Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maria Friedman Rearranged

Today seemed to be a day when nothing went according to plan. It wasn’t a particularly bad day; I just didn’t get to do any of the things I’d planned/wanted to do. Problems with the Glasgow phones following yesterday’s work on the London and Leeds firewalls occupied a fair portion. Mike G came to fill me in on what’s happening in the New York Office (it’s moving to Boston and growing) so there’ll be lots to do there next year and the day rounded off on an interesting meeting with Ian B (my boss) about strategic planning for the business.

This evening Rosie had arranged tickets to see Maria Friedman Rearranged. I’d not really heard of Maria Friedman before but Brett and Rosie are big fans. The show was a combination of showtunes and some rearranged pop music and she was certainly very good. Unexpectedly though, I was most moved by her rendition of a medley of Sunday in the Park With George; it was just well put together, conveying Dot's emotional journey through the show. Because Rowan had got the tickets through Maria’s niece (with whom she works), we were welcomed backstage after the show and ended up going down to the pub next to the venue with Maria and Andy (her MD), where we were shortly joined by Maria’s partner, Adrian, who’s currently appearing in La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse – a show which is definitely on our list to see. An enjoyable and interesting evening without doubt.

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