to sneak a peek at the cast, and indeed, it WAS Kenny from Frasier. Well, his real name is Tom McGowan.
Okay that part was cool, but it got better, and perhaps a little awkward and it left Ed and I a bit starstruck. Let me say I'm not the starstuck type. After all my years working in TV and Radio, and meeting lots of musicians, I just don't get amped up about it. The exceptions clearly now being Tom McGowan (well and alec baldwin of course).
To continue, last night the cast was raising money for a local AIDS and HIV organization. After the show cast members were standing in the lobby with donation buckets and right in our path was Tom McGowan. So Ed whips out some cash (donation-smomation, he wanted to talk to tom) and heads his way. Ed was all "you did such a great job tonight, just fantastic." The next part was a little awkward. I was standing behind Ed smiling like an idiot all doe eyed and fascinated not knowing what to say and Ed blurts out "We watch Frasier every night before we go to bed. We love you." Yeah. That's not awkward. But Tom was so gracious (because i'm sure he hears that ALL the time... chirp...) and smiled and said "Ohhh great thanks. I appreciate that."Then gave the creepy stalker like girl (i.e. ME) a side glance that clearly said lady please don't maul me.
That's it. There's my Wicked good story from last night. Good talk with Tom. Good times. We, of course, went home, watched a Frasier, and went to bed happy.