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08 November 2018 @ 06:01 pm
I was singing a song today on my singing app, from "Crazy For You", and I was remembering back to when I saw it in Toronto when I was about nine years old. And I casually went, 'oh, yeah, Mickey Rooney was in that when I saw it'. And then I went, 'no, wait, that can't be right'. And I asked my mom and she agreed that she didn't think Mickey Rooney was in it when we saw it. And so I Googled it.

And it turned out I actually saw Mickey Rooney onstage when I was nine years old and for the rest of my life have casually filed that away as a thing without putting much thought it in until today. When I realized it was actually kind of cool to have seen a famous actor from the Golden Age of Cinema in probably one of his last stage roles. Especially cool due to the fact that it was one of only two professional live productions I've seen in my life. Camilla Scott of Due South fame played Polly, I did remember that when I started watching Due South later in life. She was really good.

In two other musical related items: I saw An American in Paris (a recording of the London cast) on PBS last week and it is probably the most enjoyable thing I have watched in, like, years maybe. Goodness me that is an amazing production!

And I randomly watched a bit of a French rock musical on youTube this morning in a 'just woke up and watching youTube' way and discovered I can now understand French without subtitles if it is spoken by clear-speaking European French people. Which is less helpful than if I understood it when spoken by rapid-speaking French-Canadians, but a step in the right direction.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on November 9th, 2018 12:44 am (UTC)
Wow, that's so cool that you just remembered it like that.

I grew up just outside of NYC and we went in to see shows on Broadway a few times a year so I knew I saw numerous stars but I didn't think it was all that unusual until I moved to MN and realized how lucky I'd been. Unfortunately nearly all my playbills got tossed a few moved ago, and I couldn't hope to remember all the shows, but it's still need to think of. Live theater (or recorded live as well) is so amazing.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry magickingawanderingbard on November 9th, 2018 01:26 am (UTC)
I’ve only seen Crazy for You in Toronto and Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown that were professional productions. I’ve seen a ton of local theatre and am really lucky to live in an area with amazing amateur productions, but my ill health over the years made it really hard to travel to see shows from my teenage years onward, so the closest I get to Broadway and the West End is recorded productions. Hopefully one day I’ll at least be able to get back to Toronto to see something.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on November 9th, 2018 01:36 am (UTC)
I've seen some amazing amateur stuff too, big city stuff is great and all but even high school kids can put on a good show
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 9th, 2018 04:57 am (UTC)
For sure! My favourite production I've seen live was done at a theatre in a town about an hourish away from us. They did an amazing production of 'The Secret Garden' on a very small stage with some awesome actors. I've even seen a couple of productions in Stowe, Vermont when I was on vacation there that were done in the town hall and awesome. I've not seen anything live that I didn't really enjoy.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on November 10th, 2018 01:33 am (UTC)
Wow—that's very cool!