Weekly Adventure: An American in Paris

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My friend and fellow intern Hillary won the An American in Paris ticket lottery yesterday, and I was lucky enough to be brought me along. We got cheap tickets in the second row, which means we were up close and personal with the dancers – and that’s what really matters, because though I love a Gershwin song and they manged to craft a cohesive and at times moving story out of the muddle of a film. But just like in the movie, the star here is Chris WheeldonChris Wheeldon‘s choreography (he also directed). And it is danced brilliantly by Leanne Cope as Lise and Garen Scribner stepping into Gene Kelly’s part. Which, honestly must be one of the most daunting things as a dancer, but he has Kelly’s charm & ease (and athletic ability) – not to mention he was not hard to look at from the second row.

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Speaking of beauty, the costumes and sets (both by Bob Crowley) were gorgeous, which makes sense given the importance of design to the plot.

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The supporting cast was also great, including Max Von Essen (above) and Brandon Uranowitz as Adam the jazz pianist/composer whose role is greatly expanded from the film. He sings “But Not For Me,” which is (because of Four Weddings and a Funeral) one of my all time favorite songs and he belted it out perfectly.

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It can feel weird to blog about things like musicals while the world is in such awful turmoil, but I’m not sure what I have to offer the important conversation our country needs to have about racism and violence and hatred. But, this show tries to make the argument for bringing more beauty into the world in the face of destruction, and that resonated for me last night. So maybe that’s what I’ve got…

Oops, I’ve Been Bad at Blogging Lately…

I know I already said in my last post that I needed to readjust to working and blogging, but I clearly haven’t actually tried to do that. I have however written “blog post: I’m the worst at blogging” into my planner many times over the past few weeks and then squiggled it out the next day after it had failed to shame me into actually updating my blog.

At this point, once again, I’ve had too many adventures to do any of them justice in one post. (Including winning the Fun Home lottery – which I really should have written about, because that show is amazing and I feel bad that I let too much time pass and didn’t get my reactions in writing. Short version: Michael Cerveris is fantastic. As is Judy Kuhn. And the whole time I was either laughing hysterically or sobbing.)

Anyway, here are a bunch of pictures with minimal commentary:

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Mini-mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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Lindy West and Hari Kondabolu at the Strand

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My brother at our family lake cottage

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Prospect Park is pretty

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House of Balenciaga Evening Dress, part of the ManusXMachina exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute

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Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park

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4th of July with Hanna in Queens (we did not coordinate outfits I promise) 

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Our view was actually pretty good…

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But it was even prettier from the park

I’m going to really try to be better guys…