Back home again in Indiana! *G*
First off, *APPLAUSE* to Tig and her musical, "She Loves Me". It's a musical based on the "The Shop Around the Corner", a movie that starred Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Sullivan, about two shop clerks in a small boutique in Hungary who bicker in person, but, unbeknownst to them, are ardent penpals. It's the same story that was recently done by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail".
It's a musical, and what a great job they did! The two main characters were wonderfully played. The female lead has an amazing voice and is a great actress (but too skinny! *G*), and I loved the main lead - perfect looks and voice for a male lead, with a face a bit like Colin Firth's and mannerisms stolen from the best - Jimmy Stewart and Jack Lemmon. *G* There's also a great character part in the ditzy wild spinster who decides to give up the wild life and ends up meeting the "right man" in a library. More good singing and acting by the two other male clerks, as well. The first half was just a bit too long and one-note, but the second half had more heart and great songs.
But, of course, I was there to see Tig! She playes one of the three female customers who weave in and out of the life of the store. She looks just smashing with a wig that's a short blonde curly bob and a jaunty little flat hat, wearing the long straight profile dresses of the 30's. I actually didn't recognize her at first in one of the theatre photos! She's in three wonderfully choreographed pieces, as well as popping up when needed by the plot. The first is a great funny song where you watch 3 clerks serving 3 customers at the same time, and hear just a word from each conversation at a time, resulting in strange funny sentences like "I" "recommend" "toothpaste" "on your" "left" "earlobe".... and things like that. *G* The second is near the end of the first act, where the two penpals are going to meet, and you get a dance number with three couples - nice footwork, Tig! Finally, as Christmas approaches, and the two clerks are starting to realize they're in love with each other, there's a crazily choreographed song about the increasing pressure of Christmas shopping. Great voice, Tig - it was terrific getting to see and hear you in an show where your voice can be heard by itself and in harmony. I hope you'll tell the cast how impressed your friend was. It reminded me of the theatre I used to subscribe to in Evanston/Skokie - and that's saying a LOT! *G*
And thanks again to your folks for being so tolerant of me popping in and out like that - your mom's such a sweetheart! *S*