April 3rd, 2011

First day of school

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Last night we went into the city to see "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" starring Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette, and Rob Bartlett!

Here's just one review:

The show is a diabolical take on the American dream realized via pure cunning and calculation. In the witty book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert (based on Shepherd Mead's novel), Finch's meteoric rise takes him in record time from window-washer to mailroom clerk to junior executive to VP of advertising, and finally, to chairman of the board. He hurdles over and eliminates rivals along the way, neglecting his steno-pool sweetheart Rosemary (Rose Hemingway) to serve his ambition.

Finch is a conniving antihero, so he needs to keep the audience on his side. On that count, the still-boyish Radcliffe's butter-wouldn't-melt smile and ingratiating manner fit the bill nicely.

Looking to expand his range as the Harry Potter franchise wraps up, Radcliffe deserves credit for setting himself new challenges. This role calls for an entirely different skill set from the febrile intensity he brought to his last Broadway assignment, as the psychotically disturbed stable boy in Equus. His voice is a little thin, but he does a capable job on Frank Loesser's songs, and while Ashford mostly entrusts the heavy lifting to the ensemble, Radcliffe more than holds his own in the boisterous dance numbers.

Overall, it was enjoyable. The sets and costumes were bright and entertaining. Our seats were good and I had a lovely time. We did get several autographs after the show (including Daniel Radcliffe's!)

First day of school

Why I have so many friends at Delta...

Friday's flight home was interesting - we got onto the plane, taxied out and were told that it would be a 10 minute delay. That turned into a 25 minute delay, and then an hour delay. Because of the length in the delay, we were taxied back to the airport and led off of the plane so they could refuel. We sat for 30 minutes and then got back on, where we had another 25 minute delay.

Today Delta called my parents house (not my cell phone!) and said that I had been moved to another flight tomorrow instead of my original 8:15am one. Needless to say, I spent some more time on the phone with Delta and made yet another new friend. You think they'd be tired of hearing my voice after a while...