Monday, February 27, 2006

Farewell 2Co's

Saturday night was the last show at 2Co's, and Amy, Randy, Gary & I were there. Heather was originally going to be joining us as well, but unfortunately she couldn't make it. We headed down around 5pm and there was ALREADY someone in line, even though the doors didn't open until 7pm. We killed some time at Randy's apt, then I headed over and got in line at 6pm. The others all went back to Randy's apt to stay inside in the warm. Which was probably a good thing, because it was DAMN COLD out, and I was pretty well frozen by the time they finally let us in. It was a full house - after only selling a few tickets they closed it to the general public and made it invitation only, filling the place up with hardcore regulars and a few former staff. There was a lot of great energy coming out of the audience and the performers really gave it their all, making for one hell of a great show. Amy & I had already seen it once before, but it was MORE than worth seeing it again, and this one was really all out with some excellent performances all-around. After the show there was much applause, some crying, and a nice speech by Steve Guyer, then everyone retired to the gallery for cake and a little reception. All-in-all it was a really great night and I'm so glad that we were able to be a part of it. I'm really going to miss a lot of the performers who aren't moving on to Shadowbox (including a few who had already left), but I can understand folks wanting to move on and wish them the best. If you never got a chance to check out a show at 2Co's, you missed out on one hell of a great experience...

Sunday we hit-up Shadowbox proper for the matinee of The Who's TOMMY. Wow, that was way cool. First off, just the stage alone blew me away - they've got a cap over the middle stage to make it equally as tall and deep from wall-to-wall and it's just crazy looking, being so used to the regular setup. It was also a blast seeing the Newport who came up to be in the show. They did a really great job with it -being more faithful to the original album then the Broadway musical or the 70s-tastic movie. I do love the movie, and I missed the religous overtones, but it was an awesome production, and included some REALLY well done video work on the screens. And of course solid performances from some of their best folks. If you like Shadowbox, or musicals, or The Who, you NEED to see this show.