I gave myself the most wonderful surprise this evening. Tickets to Lion King. Now I know you may be thinking, "Huh?, didn't you know you were taking yourself to Lion King". Well yes I did, but I ordered the tickets so long ago (February I think) that I didn't remember where I was sitting. It crossed my mind today to look at the ticket to see, but I didn't do it until I was walking into the theater.
I had the most amazing seats I have ever had at the Hobby with the possible exception of Phantom last year. Now, I love Hobby because even sitting on the back row of the orchestra section is a good seat (I always sit in the orchestra section). But these were fantastic! I was sitting on freaking row N! It was perfect.
As for the show. A-MA-ZING. I want to see it again! Again! I'll get moved and get to my convention in San Antonio and then I'll see what I can do about scrounging up money for another ticket. It was so amazing. The colors, the singing, the costumes, the sets, the story, all of it. I have seen it before, but this was SO much better. First of all, last time I was at the back of Jones Hall. That is nothing like being at the front (or even the back for that matter) of the Hobby Center. The Hobby was built for musical theater. Second, last time there was the world's most annoying child sitting behind me. The final straw for all of us around her was when she told her dad (at the top of her lungs) that his breath stunk. (Parent's that think their kids rude, obnoxious, annoying behavior is cute mystify me.) Today there was none of that.
I know I've seen it before, but I just can't get over the colors and the costumes and the staging. It was such an amazing, moving performance. I'm a big musical theater fan as all of you know. There is something very special about seeing a live performance. It's great to see the energy live in front of you, yet it is also so fleeting. You can't pop it into the DVD and watch it again and again. And I'm very visual, so just listening to it doesn't have the same impact.
I'm wired so this entry probably doesn't make much sense. Two other quick points. I so wish I cared about camera phones when I bought my current cell phone. I didn't care in the least and now I wish I had a better one, but I'm not willing to spend the money, because this phone is only a few months old. Second, why do people think it is ok to wear jeans to a performance? It's not. I need somebody to explain to me why.