Sometimes stuff is just so coolJanuary 14, 2008
It all started in the early 90’s.
I was teaching dance to a company of beautiful dancers and I choreographed a piece to “La Vie Boheme”. We competed and we won first place.
The girls loved the music. So I introduced them to the musical RENT. We danced to different songs from the soundtrack such as “Seasons of Love” and even “Take Me or Leave Me”.
I was dying to see the Broadway production so, I asked my company girls if they wanted to come with me.
We fell in love.
Obsessively, I saw it a few more times after that.
Then, a few years later the movie came out.
I was impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie be as close to good as the actual live production. But this was close.
As you know, I am a sucker for musicians. Always have been. And I always had a “thing” for the Roger character in the play…But he was just my type in the movie.
So I started following Adam Pascal more closely.
I bought his solo CD’s and really got into the music. Civilian is one of my favorite CD’s of all time.
I even went back in August to see him re-live Roger in the play. (swoon!)
I never saw him do his solo stuff live until this weekend. And I’m so sorry I took this long!
He was amazing!
I’m not about to review his entire performance. (His new stuff is amazing and I can’t wait for it to be released!) But I will say, he is personable, amazingly talented, (I love his raspy voice) funny, interesting and still absolutely adorable. I loved hearing him talk to us in between each song. It made him so real.
I am just as in love now as I was back in the day.
I was a little disappointed in the audience, however.
I’ve never seen so many people continue to get up and walk out of the theater during the performance. (At one point he even made a comment to someone leaving, in jest, but still.)
There were a lot of High School kids there and ALL they wanted to hear was RENT songs. How rude.
Yes, he is the best Roger RENT will ever see. But that’s not what he’s all about.
He even performed some other Broadway tunes, rearranged to show off his own take on them. (talent) But he only did one RENT song, “One Song Glory“. And this was the loudest response he received. I was disappointed. He and his partner Larry worked hard on arranging this performance and they were showcasing all of the newer songs which deserved huge applause! And the RENT song got the most attention.
I still wonder how he feels about that.
Anyway, so I’m still in love with my Friday night and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
I have the Backyardigan’s special TiVo’ed for myself…not Fa this time around. *snort*