feeling gleeful

Did anyone catch Glee on Fox this Tuesday night? It was incredible! I am sure I enjoyed it because I’m a musical theatre nerd, but I think anyone would be a fan of the humor and heart in this show. Plus the music is nothing short of spectacular.

I have never seen Nip/Tuck or Popular, but apparently the same guy who created those shows also created Glee. So far I love every single character, particularly Matthew Morrison as teacher and glee club coach Mr. Schuester, Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury (I liked her as Charlie on Heroes), and Lea Michele as goody-two-shoes Rachel Berry (her character reminds me so much of Reese Witherspoon in Election, yet much more likeable…. and looks-wise she reminds me so much of Idina Menzel of Rent and Wicked fame).

The only problem is that Tuesday’s pilot episode was just a teaser and the show won’t be back until September! Hopefully once it’s back it will have some staying power, because I am already smitten with this show.

If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely check out the full pilot episode on HULU.

Number 22

What a fantastic weekend I had in New York. I go several times a year, but sometimes it’s fun to really be a tourist in the city, which is not something I always do. My tourist-status allowed me to check a few more things off of my 101 in 1001 list. First up:

22. See a Tony Award winning musical on Broadway

My mom and I got tickets to see In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. It was absolutely wonderful. Great story, great music, great characters, great dancing, great set, great talent. I have seen my fair share of Broadway shows, and no matter the cost, I truly believe that the experience of attending live theatre is worth every penny. I’m always blown away by the immense talent that fits onto one stage, and I’m so lucky to live close enough to New York to take advantage.

On our way to the show on Thursday night, my mom and I decided to stop by the theatre next door where Billy Elliot was playing to see if they had any tickets available for Friday night. We’re rarely in the city long enough to see more than one show, so why not take advantage of our long-weekend trip? We had both heard a bit of buzz surrounding Billy, and I am such a fan of the movie, so I was really curious to see the musical adaptation.

Lo and behold, they had just had a cancellation for Friday night — two seats, third row orchestra. Um, yes please, we’ll take ’em.

As much as I loved ITH, I have to say that Billy Elliot was, perhaps, the most amazing show I have ever seen. Maybe it’s the third row seats talking (I mean, come on…. third. freaking. row!), but it was honestly flawless in my eyes. The actors were spectacular, the story was hilarious and tear-inducing all at the same time, and the young boy who played Billy (Kiril Kulish at this particular performance) was ridiculously talented. (Mark my words: that kid is going to be a huge star.) I was absolutely blown away by the dancing. I would not be surprised if this show sweeps the 2009 Tonys. If you have the opportunity — go see it!!!