Friday, November 7, 2008

Jersey Boys: A non-professional's review

My dad was in town last month and so we ditched the kids and headed out for a night on the town. Now, a night on the town for us is not that wild. We had dinner at Dan Marino's restaurant in the Hooters Hotel & Casino. If you haven't been there before I highly recommend it. It is the only one outside of Florida and it is a favorite of ours. Whenever we have company we take them there. I think Ryan is starting to catch on to the fact that I invite people to come visit with the hope that I can convince Ryan to take us all there. There food is so good and the Chocolate Chip Cookie dessert rocks!

We are slowly getting through all of the reasonably priced places on the strip. We did Margaritaville for a while then moved on to the Burger Bar in Mandalay Place. If you like burgers you HAVE to go, the food is amazing. I get an Angus burger with an onion bun with zucchini, portabello mushroom, asparagus, caramelized onions, and blue cheese. It is sooooo yummy! And, better yet, it is under $20. Oh, and lest I forget, they do have sweet potato french fries. For a girl from the south it doesn't get much better! I love sweet potatoes!!

Anyway, on with the story. Is anyone really surprised that I got sidetracked with the thought of food? Yeah, me either. So, we got tickets to Jersey Boys. Oh my goodness, it was amazing! I wasn't sure what I would think. I have heard mixed things about it. Everyone that saw it loved it but there was always a comment about language so I didn't know if I would be offended during the show. I wasn't. There were a few words here and there, but honestly I was expecting something like The Sopranos (not that I watch that show, I have vetoed HBO, but I have heard rumors). The story was amazing and I loved how they put it together with each person getting a chance to tell their part of the story. It was really neat. The show finished and I wanted to stay and watch it all over again. Most of the time we wait for shows to go half price and then we get tickets, but this one was completely worth the full price. Go see it, we loved it.

So, on that note I thought I would give a (brief?) rundown on all the shows we have seen in the last two+ years. Not all of them were in Vegas. We have flown to see some of them. Ryan jokes that I got lucky snagging the only straight guy that likes musicals and shopping. I don't disagree, I just complain that his love of shopping cuts in to my shopping budget. Yep, call me selfish, but I love clothes, shoes and purses.

So on with the list, here we go. There have only been one or two that we have seen that I didn't like and wouldn't recommend. One is the Blue Man Group. We got half priced tickets and I thought we paid too much. I didn't get it....The other is The Producers. It got all these Tony awards and people just raved about it, but I didn't like it at all. I didn't laugh, I didn't much care for how the story was executed. When I read the overview of the story I thought is sounded hilarious. Nope, didn't like it, and we saw it in LA (when we lived there so I guess it has been 4 yrs since this one) with Jason Alexander and Martin Short as the 2 leads. I was profoundly disappointed.

Mamma Mia (we have seen it 3 times now and still loved the movie. Our first time was on Broadway about the 5th row center. I couldn't stop dancing!)

Ka (twice. It is still our favorite Cirque show. The stage is phenomenal)

La Reve


Stomp (I didn't know if I would love this but I did. I would highly recommend it! I was surprised by how well done it was)

Jersey Boys (only once so far but if anyone else wants to see it call us! We are there!)

Gordie Brown (we saw Danny Gans and really liked him, but I liked Gordie better. My cheeks and tummy hurt from laughing so hard. When we gets back in Feb go see him, it was awesome)

Blue Man Group (thumbs down for both of us)

Danny Gans

Steve Wyrick

Celine Dion

Mac King (he does a daytime show and it is like $20 and locals get discounts and it was so good! He does a variety type show and it was very enjoyable)

Jim Gaffigan (he is our favorite comedian next to Brian Regan, but BR hasn't come to Vegas even though he LIVES HERE!!!)

Phantom of the Opera (Ryan has seen this 5 times I think. I have only seen it twice. But the first time was in London and the Phantom was incredible. He gave me chills)

V (in the old Aladdin)

Sweet Charity (Christina Applegate was the lead and I am not a huge fan of hers, but she was so good and totally carried the show. It was really good)

Wicked (We saw it on Broadway for the first time, we flew to Atlanta to meet up with my family a few months later just to see it again, and we have tickets to see it one more time next week when we are in NYC. YEAH!)

Spamalot (We saw the traveling show in Memphis last year. It was so funny. The only problem is that the entire crowd was laughing so much that I missed a lot of the show. I really wanted to see it on Broadway with David Hyde Pierce b/c he is my absolute fav actor, along with Edward Norton-they are both so talented! But, alas, no such luck, we saw Wicked instead)

I think that is it....I know, once again, I know I am spoiled. I also know why I do not have the $400 Marc Jacobs bag I covet, we use the money for entertainment. (Sigh) Oh, how I do wish Santa would bring it to me...but I know it won't happen. I do know what my present is this year and I will not be complaining about not getting a beautiful purse.....

So, you ask, what is coming up for us? Well, we are headed to NYC on Sunday for 3 days. We are seeing 3 shows in 2 days. Life just doesn't get much better. We have tickets to Grease on Tuesday night, a matinee for Boeing, Boeing (which according to the reviews we read is the funniest show ever on Broadway) and Wicked on Wednesday. We would do more but Ryan has to actually work for a day on Monday. We are also going to try and hit up Serendipity 3 twice. Wish us luck!

As far as the home front goes we are getting tickets to LOVE, the Beatles Cirque show here in Vegas, for Christmas. I am excited, I love the Beatles and I have heard good things about it.

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