Hello! Book Of Mormon Came to Nashville!

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Wednesday night the biggest show on Broadway premiered in Nashville. Surely, you have all heard of the Book of Mormon. It’s huge, it’s crazy popular, award-winning and very controversial. Before I review the show we saw in Nashville, I think I need to give you a brief synopsis.The biggest question I’ve gotten from people pertaining to the show is “Is it offensive?” And, honestly, the answer just depends on how sensitive you are.

Let me explain, The Book of Mormon is a musical that follows two brand new Mormon missionaries who are unexpectedly paired together and sent to Uganda. They imagine living on the set of Lion King while spreading the word of God and baptizing dozens of Africans into their religion. However, Uganda turns out to be the scariest place they’ve ever imagined and is riddled with disease, crime, death and people who don’t exactly trust that any God will fix all their troubles. The story that ensues is the most ridiculous, hilarious and brilliant show that’s hit Broadway (as far as I’ve seen). It sounds like a serious story, but it’s full of tap dancing, an electric guitar playing Satan, science fiction character cameos and some of the worst language you have ever heard.

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So, back to that question…is it offensive? Well, if blasphemy, cursing, gay jokes, mocking of religion or suggestive moves and language offends you, then yes. This shows will probably be the most offensive form of entertainment you have ever seen. You have to remember that Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of South Park) are 2 of the 3 creators of the Book of Mormon. These two men may be crude, but they are wickedly smart and talented. The show is filthy, but it’s also full of heart. The two main characters are truly trying to better the world, and you can’t help but love and root for them. Vogue magazine explains it best…

the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.

We saw the show for the first time in New York and were lucky enough to see it performed by the original cast, including Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.I can only imagine that seeing these two perform the roles they originated is equivalent to seeing Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth perform Wicked. No one can compare. Then there’s the songs. We LOVE the soundtrack to the Book of Mormon, and my favorite song is by far “I Believe”. I know every inflection and get goosebumps every time at the end, so hearing someone else sing it even slightly differently isn’t easy.

Book of Mormon Tour

The two starts of the Book of Mormon tour group are no Andrew Rannells or Josh Gad, but they do an incredible job filling such big and talented shoes. Although, the standout star was by far, Denee Benton. She plays the lead female role, Nabulungi, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Remember her name, I am certain she is going to be huge one day.

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Compared to the version we saw in NY, the tour is very close to being just as amazing. The final notes of “I believe” aren’t earth shattering, but the singing, the comedic timing, the dancing and acting are phenomenal, maybe even the best Broadway tour I’ve seen. The show has stuck with me and I have had the songs in my head all day. Actually, I have a feeling the show stuck with most people.

My favorite part about seeing the show last night was hearing the shock in the crowd as each joke got cruder, every line more offensive and song more crass. You could literally hear the room gasp and then roar with laughter. The audience definitely seemed surprised at the amount of profanity in a Broadway musical, but still appreciated the well intended story and the clever lines. I didn’t hear one negative comment as we exited the theatre.

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If you ever hear of Book of Mormon coming anywhere near you, you better get online and purchase tickets the minute they’re available. Those puppies sale like hotcakes and you are going to be very sad if you miss this show. Check out their tour dates here. And, of course, remember to look at TPAC’s upcoming schedule. They’ve got some good shows coming up!

Cheers!

City that Never Disappoints

The best part about waking up in a city that never sleeps is that I am guaranteed to always have something to do, somewhere to go, or someone to see. There is no excuse for a New Yorker to ever feel bored, ever. Recently, we went to see “Nice Work if You Can Get It” because I have been begging to see it ever since I heard Matthew Broderick is the star. I’ve always wanted to meet Mr. Bueller.

nice work

The show was great, not my favorite, but had its great moments. The show also starred Kelli O’Hara and Blythe Danner, who turned out to be better than Matthew. It also had some of my favorite broadway tunes: “Let’s call the whole thing off,” “S Wonderful,” and “I’ve go a crush on you”. Husband thought it was a little too old fashioned for him. I thought it would have been better had we not seen it on my no good terrible very bad day.

More recently, Grandma took us to see Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Joyce Theatre. Trockadero is an all male ballet troop who performs en pointe. Their shows are not only performed expertly and beautifully, but are also hysterical. It is an entertaining ballet for sure. They started here in NY, but are famous worldwide and always traveling.

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Our most recent date night was at Cafe Blossom. My very generous sister (thanks sis!) sent us a gift card for Christmas because she knows how much we love to try new places. Cafe Blossom is an all vegan restaurant, and was right up my alley.

nachos? Um...no
nachos? Um…no
Husband's healthy juice, and my butterfinger milkshake, which was phenomenal BTW.
Husband’s healthy juice, and my butterfinger milkshake, which was phenomenal BTW.
Seitan marsala
Seitan marsala
A fried chicken and bacon sandwich
A fried chicken and bacon sandwich

The food was so good that I literally made myself sick. You know that point when if you take one more bite you will just explode…I was about 5 bites past that point. So worth it though.

I wonder what adventures next week will bring? I love this city.

Cheers!

Me, Audrey, and a Rooftop Bar

I LOVE Breakfast at Tiffany’sthe book and the movie. I also adore Audrey Hepburn. I think this obsession began about 7 years ago while eating dinner with Husband’s Grandpa. I ate a large pork chop, mashed potatoes, broccoli, a salad, three rolls, and was picking off of Husband’s place when his Grandpa looked at me and said, “How do you eat like that and still look like Audrey Hepburn?!”

At the time, I only knew Audrey as the girl in the black dress, black flats, and pearls. Like any good student, I began researching the actress I was compared to, and instantly fell in love. Now I can’t pass an Audrey biography or movie without picking it up. I know I don’t actually look like her, but it’s awfully nice to hear. Thanks Grandpa Shelly.

Yesterday, I saw an ad for a FREE movie night at the Roosevelt Hotel (the Mad46 Rooftop Lounge to be exact). I was definitely interested in a free movie night, but when I saw their selected feature was Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was a done deal.

I was SOOO excited to go out, that I got all dolled up in Audrey’s honor. It’s great that I get to wear workout clothes to work everyday, but I do love an opportunity to put on my heels and fix my hair. Most of our “dates” involve me in sweatpants, Husband in flip-flops, frozen pizza, and a Dexter marathon. Tonight was different; tonight I wanted to feel pretty.

Check out the ad as I entered the Subway! I think that was a sign that it was going to be fabulous night for this TX girl.
I tried to convince Husband that I was too fancy to take the train…. As you can see, I was not very convincing.

The Roosevelt is beautiful, the lounge was swanky, and the staff was frazzled and awkward, but besides them, it was a great night to be on a roof wrapped in my poncho and enjoying the Manhattan view.

They had two projectors; one under a roof and one completely outside.
Movie themed cocktails!

After ordering my “Moon River Mojito” we settled onto a cozy couch right before the movie started playing. I loved every minute! Even Husband enjoyed it! (He has never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s before!)

Sooo excited! (This was the BEST mojito I have ever had BTW.)

We didn’t make it home until midnight; mostly because Husband wanted to play “paparazzi”….and alittle because I needed a late night snack.

I had to take the poncho off for at least 5 minutes so my outfit could get some fresh air and much needed attention.
Perfect accessories for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s night.
Love this view with the Chrysler in the background.

This is as serious as I get.

finally getting back on the train

Even after sleeping through my alarm this morning and only having time to drink half a cup of coffee, I do not regret our middle of the week date night with Audrey.

Cheers!