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Title: MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 12:02:12 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've mothered the notes, the notes have mothered you and now you are ready to have a Mother's Day posting frenzy.  To it, I say.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 12:19:01 AM
I'm off to bed with a script. (Romantic.) Have three more to read for judging.
Unless my doggie serves me Mother's Day breakfast in bed, it ain't gonna happen. Who knows? Maybe he'll make me a kibble scramble.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 12:19:21 AM
I have just returned from a ceremony where a number of our immigrants officially became Australian citizens. Once recipient of citizenship was Colin's Brother-in-law Sean, who emigrated with his family from Wales over 30 years ago. It was interesting to see that there were few people of European descent amonst the 2000 new Australians citizens - this a truly multi-cultural society.
Included in the ceremony were that song embraced by Australians as an unofficial anthem - "I Still Call Australia Home"(Written of course by a second rate successful composer) and Bruce Woodley's (of the Seekers) marvellous "I Am Australian".They were so warmly received by the participants in the ceremony and their guests - people find these songs to be far more emotive than our National Anthem. They are songs that touch the heart - what more success could a songwriter wish?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 12:23:47 AM
It is 103 years today since the first Australian Parliament sat and today's ceremony was held in the same building.
The ceremony also included a tribute to Mothers.
Happy Mother's Day to all those DRs who are Moms (Mums). - Another one of the 366 days this year that I miss my own Mother.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 01:39:27 AM
 (http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/Spec/HMD-GoldGrn.gif)

Yes it is the Mother of all Days...Mother's Day.  ;D

Did any other DR's imagine that one celebrity or another was his/her long lost mother when you were growing up?





Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 01:43:28 AM
From yesterday...
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S. Woody, you do know that Mr. Don Bluth has a fictionalized version of himself in Krtizer Time do you not?  Oh, that's right - you haven't read it yet.  Oops (spoo, spelled backwards).

Heck, I have read the book and I didn't know that.

Had our final performance of Children of Eden tonight.  Went fairly well, great audience.  Nice to be done with it, but I have to admit that the show has grown on me in the last two weeks (after a few months of really not being fond of it).  And definitely gonna miss a few of the kids in the cast.  Went out afterwards with the choreographer (and her boyfriend) and the assistant director (and her husband) for drinks.  Good times had by all.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 02:07:39 AM
Congratulations on getting through to the otherside of Eden, DR Jed. Unlike Steinbeck, I guess you will be heading somewhere West Of Eden before long.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 02:13:34 AM
JRand: I just hoped for anyone really wealthy to be my real parents. The truth was a little disappointing. I was certainly a lot luckier having the ones that brought me up. (and not in terms of $). Great question.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 02:39:05 AM
Sitting on a book, indeed.  You know full well, Mr. BK, that I am quite tall enough and have no need to sit on a book to make myself taller.

Besides, it's not my copy of the book, it's der Brucer's.  Somebody made that painfully clear when he signed it for der Brucer and der Brucer alone.  Snit!  (Backwards, that's !tinS)





 ::)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 03:36:42 AM
Do you ever sleep, SWoody? :D
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jennifer on May 09, 2004, 05:57:26 AM
Happy Mother's Day to all the DRs who are mothers.

DR Panni, I hope you still have a wonderful Mother's Day if though your DD is not with you.

My gosh, I fell asleep so early last night, but feel so tired.  I hate when that happens.  I think I fell asleep at 8pm.  Yet a host of things woke me up (quite a few times) after midnight. I HATE THAT!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 06:59:19 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]   :)   Happy Mothers Day!   :) [/move]


JRand, that is a really pretty Moms day banner.  I really like it.  As for your question, no, I can't say I ever thought that.  I had many make believe celebrity friends but that was it.

Panni, did you get any doggie kisses this morning?  Bear is giving me the "Let's go for walk!" look as I type this.

Tom, I know how you feel only I miss my Dad on Fathers day.  



Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Matt H. on May 09, 2004, 07:09:25 AM
I forgot to mention yesterday that I, too, saw CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3-D. Not in its original release, of course, when I was a mere babe but during the 1982-83 revival of interest in 3-D. THough most of the new movies made in 3-D during those years were lousy (though the 3-D looked GREAT in something awful like FRIDAY THE 13th 3-D), several theaters around here starting booking the old 3-D movies from 1953-54, and that's when I saw HOUSE OF WAX, CREATURE, and DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER, and GORILLA AT LARGE in 3-D. I BEGGED the manager of one theater to book KISS ME KATE, but he said there would be no audience for a musical in 3-D. I argued with him that the 3-D would sell it, but he wouldn't do it.

Glad to read someone else likes GO WEST and THE BIG STORE. The first time I ever saw GO WEST was on a double bill at a revival theater with A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. Honestly, I liked GO WEST better. Not being an opera fan and getting very antsy with too much Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones and not enough of the Marx Bros., OPERA has never been one of my favorites despite some wonderful gags involving them.

Of course, we're all waiting anxiously for Universal's Marx Bros. box this fall with their first five gems. I have all of those on earlier releases, but it would be nice to get cleaned up, restored prints and soundtracks with those and also any extras that they want to throw in.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: td on May 09, 2004, 08:05:58 AM
(http://www.celebrations-balloons.co.uk/images/mothers/mother-bouquet1-small.jpg)

(http://www.baptistwholesalers.com/images/MothersDay.JPG)

for all of the mothers out there. . .
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 08:41:55 AM
Lovely Mother's Day greetings! (http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/liebe/love-smiley-038.gif)

Danise - Yes, I got doggie kisses this morning. I have a feeling they were more "Give me breakfast and take me for a walk" kisses. But I'm not one to look a gift kiss in the mouth, so to speak.

JR - Good question. I used to fantasize that I was the "real" daughter of Richard Burton -- and that he and Elizabeth Taylor took me in and made me part of their rather interesting lives.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 08:42:57 AM
Good morning, all!  And Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in our lives!

I spent the evening at VAN HELSING with my 14-year-old goddaughter who thought it was the coolest, but I, unfortunately, thought it was the lowest on so many levels:  the opening sequences with the mill and its refernces to the original Universal Frankenstein films was quite an intelligent opening, which I thought boded well, and the sequence at the Vatican was such a goof on James Bond gadgetry that it still looked promising, even if the Jekyll-Hyde sequence in between was an incdication of how low the film could go (lower, I fear).  After that, the film died in a  tooo-long (2+ hours) swamp of CGI effects, really awful monster makeup (what was on Igor's face and why did Frankenstein's monster look like the Pillsbury doughboy after plastic surgery?), and very little character development:  Martin Kemp's wolfman never had a character.  I also felt there was too little regard for the collective mythology of the monsters:  werewolves come and go as men whenever the full moon is clouded, it looks like daylight to me when the strange bird-bat-vampire ladies attack the village, what are the good of garlic and crucifixes against these CGI effects?

As far as plot, there was some resemblance to A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN, without the intentional humor, but the Frankenstein monster is still required by Dracula for evil use, there's some wolfman interference, and a lot of comic violence; after all the throwing about of people and falls, I'd just once like to see an "action" film where the fighters bleed, wear braces, casts and trusses or even die after a violent sequence.  The director-writer dedicates this film to his father; if I were his father, I'd be embarassed by my son's lack of taste, humor, and storytelling abilities.

DR RLP, I loved HELEN OF TROY as a child, and I blame it for stirring such an interest in mythology that I got a degree in Latin.  The two risible lines you mention are from two different takes on the Trojan War, and I suspect the writers felt a need to incorporate them.  They never bothered me, nor did I consider them laughable; for the record, the  line about  a face launching 1000 ships is from Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Faustus upon seeing a vision of Helen) and the Greeks bearing gifts line is from the AENEID of Virgil, where an actual, nonpoetic translation of the line is "I fear the Greeks even when they're bringing gifts."  In the AENEID, it's spoken by Laocoon the priest of Neptune just before he and his sons are kiled by serpents for advising the Trojans to keep the horse out of the city.

Is there Live Chat tonight at 9:00?  I may be E&T because of a visiting friend from Cincinnati.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: MBarnum on May 09, 2004, 08:59:19 AM
DR MattH, I didn't know that the early Marx Bros. were coming out on DVD again! Very good news..those are the Marx Bros. that I love!!

Fred Meyer's (a regional department store) is having a buy one get one free sale on their MGM DVDs today...I must go and see if there is anything I need/want!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 09, 2004, 09:19:58 AM
Good Morning!  Good Afternoon!

Well, I slept in today... and I meant really slept in, so...

"I'm late, I'm late...."

*Not that kind of "late" DR TCB!! ;)

I actually have a good Mother's Days story, but it would take a little time to type out, so I shall do so later today once I get back to Richmond tonight.  -Sorry for the teaser.

-OH!  It's just MBarnum and myself in here right now.  Oohhh!!..... :D  :-*

Ah, well...

OK... Time for me to putter around getting ready for the matinee... and I'll be puttering really fast... so...

And a very Happy Mother's Day to all!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 09:39:58 AM
Der Brucer's latest obsession, with bird feeders, continues.  He has now hung a new feeder outside his window, I think for finches or some such twittery thing.  Earlier, he was putting up a new holder for corn cobs, so that the squirrels can have their own feasting.  What he didn't realize was that, while he was on one side of the big pine tree outside his window, the squirrels were watching his every move from around the other side.

We've been getting Cardinals, Blue Jays, Grackles, a Woodpecker or two (no relation), and about a half dozen squirrels.

All of which may explain why he hasn't been reading books of late.  
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 09:40:43 AM
Sleep?

 :o
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 09:51:34 AM
Chat is tomorrow night.

S. Woody, I have a distinct memory of being asked specifically to sign the book specifically to der Brucer.  If THAT is the problem, send it back and I'll sign it again.  Obviously, I would have signed it to both of you unless I thought I'd been told to do otherwise.  SHAME!

And yes, Jed, Don Bluth and his brother Fred (now Toby) are in the book, fictionalized, with different names (same initials).
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 09:59:37 AM
Well, in that case it's der Brucer's fault for not being specific.  Can't trust that fellow to get anything right.   ;)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 10:01:26 AM
It's a very dull day.  Even the birds are bored.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:02:29 AM
I do hope you know that that is the ONLY way I wouldn't have signed it to both of you.  So, read the damn thing already.  And, if you like, send it back and I'll add you to the sig.  SHAME.

Now, where in tarnation IS everyone?  You'd think it was Mother's Day or something.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:09:02 AM
Surely this is the place to be for Mother's Day.  After all, we have lovely mothers on this site, and they feel lonesome and unloved because we are not having a partay atmosphere.  Let's have a partay atmosphere so our mothers don't feel unloved.  Let us have merriment and mirth and laughter and legs.  
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 10:29:58 AM
After all, we have lovely mothers on this site, and they feel lonesome and unloved because we are not having a partay atmosphere.  
If I may speak for all the lovely mothers on this site (of both sexes) -- we are not a pathetic bunch who are feeling lonesome and unloved :'(
on this our day of days.
As a matter of fact, we are collectively dancing on tables with roses in our lovely mouths.
(http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/party/party-smiley-017.gif)
Back me up on this all you lovely mothers (of both sexes) out there.
(Not that we're opposed to a partay HERE as well....)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:35:17 AM
The mothers of this site have been abandoned by too many errant and truant mothers.  That is unseemly and they will pay, oh, yes, they will pay (1.00 plux all applicable taxes).
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: td on May 09, 2004, 10:35:50 AM
Well, I am around, if only briefly.
I got a call from work  - if they get busy, they're gonna call me in.  How doctor-like - I'm on call!
So I hurredly got the foodstuffs together for Mother's Day Dinner - even if I'm gone, the steaks are marinating (Coke, Worcestshire, Frank's Red Hot - a mere smidge, and garlic cloves) ready for the grill, the baked spuds are ready to go into the oven, the fresh vegetables are ready to be steamed and the fruit cups are filled with pineapple chuncks, watermelon chunks and cantelope chunks. Dinner is at five, even if i get called to work, I should be back no later than six.

Interesting post, DR Panni.  Now, I often thought about being a reincarnation of a famous person, but, never fantasized about being anyone's offspring.  Valentino, yes, I was his reincarnation!  Isidor Straus, I'm him reincarnated, too.  Some lovely lass from 18th Century France who went from the farm to the palace of the king, yeah, that's me, too.
Of course, the latter is cause for concern, not only gender-wise, but, strange as it may seem, several friends as well as several acquaintances have told me that when they have a dream about me, they see an auburn haired lass wearing a richly brocaded, green velvet gown with a string of pearls around her ivory neck!   I've seen a girl who looks like that in my dreams, but, she's always a contemporary Frenchwoman - once she was a militant - who is leading me through The Louvre.  She has never entered my dreamstate as a personage from a different century, though.

Now, does anyone else have any reincarnation tales?

I'm also reading a wonderful book (Attention DRs Pogue and Panni) about the area that I live in.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/059530155X/qid=1084123930/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1__i1_xgl14/104-1206240-8195138?v=glance&s=books (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/059530155X/qid=1084123930/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1__i1_xgl14/104-1206240-8195138?v=glance&s=books)

The miner's strikes have been personalized, the author is the daughter of one of the miners, newspaper clippings dot the chapters and a murder takes place in the cemetary of the church that I belong to. . .It isn't KRITZERLAND, but it is a remarkable story which will someday make a fascinating film.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:41:56 AM
It's Mother's Day, that's what I'M talkin' about.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:42:07 AM
And one for Mahler.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:43:52 AM
And you know that all the errant and truant will return tomorrow posting pithy things like, "Oh, I was errant and truant" and they will have a variety and also a hollywood reporter of reasons, and we shall laugh and laugh and then bitch-slap them from here to eternity and hell and back.  They will know the the wrath of kahn, and the grapes of wrath, and the grapes of kahn and the wrath of grapes.  
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:44:07 AM
Well, there you are - page two.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: td on May 09, 2004, 10:45:22 AM
Does Mahler need another one?   :o
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:50:58 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the grapes of wrath and the wrath of kahn.  If kahn isn't available, then they will feel the wrath of Cohen.  They will feel the grapes of Cohen.  Of course, Cohen might not want his/her grapes felt and he/she might lash out and slug the feeler.  They shall feel the wrath of grapes and let me tell you grapes have a LOT of wrath.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:55:10 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the ire of meyer, and cherries of fire.  Cherries of Fire, wasn't that an Academy Award-winning film?

Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 10:55:42 AM
If I may be Scrooge for a moment (wrong holiday, I know)... Here are my true thoughts on Mother's Day (and Father's Day)... IMHO these are artificial holidays invented by commercial entities for commercial gain. Period. For many people who have never had children, but wanted to; who have absent children; whose children have died; for others whose mother has passed on or is "absent" in other ways; for children of divorce; for young children whose mother has died ...etc., etc...the permutations are vast... This is a day to be depressed and lonely. A day to be an outsider, nose pressed against the windows of all those seemingly happy families. (Please let me add that I'm not speaking about myself. I take days like today with a huge grain of salt. I love my daughter, she loves me. If we're together on Mother's Day - lovely - if not, we'll be together another day. As for my mother, I do miss her, yes - but the biggest fight I ever had with her when I was a kid - actually I never fought with her, never fought back, that is - it wasn't allowed - so it was the ONLY fight - was once on Mother's Day when I didn't get her a present.) To get back to my point - I do believe that as nice as it is to show one's mother appreciation, one shouldn't need a holiday to do that. This day just serves to rub salt into the wounds of those who are already hurting.
End of rant. Back to business as usual.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 10:57:15 AM
...And how come there's no Mahler's Day, I ask you!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 10:58:10 AM

Of course, the latter is cause for concern, not only gender-wise, but, strange as it may seem, several friends as well as several acquaintances have told me that when they have a dream about me, they see an auburn haired lass wearing a richly brocaded, green velvet gown with a string of pearls around her ivory neck!   I've seen a girl who looks like that in my dreams, but, she's always a contemporary Frenchwoman - once she was a militant - who is leading me through The Louvre.  She has never entered my dreamstate as a personage from a different century, though.

Now, does anyone else have any reincarnation tales


When I was a child, early 1950s, I used to dream of long buildings, barbed wire fences, and mud.  Around 1977, I had a peculiar dream involving my friend Eugene and his girfriend Peggy who was a librarian in Cincinnati:  we were on a packed train, claustrophobically crammed, and the word was, if you're assigned to the showers, you're dead.  Well, I was sent to the showers, and my last memory of this nightmare is some sort of gaseous explosion.  I kid you not; I dreamed this.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 10:59:53 AM
"Shame!  Come back, Shame!"

(The kid sticks his toe in a gopher hole while running and falls spat on his face.  Well, it would certainly grab Shame's attention.)

Here's another topic, if anyone is interested: Take a now-cliche scene from the movies, and tell us how you would shake up that cliche.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 11:02:04 AM
Does Mahler need another one?   :o
How do you think he got through his symphonies?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 11:02:37 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the ire of meyer, and cherries of fire.  Cherries of Fire, wasn't that an Academy Award-winning film?


And didn't it have a theme song by the lovely Spanish soprano Victoria de los Vangelis?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 11:02:38 AM
Oh - and for those of you who really like Mother's Day and are enjoying a beautiful day today - let me quote my patron saint, Rosanne Rosannadanna..."Never mind."
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 11:07:01 AM
Larry - The dream is simple to explain. You're obviously the real son of Madeline Albright.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 11:08:32 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the ire of meyer, and cherries of fire.  Cherries of Fire, wasn't that an Academy Award-winning film?
Soon to be remade as a musical, Cherries Jubilee.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 11:11:52 AM
This morning I was watching CBS Sunday Morning - one of the last of the civilized programs (or so I thought). So they begin with the news. The president of Chechnya was watching a military parade. There was a bomb under the stands and he, along with many others, was blown up and killed. And then - they show a close-up of the man right after he was blown up! I cannot get the image out of my head. I haven't been able to get my breakfast down yet. ...And these are the same people who call Janet Jackson's breast obscene!
End of rant #2.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: William E. Lurie on May 09, 2004, 11:18:59 AM
BYE BYE BIRDIE isn't exactly the kind of show that Encores! was created to do, but I'm glad they did.  I first saw the show in 1961, about ten months after it opened, and unlike today, there was not one replacement for any of the eleven principals yet, and no understudies going on for a Wednesday matinee.  I subsequently saw the First National Tour, the terrible first movie version, the television movie version and dozens of amateur productions over the year.  I'm happy to report that the Encores! Version resorted back to the initial production (no terrible title song) and despite the dreaded credit "concert adaptation", the only thing missing was the "How To Kill A Man Ballet" and some very minor dialogue.

As you know, I am a major Karen Ziemba fan, and she was wonderful as Rose.  True she isn't Spanish, but this role gave her the chance to show off all her talents and she sparkled.  By the way, this role was initially created as Polish for Carol Haney.  When Haney got sick, it was going to be played by Eydie Gorme who got pregnant.  When Chita was cast the Polish jokes were changed to Spanish jokes and the song "Spanish Rose" --- a song which would never be written in today's politically correct climate --- was added.

Daniel Jenkins was fine as Albert, but missing that something extra that Karen brought to Rose.  Jessica Grové was a perfect Kim, Bob Gaynor an ideal Conrad Birdie.  Less impressive were Doris Roberts as Mae and Walter Bobbie as Harry MacAfee, but then having seen Kay Medford and Paul Lynde in those roles, I have never seen anyone match them.

This was fully staged and the set was based on the Robert Randolph "Telephone Hour" jungle gym.  The orchestra was excellent, and the original orchestrations were used rather than the watered down ones that are included with the rental material for groups doing this show.

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The ads for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS gave no indication that this was a cut-down version done as an end-of-the-year class project for a drama school.  Yet the whole production was only 75 minutes long, three songs were totally missing and most other songs were cut in half.  However the original book was used instead of the awful rewritten version for the Broadway revisal, and it holds up very well, even in a less than ideal production.

To begin with, the head of this drama school probably picked this show so he could play Queen Aggravin in drag (her lines and songs were not abridged at all).  However there is a difference between a male actress (Harvey Fierstein, Charles Busch) and a bad drag queen, and her makeup inspired by Divine in "Pink Flamingos" didn't help.  To compensate for a male Queen, King Sextimus  was played by a woman.  And because this school has students of all ages, third grade girls played the Minstrel and the Jester.  Now there are hundreds (if not thousands) of talented children in New York.  These two are not among them.

A couple of non-students were brought in, and I am happy to say that Kristin Maloney was a wonderful Winifred, even though her songs were all shortened. Dauntless was played by a very good comic actor who could not sing at all.  He was the school's Assistant Acting Director (and reading between the lines in the program notes, probably Queen Aggravain's life partner).  In fact none of the singing leads could sing, although the chorus could and all had that extra spark of stage presence that is so often missing.

What the hell - it was a cheap ticket and it was good hearing the original dialogue from the show, or what was left of it.  And this production shows how well the material has aged.  It's a shame that the revisal has made a future major production very unlikely.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Noel on May 09, 2004, 11:19:02 AM
I, for one, call Janet Jackson's breast beautiful, but nobody ever asked me.

Do my eyes deceive me?  Is the sublime Miss Jones, perhaps the best American actress working in theatre today, really doing her own revisal of the Moss Hart-Cole Porter shipboard collaboration.  I'd be delighted to attend Cherry's Jubilee.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 11:21:33 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the wrath of Roth and the figs of wrath.  No, no, not figs, raisins - ah, liasons.  
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on May 09, 2004, 11:23:51 AM
DR Michael, my very best vibes to your dad and your family.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: td on May 09, 2004, 11:31:52 AM
I'm telling you they will feel the ire of meyer, and cherries of fire.  Cherries of Fire, wasn't that an Academy Award-winning film?

I thought that Terrence and Philip did that movie, CHERRIES OF FIRE.  Didn't they have that song, "Shut Your ****ing Face Uncle ****er?"
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on May 09, 2004, 11:32:39 AM
DR MattH,

This is not a jinx. Coco and I Had a Ball - we had different opinions on these. But I have a major hunch you're going to love The Boy From Oz as much as I did. From the simple first number to the blow-out finale, Hugh Jackman took my breath away. And the supporting cast, notably Beth Fowler (who deserves a best featured actress Tony nomination), is fine, too.

I arrived in New York the night BfO opened, and treated myself to an opening night ticket. And here's a direct quote from the important-looking guy at the next urinal during intermission: "I've handled Preston and Newley, and Jackman is bigger than both of them."
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 11:39:25 AM
To all those Dear Readers who place value in Mother's Day:  Happy Mother's Day.

To all those who do not give a fig (or a raisin) about Mother's Day:  Have a nice day.

There.  That should cover everyone.

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On a sad note, I see that Mr. Alan King has passed away.  To me, he was an icon of the Borscht Belt circuit and a certain era in our history.  (That is, the New York Jewish 1960's era.)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 11:42:44 AM
And what play was it, Dear Reader Panni, that you saw last evening?

As for my concert last night, Mr. Liszt was indisposed and his "Les Preludes" was withdrawn from the program.  Mr. Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste" did little to soothe me, though Mr. Dvorak's Seventh Symphony did succeed in that vein.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 11:50:21 AM
I thought that Terrence and Philip did that movie, CHERRIES OF FIRE.  Didn't they have that song, "Shut Your ****ing Face Uncle ****er?"
No, that was Assets of Fire, where Terrance and Philip took on Wall Street.  It co-starred Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, and Michael Douglas as the evil insurance salesman.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 12:01:29 PM
A question came up during the conversation der Brucer and I had with the composer (see yesterday's notes).  Gian Carlo Menotti's works were mentioned, and der Brucer and I had to admit not being familiar with them (although we are familiar with some of Samuel Barber's works).

The question is, which of Menotti's works would our fellow DRs suggest as a starting point for exploring his compositions?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 12:05:00 PM
Life is Just a Bowl of Chariots!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on May 09, 2004, 12:08:56 PM
From the NY Times

After performing for the British Royal Family, the story goes, Alan King was introduced to Queen Elizabeth.

"How do you do, Mr. King?" she is reported to have said.

"How do you do, Mrs. Queen?" he is said to have replied.

Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 12:18:37 PM
The plan was I was going to sit around like so much fish today.  Then why am I not sitting?  I have supper cooking, I have cleaned house and I have yet to pack for the Utah trip.

 I just can't seem to get to it. You would think it would a highlight but it's more of a chore than I would have thought.  I got the suit bag backed but the suit case is giving me trouble--what to take???  Even though I've been planning for weeks/months!  I don't think the suitcase is big enough for everything and this was the "small" trip.  Sigh.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 12:21:17 PM
A question came up during the conversation der Brucer and I had with the composer (see yesterday's notes).  Gian Carlo Menotti's works were mentioned, and der Brucer and I had to admit not being familiar with them (although we are familiar with some of Samuel Barber's works).

The question is, which of Menotti's works would our fellow DRs suggest as a starting point for exploring his compositions?

Menotti's best known works include Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Medium, The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street.

By the way (BTW in internet lingo), what is the name of your newly befriended composer?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 12:28:32 PM
Menotti's best known works include Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Medium, The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street.
Thank-you!
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By the way (BTW in internet lingo), what is the name of your newly befriended composer?
Last name is Silveirae.  He hasn't had anything recorded, as yet, but has had a few commissions.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 12:34:36 PM
Looking over tonight's television listings, it seems they're going all out to celebrate Mother's Day.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is being shown on ABC, the tale of a kid whos parents were both murdered.

Over on NBC, they're giving us an episode of Crossing Jordan, the tale of a young woman whos mother was murdered.

Over at The Simpsons (Fox), single childless citizens organize against kids and families.

But all is not lost, because on Biography (A&E) they're telling the tales of famous mothers and daughters, such as Joan and Melissa Rivers.

Eeeewwww!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 12:37:06 PM
And a Page Three Dance for Mahler's Mother!
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Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 12:38:51 PM
And what play was it, Dear Reader Panni, that you saw last evening?

I saw THE DRAWER BOY. I believe you also saw it, DR Jay. Liked it enormously. And it was a VERY strange feeling watching it, as the character of Miles is based on Miles Potter, an actor with whom I worked at the Theatre Passe Muraille (the very theatre for which - in the play and in reality - he was doing his farm research). I played Miles' sweetheart in Lope de Vega's DOG IN THE MANGER. A rather bizarre production in which we all wore heavily stylized costumes and wigs. I had a bright yellow outift, quite clingy, slit practically to the thigs; a very curly yellow-blonde wig and ballet shoes, as there was much Commedia style running about. The Theatre Passe Muraille was right downtown in TO in a rather marginal neigborhood. We walked in one night an hour before the performance and all the cotumes, make-up and wigs had been stolen! We had to go on, however, as it was to be a good house that night and the company could certainly not afford to refund the tickets. So we had to do the performance in our own clothes, sans wigs and make-up. Eeeek. Nothing to hide behind! It was like being up there naked.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 12:46:25 PM
BTW - Why is it "Mother's" Day and not "Mothers' " Day? And who is this one particular mother whose day we're celebrating? I mean, for all I know it's Nancy Reagan or Imelda Marcos. I need more information before I can commit to this holiday.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 12:53:03 PM
Oh - and for those of you who really like Mother's Day and are enjoying a beautiful day today - let me quote my patron saint, Rosanne Rosannadanna..."Never mind."

Let us not mix up our Gilda Radner characters!  "Never mind" is Emily Litella. :D
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 12:55:15 PM
The question is, which of Menotti's works would our fellow DRs suggest as a starting point for exploring his compositions?

My favorite Menotti is The Old Maid and the Thief.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 12:56:22 PM
Big Mother, that's who.

Yes, they will feel the Wrath and the Grapes of the Kahns and the Cohens and they will RUE the day they were errant and truant.  When they make their pithy comments we shall just laugh and laugh whilst bitch-slapping them from here to eternity and hell and back.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 12:57:14 PM
I want to wear a costume cut practically to the thigs.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 12:57:24 PM
And yes, Jed, Don Bluth and his brother Fred (now Toby) are in the book, fictionalized, with different names (same initials).

Knowing your initials rule, I knew which character it was as soon as you mentioned it, just hadn't realized who that D.B. was.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 09, 2004, 12:58:18 PM
Hello, fellow dear readers. And Happy Mother's Day, fellow dear reader mothers.

I went to church, then the cemetery. I haven't seen my own kids yet today, so it's been a pretty quiet day for me so far.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 01:01:20 PM
DR Jose - So do you have the same thought I do every night when Father yells, "Cain!!!!!" leading into "Mark of Cain?"  Inevitably makes me think of William Shatner shouting, "Khan!!!!!!" :D
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 01:04:17 PM
For those who've read Kritzer Time read on.  For those who haven't - STOP HERE and move right along.

The theater at which Benjamin does shows in Culver City, the Beach Brothers Theater, was, in fact, really called the Bluth Brothers Theater and was run by Fred and Don.  Fred directed the shows (and was sometimes in them) and Don played the piano.  I had no idea who he was or what his "day" job was until we were doing High Spirits.  One day I showed up and there was this incredible breathtaking drop of London at night.  I asked him where he'd gotten it.  He told me he'd "borrowed" it from Disney, where he'd painted it for Mary Poppins.  Haven't talked to Don in years (he's a very sweet man - he called me after my first Partridge Family aired to say how much he liked it - then I saw him at some sci-fi convention right after I'd shot Creature Wasn't Nice).  But I have seen and talked to Fred (now Toby) quite recently and am giving him the books.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 01:08:50 PM
Let us not mix up our Gilda Radner characters!  "Never mind" is Emily Litella. :D

I HANG MY ADDLED HEAD IN SHAME. I guess all these violins on television are getting to me. :P
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 01:10:23 PM
I want to wear a costume cut practically to the thigs.

If I still had mine, I'd send it to you.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jed on May 09, 2004, 01:24:26 PM
Must be off... headed down to Ellensburg to take my mother to dinner and such.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Maya on May 09, 2004, 01:28:52 PM
I got my mom new shoes for Mother's Day, and she also requested that I sing her something, so later, I am going to sing "Not While I'm Around" to her.  Completely decontextualized, of course, hehe.

From yesterday--

Jose wrote--"DR Maya - That "Dear Writer" song is truly one perplexing piece of music, and I've always wondered how exactly it was supposed to fit in the show - at least in the theme of show.  I guess as comic relief.  That being said...  I know most of that cast as friends, and I saw the show a few weeks ago.  Some very touching moments... and some truly heart-breaking moments.  I've always loved Sherri Edelen, and her rendition of "Anytime" had me sobbing when I saw it.  -And, actually, when Mr. Finn came to see the show, he apparently was crazy about her."

Sherri Edelen was terrific, and I thought her belt was just about as good as Carolee Carmello's!  Very moving performance(s).  I also thought Donna Migliaccio was just awesome, especially when she sang "Only One," and "Infinite Joy."  I got to say hi to her after the show (I know her from Sondheim.com), and she's such a nice woman too!

I don't have any reincarnation stories, but I DO believe in it 100%!  

Jed--congrats on a successful "Children of Eden" run!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 01:35:30 PM
BTW - Why is it "Mother's" Day and not "Mothers' " Day? And who is this one particular mother whose day we're celebrating? I mean, for all I know it's Nancy Reagan or Imelda Marcos. I need more information before I can commit to this holiday.
Medea.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 01:41:47 PM
I got my mom new shoes for Mother's Day, and she also requested that I sing her something, so later, I am going to sing "Not While I'm Around" to her.  Completely decontextualized, of course, hehe.
Or you could go on a Kander and Ebb kick, and sing to each other a song from Cabaret ("Don't Tell Mamma") and Chicago ("When You're Good to Mama").
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 01:53:40 PM
Or how about:

"Mama Will Provide," (Once on This Island)
"Momma, Look Sharp," (1776)
"Mamma Mia!" (Mamma Mia!)
"Mama I'm a Big Girl Now," (Hairspray)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 01:57:43 PM
Oops!  I forgot...

"Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine," (A New Brain)

Terribly spoo of me.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 01:59:00 PM
[quote author=William E. Lurie link=board=4;threadid=266;start=msg42749#msg42749 date=1084126739


This was fully staged and the set was based on the Robert Randolph "Telephone Hour" jungle gym.  The orchestra was excellent, and the original orchestrations were used rather than the watered down ones that are included with the rental material for groups doing this show.

******************************************

The ads for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS gave no indication that this was a cut-down version done as an end-of-the-year class project for a drama school.  Yet the whole production was only 75 minutes long, three songs were totally missing and most other songs were cut in half.  However the original book was used instead of the awful rewritten version for the Broadway revisal, and it holds up very well, even in a less than ideal production.
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DR WEL, two things:  I believe that Tams-Witmark no longer uses the "watered down" Phil Lang arrangement, and their restoration of around 6 yeras ago now is back to Ginzler.

Secondly, is this MATTRESS by the group that's been advertising the composer as Mary Rogers, not Rodgers, in various media around Manhattan for the past month or so?  There's a warning right there if they can't even get the composer's name right in the publicity.  Glad you enjoyed both, though.  I loved the Encores! production, and usually I don't.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 01:59:16 PM
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Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:00:50 PM
A question came up during the conversation der Brucer and I had with the composer (see yesterday's notes).  Gian Carlo Menotti's works were mentioned, and der Brucer and I had to admit not being familiar with them (although we are familiar with some of Samuel Barber's works).

The question is, which of Menotti's works would our fellow DRs suggest as a starting point for exploring his compositions?

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
THE TELEPHONE  & THE MEDIUM, which played Broadway as a bill of one-acts; the film of THE MEDIUM is quite interesting as well.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:04:29 PM
My favorite Menotti is The Old Maid and the Thief.

DR Jed, how could I fdrget that one?  "Steal me, Sweet Thief" is one of my favorite Menotti selections.  Maybe it's because the only extant recording has not made it to CD yet, and I never play my cassettes any more.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:09:27 PM
Or how about:

"Mama Will Provide," (Once on This Island)
"Momma, Look Sharp," (1776)
"Mamma Mia!" (Mamma Mia!)
"Mama I'm a Big Girl Now," (Hairspray)

"Mama"s Talkin' Soft"
"Mammy"
"Momma, a Rainbow"
And in some households, "When Mama Gets Married"
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 02:15:56 PM
Thanks for the thought, DR PANNI!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: William E. Lurie on May 09, 2004, 02:28:48 PM
Elmore - Yes it's that MATTRESS production.  The type in the ads is so small I didn't notice but the program spells it correctly.  I thought MATTRESS was controlled by MTI (it was originally), but the program credits R&H.  When did they take over the rights?

According to both a Playbill® article and the Saturday talkback, the Ginsler orchestrations were stored away in a box at Tams-Witmark and had to be partially restored.  Yet I somehow believe Elmore more than Rob Fisher.

*****

Alan King was Judy's opening act for years and also did "A Couple of Swells" with her in concert.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 02:33:36 PM
It's Mother's Day I'M talkin' about.

They will feel the Rath of Bacon I tell you.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:36:45 PM
So, when is chat?
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:44:07 PM

According to both a Playbill® article and the Saturday talkback, the Ginsler orchestrations were stored away in a box at Tams-Witmark and had to be partially restored.  Yet I somehow believe Elmore more than Rob Fisher.


DR WEL, thank you for the benefit of the doubt!  It's my memory that when the tv movie with Jason Alexander occurred, that the original scores were dragged out of storage and a new edition of BIRDIE was prepared.  I was asked to score two or three of the songs written for the tv production to go into an Appendix of the new edition.  So, I have dinner on Tuesday night with the Tams librarians, and I'll ask what's the story, morning glory?

I'm sure there were some key changes for Encores! but I can't state how many or how much other "adaptation" was done.  They used the Overture assembled for the recording, since the original Overture and Entr'acte were played under film projections, and it's my memory that the "English Teacher" song never ends, as it does on the recording, but runs straight into "The Telephone Hour."

Beyond that, I don't know.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:45:33 PM
Elmore - Yes it's that MATTRESS production.  The type in the ads is so small I didn't notice but the program spells it correctly.  I thought MATTRESS was controlled by MTI (it was originally), but the program credits R&H.  When did they take over the rights?

Good question, I don't know.  But I'm sure I know someone at R&H who can tell me.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:47:12 PM
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Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:47:37 PM
Yep!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 02:54:12 PM
I think chat is on Monday, Larry.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:56:26 PM
I think chat is on Monday, Larry.

AAAAAHHHHH!!! I may be E&T again!!!! No! No!

I can't dance, don't ask me.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: elmore3003 on May 09, 2004, 02:57:51 PM
I can't do the dance!  I can't spell "Screw!" My life is a mess!

Another Mother song:  A Mother Doesn't Matter Any More (tv BYE BYE BIRDIE)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 03:13:42 PM
DR Elmore, I dont even try with the smiley dance things!
I guess John Lennon's "Mother" would be inappropriate for Mother's Day. Great song.
There is alwasy the B J Thomas song "Mama". Of course those of us old enough will remember "Mama Look A Boo Boo" (Belafonte). - back when lyrics had meaning.,and of course the amazing Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not To Come" (Three Dog Night).
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Matt H. on May 09, 2004, 03:22:16 PM
I spent a wonderful afternoon enjoying two beautiful plays made into excellent films - SLEUTH and TORCH SONG TRILOGY.

Even though the SLEUTH DVD that I have was an early DVD and not anamorphic, it looks much better than I expected it to look. I wish that quirky John Addison score could have been piped through all the channels.

And TORCH SONG looks beautiful and has a DTS soundtrack which really amazed me.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jennifer on May 09, 2004, 03:40:06 PM
DRelmore, if you screw something up on the first try, just go back to your post and hit "modify" and try again!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jennifer on May 09, 2004, 03:44:23 PM
Earlier I had typed out what I was planning to do for Mother's day.  But somehow (and suprisingly for the first time ever) I accidently hit "reset form" instead of "post". ANd I didn't have time to retype.

So here is what I did:

My sis, her hubby, and I had pancake breakfast with my mom.  Then we went with my dad (and without my brother-in-law) to see The Shape Of things.  Then my mom and I had a BBQ and will watch Survivor.

The Shape of Things was good, but I didn't love it.  My sister had seen the movie, so she knew of the "twist".   I think DR Maya had a question about the play which she may ask.

Me, I cannot wait to watch Survivor tonight.  Very excited about that.  My fav is Rob Mariano, although I would be shocked if he won.  I do want him to get to the final two though.

I am also still wondering what this reunion show twist could be.

Anyhow I'm off, hope everyone had a great day.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Robin on May 09, 2004, 04:12:06 PM
Well, I was left parentless at the tender age of 18, so Mother's Day became pretty much meaningless to me for over two decades.  

Luckily, Michael's Mom is one of the kindest, gentlest and most understanding women that has ever walked the earth, and she has for all intents and purposes, adopted me and welcomed me into the family.  Not a day goes by that I fail to feel grateful to this wonderful ol' girl.  

So the day has meaning for me once again.  

We have just returned, through a hailstorm, no less, after taking her out for din-din at her favorite restaurant, The Olive Garden.  

Tonight, Michael and I are going to watch Queer as Folk and one of the deeveedees we bought quite a while ago, but have never bothered to watch.  It's called Sorry, Wrong Number.  Michael says it's darn close to being a Hitchcock film...I, however, have never seen this movie.  

But it has Burt Lancaster in it.  Which is always a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 04:19:17 PM
As mentioned in yesterday's notes and today's posts, chat is tomorrow.

They will feel the wrath of kahn and the fury of herman.  I tell you, it will be frightening around here tomorrow.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 04:38:12 PM
And there's always the following ode to motherhood, from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut...

Well.......
Kyle's mom's a bitch, she's a big fat bitch
She's the biggest bitch in the whole wide world
She's a stupid bitch if there ever was a bitch
She's a bitch to all the boys and girls

On Mondays she's a bitch, on Tuesdays she's a bitch
On Wednesdays and Saturdays she's a bitch
Then on Sunday just to be different
She's a super King Kamehameha bee-utch

Have you ever met my friend Kyle's mom
She's the biggest bitch in the whole wide world
She's a mean old bitch and she has stupid hair
She's a big big big big big big bitch

Bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch
She's a stupid bitch
Kyle's mom's a bitch and she's such a dirty bitch
I really mean it
Kyle's mom, she's a big fat f***ing bitch
Big old fat f***ing bitch Kyle's mom
Yeah!


(Obviously in reference to the mothers at other sites, not here.)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 04:45:59 PM
We had a very nice walk, in the time I was away.  Der Brucer and I took Marty, Mikey, Bonnie and Buster for a walk along a different part of the state park trail, from around the outlet malls to a stretch between a new bunch of condos and the local shantytown.  (It was easy to tell which was on which side of the trail, because on the shantytown side of the trail was a chain link fence, and on the condo side of the trail was a ten-foot high cinderblock wall.  So neighborly, don't you think?)

We decided, at the end of the trail, to cut around to the highway, which was much shorter.  Good think, since Marty and Mikey were beginning to get tuckered out.  We stopped at a car wash, where der B got a bottle of iced tea and a cup.  They all had a good slurp of iced tea, and were ready to head back to the car.  (Yup, the dogs all like iced tea.  They also like ginger ale and root beer.  Go figure.)

Home again, and I've got dinner to fix soon.  Chicken breasts, marinated in Dijon.  I think some lightly sauteed baby spinach on the side, and hows about some hush puppies!  I haven't made hush puppies before, but der Brucer found me a recipe.  The only thing I'm going to have to do differently is use regular milk instead of buttermilk.  Say la vie.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 04:54:43 PM
This makes my nineteenth or twentieth post today.

No wonder I can't read any damn books, I'm too busy posting on slack days covering for everyone else!

Damn them all to Bakersfield!
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 05:05:18 PM
Sorry Wrong Number is a bit overwrought for me - and Barbara Stanwyck's most irritating mannerism is on display in full force - but it is fun to watch.

The wrath of Herman?  Herman Munster?  Herman Cohen? Hermie the Robot?  All of them foes to  be reckoned with, I am sure.

VERY warm for May here, but so far we are being spared the storms.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 05:12:39 PM
I assumed Jerry Herman's wrath.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: TCB on May 09, 2004, 05:14:22 PM
I'm telling you they will feel the ire of meyer, and cherries of fire.  Cherries of Fire, wasn't that an Academy Award-winning film?



I think I would have preferred Cherries of Fire.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 05:21:20 PM
Do you realize that if all the posters currently perusing the board each posted 100 posts between now and midnight we'd break a new record.  

Today I watched a movie I'd TIVOd entitled Mr. Buddwing.  About a victim of amnesia, starring Mr. James Garner as... as... wait, I think I have amnesia.  Most of the dialogue is taken straight from Mr. Evan Hunter's book, Mr. Buddwing, but the entire point of the book is diluted and watered down by a "happy" ending - very unsatisfying.  But great shots of NY in 1965, including the theater district, with marquees for The Odd Couple, Half a Sixpence and Luv clearly visible.  

Here is an interesting coinkydink:  If one goes into my book room and peruses the fiction books (alphabetical by author) and goes to "H" you will find next to each other The Americanization of Emily by William Bradford Huie and Buddwing by Mr. Evan Hunter.  What is fascinating and strange is that both books were turned into MGM films and both films starred Mr. James Garner.  Believe It or Not.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 05:24:10 PM
As Dame Edna would say, "Spooky" BK.
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 05:24:58 PM
It's Tom Tom time!
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Post by: TCB on May 09, 2004, 05:26:22 PM
DR MattH,

I arrived in New York the night BfO opened, and treated myself to an opening night ticket. And here's a direct quote from the important-looking guy at the next urinal during intermission: "I've handled Preston and Newley, and Jackman is bigger than both of them."

Forgive me, DR Dan-in-Toronto, apparently it is my role here at HHW, but I haven't stopped laughing since I read that quote.
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 05:28:38 PM
All I did was beat out that rhythm on a drum and BK returned.  Maybe Beekay will return this eveing (probably tomorrow morning) for his comment on "The Producers".

I listened to the Cd of "Urinetown" last night. Amazing the difference when you have singers and not just actors who do not have great voices as was the case for the Melbourne Production. It sounds like a different show.
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 05:32:25 PM
Mr Jackman's wife smiles a lot.
Good to see yet another Australian actor doing well in "Troy" after his international debut (I think) in LOTR - ROTK.
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Post by: TCB on May 09, 2004, 05:35:04 PM
My favorite Menotti is The Old Maid and the Thief.

My favorite Menotti is The Randy Vicar and The Night Visitors.



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Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 05:47:33 PM
All packed!  It  I didn't think everything would fit but as my Dad used to say, "Where there's a Will, there's a William."
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Post by: TCB on May 09, 2004, 05:54:08 PM
All packed!  It  I didn't think everything would fit but as my Dad used to say, "Where there's a Will, there's a William."

Danise, I am so exited for you, as you prepare for the first of your two trips.  I would love to see Michael Ball in concert.  What day do you fly out?

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Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 05:59:35 PM
Thursday!  Just 3 short days from now.  I wish you could come see MB too!
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 06:06:27 PM
I am sure you will not be in anyway disappointed Danise. Michael's concerts here have been very well received. It should be a terrific night. Despite the fact that he has become a little more "Las Vegas" in the last few years - his voice still certainly has that ability to "move" the listener.
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Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 06:14:47 PM
I have a running joke with one of the guys at work.  He can't believe I'm going all the way to Utah to see MB and that I'm going to the concert twice.

"But it's going to be the SAME show!"  He says.

"And your POINT?" I reply.
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:17:14 PM
MB in Vegas....did CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG close in London?  

I have been trying to think of a response to DinTO's post, but couldn't.  I can only add the the quote heard by William Goldman during the intermission of Judy Garland At Home at the Palace in 1967....two businessmen on their way back to their wives.

B #1:  I don't know.....is it theatre?
B #2:  It's gotta be theatre.
B #1:  Why?
B #2:  It sure as hell ain't singin'!

Watching the TV MOM Edition of The Weakest Link being re-run on Game Show Network.  First TV MOM voted off:  Mrs Fillmore Crank.
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Post by: Danise on May 09, 2004, 06:21:47 PM
CCBB is still playing in London as far as I know.
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:24:37 PM
Page Five Dance....

happy happy happy....Oh it's WEL in the car.....

(http://www.regalweb.co.uk/loony/animated/finalbug.gif)
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:28:44 PM
DRDANISE - Michael Ball is a favorite of mine as well.   ;D

Many years ago - I bought this 45 RPM record.

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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:30:40 PM
Gary Wilmot is now playing Caractacus Potts in London.
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Post by: William E. Lurie on May 09, 2004, 06:47:12 PM
Jrand - I don't drive.  And I notice that since my post last week we've been getting only one page dance per page (not two or three) and a lot less "countdowns to the new page".

Since "Sorry Wrong Numbers" was mentioned, I'll repeat what a said here some time ago.  The radio version may have been considered scary when it was first broadcast, but now it reminds me of a Shelley Berman, Bob Newhart or Nichols and May routine with a woman trying to make herself understood by a telephone operator.
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:50:33 PM
LOL.
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 06:51:30 PM
It was a joke.
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Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 07:00:23 PM
"A joke yes.  We will laugh in the car."  Name that movie.

We must not lose our haineshisway.com sense of humor now.  That is what separates the wheat from the chaff or whatever the HELL that saying is.

And remember - they will feel the Wrath of Kahn and the Ire of Meyer.
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Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 07:30:51 PM
It's so slow around here even the six GUESTS are leaving.  
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Post by: td on May 09, 2004, 07:41:27 PM
It's so slow around here . . .  

HOW SLOW IS IT? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 07:57:33 PM
So slow that's it's already tomorrow here!
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 07:58:15 PM
LOL.

Can anyone guess the author of this poem:

A Young Man's Broken Heart

Well, it was a frail thing anyway;
So brittle and yet untried by different temperatures that
To heat it with such fires and then douse it with such icy blasts
Was sure to break it.

And the scattered pieces twisted into such desperate shapes
That it seemed a shame to pick them up and mold them back again.
So he left them there in tragic comforting forlorness.
He'll have to get a new one now, I guess.
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 08:00:25 PM
Voices to break your heart: The 10th Anniversay Les Mis concert with Ball & Kuhn. Well I like them.
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Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 08:01:07 PM
Jack Earles?
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 08:04:23 PM
No it is not Jack Randall Earles....LOL...but thanks for the compliment!
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Post by: George on May 09, 2004, 08:24:23 PM
I have a running joke with one of the guys at work.  He can't believe I'm going all the way to Utah to see MB and that I'm going to the concert twice.

"But it's going to be the SAME show!"  He says.

"And your POINT?" I reply.

Danise, if you want to, you can tell your friend this example of fan-dom:  My niece loved a British singing group called STEPS (they made their dance steps easy to learn so that all of their fans could dance along with them).  Anyway, my niece bought a lot of their stuff on eBay and saw tickets for sale...tickets for concerts in England!  She talked her mother (my sister) and her mother's boyfriend into getting the tickets for her!  It was December 2001 (only three months after 9/11) and flights were cheap.  So cheap that for my Chrismas present, my sister and her boyfriend bought ME a flight to go along with them.  Larry (my sister's boyfriend) ended up not going, but the three of us went from Washington State all the way to England strictly for the purpose of seeing STEPS in concert!  And since we were going all that way, they figured that we might as well see them twice.  Which we did, like you're going to do!  So, going from Florida to Utah is NOTHING!

We did get to see some "legitimate" shows while we were there...Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Brendan Fraser, Frances O'Connor and Ned Beatty, Starlight Express and Kiss Me, Kate with Marin Mazzie and the WSMA (World's Sexiest Man Alive in HHW lingo):  Brent Barrett!  And many CDs were purchased by my niece and I.

I taped the Internet broadcast of Sunset Boulevard last week with MB and Petula Clark.  It was the whole show, not just the songs, and it's pretty good (unless you don't like the show to begin with).

I'd love to see MB in concert.  Hope you have a great time!
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Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 08:31:50 PM
No one can guess my movie quote?  SHAME.
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Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 08:32:40 PM
Welcome nine GUESTS.  Come say hello to all the mothers why don't you?
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 09, 2004, 08:40:53 PM
DR Danise, I totally understand. As long as you are traveling so far, you should see the show twice. We do that, too.
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 09, 2004, 08:42:15 PM
My son took me to a lovely Italian restaurant for dinner, and we had a very nice time.
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 08:42:53 PM
And remember - they will feel the Wrath of Kahn and the Ire of Meyer.
Shouldn't that be the Ire of Roni?
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Post by: Matt H. on May 09, 2004, 08:49:47 PM
Well, I love SORRY WRONG NUMBER. Stanwyck is a calculating, manipulative bitch, and yet when the end drew near, I didn't want her to be murdered. For me, that slow dawning on her as the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place makes the film very worthwhile.
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Post by: Matt H. on May 09, 2004, 08:52:09 PM
I know Michael Ball is a big star in England, but CHITTY certainly isn't about to close because he leaves the show. He was replaced some months ago.
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 08:54:33 PM
Recipe time.

This time, we're making HUSH PUPPIES!  And they taste a heck of a lot better than shoe leather!

In a nice bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 and a half cups yellow cornmeal, a tablespoon brown sugar, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.  To this, stir in an egg and a cup of buttermilk (or regular milk) until blended.  Fold in a finely chopped onion.

Heat some oil (peanut oil is recommended because of it's high smoke point, but keep things well ventilated) to the depth of 2 or 3 inches in a deep skillet, until very hot, about 375 degrees.  Drop the "hush puppies" into the oil by spoonfulls and let fry, turning once, until golden on all sides.  Drain on a rack or paper towels, and serve warm with butter.

Well, with butter and pancake syrup, or molasses is good, too.  

One problem with this recipe is that it doesn't divide well, because of that "one egg" thing.  On the other hand, the reason they're called "hush puppies" is because cooks in early American days would toss the fried batter bits to the dogs, to keep them from begging too much in the kitchen.

Howzat!  American cultural trivia and a recipe at the same time!
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 08:56:06 PM
Well, I love SORRY WRONG NUMBER. Stanwyck is a calculating, manipulative bitch...
Barbara Stanwyck is Kyle's Mother?!?!?!?

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
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Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 08:56:53 PM
Today I helped my Dear Mother celebrate Mother's Day by taking her shopping for a toilet seat for the new toilet we went shopping for a couple of weeks ago.

Am I a good son or what?
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 09:02:06 PM
It should be an interesting week of television this time around.  Not only do we have a Dick Van Dyke reunion on Tuesday, and a Carol Burnett special on Wednesday, but there is also the telefilm version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time tomorrow.  I'm hoping this turns out well, since L'Engle never doubted the intelligence of her reading audience.
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 09, 2004, 09:05:54 PM
You mean there hasn't been a seat on that thing since you bought it a couple weeks ago, Jay?
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Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 09:13:42 PM
You mean there hasn't been a seat on that thing since you bought it a couple weeks ago, Jay?

That's right!  

Oh, horror, you think!

But, thankfully, the new toilet sits in the Dear Mother's guest bathroom, so she was neither inconvenienced nor chilled in unseemly fashion during this period at all.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 09, 2004, 09:14:50 PM
DR Jose - So do you have the same thought I do every night when Father yells, "Cain!!!!!" leading into "Mark of Cain?"  Inevitably makes me think of William Shatner shouting, "Khan!!!!!!" :D

DR Jed - NOW I will!  ;)
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 09, 2004, 09:19:58 PM
Well, THAT'S good to hear!
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 09:21:38 PM
I can hear it now...

"You didn't put the toilet seat down!"

"What dang toilet seat?"


Frankly, I've never understood why women can't be responsible enough to put the seat down for themselves, but that's a guy attitude.  It's kinda like we're supposed to open doors for them without it being demeaning in some way.  You can't win for trying.
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Post by: Jay on May 09, 2004, 09:29:42 PM
I can hear it now...

"You didn't put the toilet seat down!"

"What dang toilet seat?"


Frankly, I've never understood why women can't be responsible enough to put the seat down for themselves, but that's a guy attitude.  It's kinda like we're supposed to open doors for them without it being demeaning in some way.  You can't win for trying.

If everyone sat down to pee it wouldn't be an issue.
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 09:34:15 PM
ROBIN did you know all the steps?

MR BK I don't know the movie quote....although when you give us the answer, I am sure I will.

It does sound like something Cary Grant would say.
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Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 10:15:44 PM
Right star, although he didn't speak the line.  North by Northwest.

Grant: What is this, a joke?
Thug (Robert Ellenstein): Yes, a joke.  We will laugh in the car.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 09, 2004, 10:24:09 PM
Good Evening!

Well, I got my buttcheeks in gear after posting here this morning, and I managed to clean the apartment, wash the dishes, take a shower, find my paycheck (Boy, was that a MAJOR panic moment!!!!), throw away the trash, sort my laundry (which I will do on Tuesday when I get back), packed my bags for Richmond, etc., etc., etc... And I was able to catch the 1:35 Orange Line train, and made it to the theatre before the 1/2 hour call.  -Well, the musician's union doesn't require a 1/2 call - just that you're there by the downbeat - but I don't feel comfortable getting to the theatre "late".

We had a good matinee today, and there were some darn cute kids in the audience today too.  All the young women dressed in their Sunday best, and the young men dressed in their nice shirts and ties.  There was a three or four year old boy in the first row of the balcony who got noticed by everyone in the show - he, apparently, was smiling and attentive the whole show.

After the matinee, I headed back to the apartment, got my car packed up, and headed out to my parents' house to wish my Mom a very happy Mother's Day.  Well, since they were about to head out dinner - since my mother worked today - I went ahead and joined them.  We went to one of those buffet places which actually has some quite good food.  The line looked ridiculously long to get in when we got there, but it turned out only to be a 15 minute wait to get seated... and since it was buffet, there was no wait time to get our food.

It was fun watching my niece and nephew eat and actually feed each other at times.  And my almost two-year-old niece has some pretty good table manners when she puts her mind to it.  *At least she didn't break out screaming and crying this time when I tried to pick her up...  instead, she hit me!  What gives?!?!?!  *Apparently, hitting people is her new "thing" - hopefully, my brother and his wife will remedy that "thing" soon.

After dinner, I got in my car and headed back to Richmond.  A beautiful night for a drive!  And, thankfully, all the traffic was going northbound - I kept hearing about the traffic, but not until I saw that it was actually solid for about 40-50 miles(!) did I believe it.  -Must have been all the college graduations, I guess.

I stopped by Steve's on the way back, and we watched QAF - thankfully, it looks like after tonight's show, there will be no more atrocious dubbing of Ted's operatic singing "voice" - accompanied by those VERY synthy accompaniments.  Then after QAF it was back to my place - with a stop at 7-11 for some "snackage".  And now I'm here posting on HHW...

As for the Mother's Day story I hinted at earlier, well.. it's kind of slipped my mind... Well, actually, for me to tell it would require some "organization" time on my part.. if you thought I rambled now... However, I will share that Mother's Day - and Father's Day - used to be a major source of stress for our family.  How you may ask?  Well... My Mom does not believe in reservations.  She just always assumes that a restaurant will be able to seat a family of 6 (or sometimes 9) in just a few minutes after arriving... on Mother's Day!?!?!?!  For Brunch!?!?!?!!?  Well... There was one time when my Mom was just so set on having brunch... and after waiting for an hour and a half... and even after my Dad had taken one of my brother's cars back home...  Needless to say, it was quite the tense afternoon...  Finally, my Dad got smart - he would start cooking a leg of lamb in the oven in the morning... This way we all knew where we were going to eat after church!  ;D

OK - I'm starting to fade, and I still have to check on a few things before turning in...  But I shall check back before I turn in.... laters...

OH - R&H secured the rights to any and all Rodgers (Richard or Mary) properties a few years ago (Rodgers & Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart included).  They also now handle all the Andrew Lloyd Webber shows - some used to be with Tams and/or MTI.  Kind of a "completist" strategy I guess.  *Of course, when they took over Evita, they just recopied the old parts instead of doing new ones.... well, new corrected ones.  Ah, well...  Some day.  *And MTI now handles all of Stephen Schwartz's works - Godspell used to be with a different company.  However, MTI did Finale-ize the Godspell P/V score - unfortunately, they also Finale-ized the mistakes in the previous published scores plus adding a few more of their own.  Ah, well...

OK, I digressed....

Ciao for niao...
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 10:24:33 PM
If everyone sat down to pee it wouldn't be an issue.
It's female chauvanism, is what it is!

Ever been in a house where they've got a device installed, where you have to HOLD the seat up to pee standing up, or the damn thing falls down?

Ever tried dealing with that sort of bull when you're over six feet tall, and bending over to hold the damn seat up while peeing puts that much more pressure on your bladder, so that peeing hurts?

It's women, who aren't considerate enough to realize what they're doing to other people, that's the problem!  If they want the toilet seat down when they want to pee, they can put it down for themselves!  Blaming men for what they want is bullshit!

Sincerely, S. Woody, who is damn glad that he's living in a house where the only female in residence is glad to go outside and squat when she wants to pee!  (Good Bonnie, good girl!)
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Post by: George on May 09, 2004, 10:32:42 PM
It should be an interesting week of television this time around.  Not only do we have a Dick Van Dyke reunion on Tuesday, and a Carol Burnett special on Wednesday, but there is also the telefilm version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time tomorrow.  I'm hoping this turns out well, since L'Engle never doubted the intelligence of her reading audience.

But did L'Engle herself write the screenplay?  There are examples of good books being made into bad movies.  I can't think of one off the top of my head, but I know that there are some. ::)  I've never read the book, but friends of mine have said that it's very good.  For their sake, I hope it's a good movie.

Anyway, for Mother's Day (or Mothers' Day), my sister got (from her daughter and boyfriend) a porch swing!  She has an actual porch in her new house and now she has a swing to swing on on her porch!  Isn't that splendiferous?  Isn't that just too too?

My mom loves any kind of gardening stuff.  My sister and I bought her a bird bath for Mother's Day.  She had a one that broke several months ago.  The one we got is a little more sturdy, it's a terra cotta-like material with lovely purple glaze.  Very nice and fits in beautifully with my mom's garden.  She's very happy with it.  A good weekend for celebrating was had by all. :D
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Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 10:40:12 PM
Ahh...I thought it was Grant related.   Of course.....

DRJOSE I am with you....hopefully Ted won't have to "sing" again.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 09, 2004, 10:43:12 PM
Alas... I need to make sure I'm well rested for my last (it better be!!!) follow-up doctor's appointment in the morning.... So...

Goodnight.
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Post by: George on May 09, 2004, 10:48:19 PM
It should be an interesting week of television this time around.  Not only do we have a Dick Van Dyke reunion on Tuesday, and a Carol Burnett special on Wednesday, but there is also the telefilm version of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time tomorrow.  I'm hoping this turns out well, since L'Engle never doubted the intelligence of her reading audience.

Woody, your observation was similar to what my dad said when we went to see "Fantasia 2000."  We saw it in Seattle in the Imax theater (not important to the story, but it was pretty darned cool) and he commented that every scene (unlike the original) was introduced...that every scene had to have an explanation.  He said that Walt Disney (especially in regards to the original Fantasia) "assumed the intelligence of the audience."  He feels that no one does that anymore.  I think he's right.

Except for places like HHW, of course! ;D

Good night, all!
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Post by: Panni on May 09, 2004, 10:50:13 PM
As well as being a terrific comedian, Alan King, from everything I've heard (he was one of my agent's oldest clients) was a good guy. Rare in this business.
So, in his honor, two of his old jokes:

A short summary of every Jewish holiday: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat."

And...

What's the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother? ...Eventually the Rottweiler lets go.

I'm tired. Going to bed. 'Night, all.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: George on May 09, 2004, 10:58:01 PM
Okay, one last "Mother" thing, then I'm going to bed.  A friend of mine in college taught me this tongue-twister.  I've heard another version, but this is what I learned:

I am a mother pheasant plucker.
I am the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker,
Ever to pluck a mother pheasant.


Of course, when one is learning it, one (me) has (had) a tendency to start out with "I am a pleasant mother f...." :o Oops!  (Spoo spelled backwards.)
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: bk on May 09, 2004, 11:00:19 PM
Tired?  What did you DO that you're so tired?  I actually fell asleep about ten times today.  Still slightly recouping from the stomach probs of yesterday.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: TCB on May 09, 2004, 11:24:49 PM
DRDANISE - Michael Ball is a favorite of mine as well.   ;D

Many years ago - I bought this 45 RPM record.



What's a 45 RPM record?


Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Jrand69 on May 09, 2004, 11:37:28 PM
Ha ha.
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 11:37:51 PM
But did L'Engle herself write the screenplay?  There are examples of good books being made into bad movies.  I can't think of one off the top of my head, but I know that there are some. ::)  I've never read the book, but friends of mine have said that it's very good.  For their sake, I hope it's a good movie.
From what I've read, the producer has been working with L'Engle for years, trying to bring this project to the screen, and they are still very good friends.  This either bodes well for the film, or L'Engle has totally sold out.  Given that A Wrinkle in Time was just the first in a series of books, all of which matched her initial vision while taking the ideas in new directions, selling out doesn't seem likely.  She's a good writer, worth seeking out.
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Post by: S. Woody White on May 09, 2004, 11:42:10 PM
Woody, your observation was similar to what my dad said when we went to see "Fantasia 2000."  We saw it in Seattle in the Imax theater (not important to the story, but it was pretty darned cool) and he commented that every scene (unlike the original) was introduced...that every scene had to have an explanation.  He said that Walt Disney (especially in regards to the original Fantasia) "assumed the intelligence of the audience."  He feels that no one does that anymore.  I think he's right.

Except for places like HHW, of course! ;D

Good night, all!
Uh, yes and no.  The original Fantasia used Deems Taylor to introduce each piece, and explain to the audience what they were about to see.  A number of people seem to forget Mr. Taylor.

Modified for the strike-out.
Title: Re:MOTHER'S DAY
Post by: Tomovoz on May 09, 2004, 11:50:05 PM
What's a 45 RPM record?



No doubt you haven't forgotten the 10" and 12" - just the 7".  Selective memory TCB.