So last night was one of three times I can remember that my mom and I have left a show at intermission. I can’t say I had high hopes for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – the only jukebox musical I’ve ever liked is Beautiful – but with how great the Muny has been in recent years I was so disappointed. The show just didn’t go anywhere, but we still had a great day visiting St. Louis.
First we hit up Lone Elk Park, the county park meets wildlife reserve in St. Louis County near Webster Groves. We saw the cutest family of raccoons, deer, a turkey, and finally the bison and elk the park is known for. We were almost at the park’s exit (you drive through a loop of one way road that takes you through the park and wildlife area) thinking that we weren’t going to see any elk or bison when suddenly all the cars in front of us were stopped and there they were.
After our wilderness adventure we headed back to civilization and went to Seoul Taco on the Delmar Loop for dinner. We’ve been to Seoul Taco before, and I am obsessed with their awesome bulgogi burritos. The wrap holds salad greens, kimchi rice, shredded carrot, bulgogi, sour cream, cheese, and some kind of secret sauce that pulls everything together. My mom had bulgogi tacos which she enjoyed just as much.
Then, finally, we made our way to The Muny. Maybe we would have had a better time had it not been 97 degrees out all day, but I was just so disappointed since The Muny has such a great track record. One thing I can say about this show is that the set was pretty cool for an unchanging scene throughout the whole first act, and I loved how they turned the onstage turntable floor in to a giant vinyl record.
I am looking so forward to Into the Woods next week, which I know will be awesome. I have only seen the movie, never a stage production, so I am excited to see The Muny and the awesome cast of broadway actors they have brought in work their magic on this show.
My mom and I are season subscribers for The Muny. Every weekend this summer we head to the theatre in Forrest Park to fan ourselves with those cardboard squares stuck to popsicle sticks and take in some of the best theatre we can get in Missouri. Yesterday we saw Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin, directed by book writer Gordon Greenberg.
Before we made it to the theatre we had some extra time in St. Louis, so we hit up The Royale, an awesomely divey and chill bar/restaurant near Tower Grove Park. I had a Dark n Stormy and a burger, and my mom got their grilled cheese which is supposed to be the best in St. Louis.
The food and drinks were delicious and we both appreciated the laid back environment while we had our drinks and meal. We’ll definitely be back here, and are excited to sit out on their back patio when it isn’t so damn hot out.
This was only the second production of the musical, adapted from the film from the 40s. I couldn’t really get invested in the plot, but I loved the tap dance numbers and the gorgeous costumes, as well as the great performances by the whole cast. I spent years of my childhood and early teens tapping pretty seriously and planning on a dance career, and while that didn’t pan out due to a serious Achilles tendon injury, I still love seeing good dance and especially good tap onstage.
I was also excited to see Patti Murin perform again after being obsessed with Fly By Night, the off Broadway musical she starred in last summer. Now that the cast album has been released I listen to it almost every day and wish there was another production I could see. Her performance was great, and I always love seeing actors I like perform and supporting their new projects.
If you want to get to the heart of “things that are important to Richelle,” as is the case for many twenty-somethings, a good place to start would be with my tattoos. Pretty much on face value you get to musical theatre and cats – a set piece from one favorite musical, a line from another, and a portrait of my cat (named for a character from the first show, of course).
The butterfly, a set piece from the original production of Spring Awakening, and the portrait of my cat, Ilse, are by Erica Flannes of Red Rocket Tattoo; the text piece from the Fun Home musical is by Shannon Ritchie of the same studio. Every day I’m amazed at how well all three turned out, and especially at how well Erica really captured my cat’s likeness.
I feel like “what’s the meaning of your tattoo” conversations are as boring and weirdly personal as when people want to spend way too long telling you about their dreams, so I’ll keep it short, but all three of my tattoos represent really important elements of my life.
I guess this is supposed to sort of set the tone for this blog. Hi.