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Wednesday, October 31, 2012



As many others who travel to New York I saw a lot of other shows besides "A Chorus Line" and looking at my comments brings back a lot of memories and a few smiles.

The special performance of "A Chorus Line" took place the evening after I arrived in New York. The first show I saw was Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy". He had left the show by then and a favorite actor of mine, Jonathan Hadary, was in the role of Arnold.

"September 27, Tuesday, 1983--Went to see "Torch Song Trilogy"--LOVED it--cried a lot--laughed a lot--former with Arnold's pain and hurt--his breakup with Ed--his interplay with his mother--Sue picked us up in a limo. "

"September 28, Wednesday--Chuck and I went to see "Dreamgirls"--Buddy was one of the very few white faces in the show--"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" as the first act curtain song blew me away--WOW! That evening Bob and I went to see "A Chorus Line"--none of it's power has diminished"

I've already did the post of THE great "A Chorus Line" performance and went to see it the following evening again and the euphoria made me see it through the eyes of the previous day's performance.

"October 1, Saturday, 1983 Bill, Chuck, Tommy and I went to see the first matinee performance of "La Cage Aux Folles"--the first act curtain song sung by George Hearn, "I Am What I Am" was as shattering as the "Dreamgirls" "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going"

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"September 18, Wednesday 1985--arrived in city and went to see "As Is" starring Jonathan Hardary--first AIDS play on Broadway--touching especially brother's scene (A movie was eventually made starring Hardary and Robert Carradine which I bought on tape and I believe is available on DVD--it is certainly worth seeing as it is very true to the stage play)--that evening I saw Lily Tomlin in "In Search of Intelligent Life in the Universe" and she was a knock out!"

"September 20, Friday 1985--Kingsbery came in and he went to see "A Chorus Line" while I went to see Bernadette Peters in "Song and Dance"--she was the Song part and Christopher d'Ambroise was the Dance--it had officially opened two nights before--the show was really not entertaining but Peters sparkled"

"September 21, Saturday 1985--Bob and I went to see "A Chorus Line"--still the best"

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"September 22, Thursday 1988 Eleanor, Andy and I went to see "A Chorus Line" --it was good but maybe I was tired--don't know--didn't have the usual 'chills and thrills'

"September 23, Friday--Andy and I went to see a revue at the Actor's Playhouse in the Village called "10%"--cute but I don't think anyone will remember it 10 weeks from today--and, yes, if the title didn't tell you, it was a revue about gays"

"September 24, Saturday--went to see "A Chorus Line"--much better tonight-- reminded me why I fell in love with it the first time--(Though I didn't know it at the time it would be the last show I would ever see on Broadway)"

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It is unexplainable but there is something about seeing a show in New York that gives you a feeling you don't get anywhere else. It is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime like going to Rockefeller Center Christmas week--it can never, will never, be duplicated anywhere else.

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TENNISJIM 11/1/2012 6:23AM

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