Chicago

Dateline London

One of things I noticed while walking about is all the signs for theater productions: Mama Mia, Stomp, The Rat Pack, We Will Rock You, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables. The list goes on and on. And while it probably isn’t that much cheaper to go to a show in London than in the States, it certainly is more casual and impulsive.

So we went and saw Chicago today.

Wow. What an amazing show. I wish I could have taken pictures during the performance. If you’ve seen the movie, the set design is nothing like it, but the story and the music is same…as far as I could tell.

We sat in Row H, which was maybe 10 rows from the front. Cambridge Theater was smaller then I thought it would be, and significantly smaller then, say, The Paramount or The 5th Avenue Theater. But I suppose that when you have this many shows in town, you don’t need incredible large theaters to hold mass of people wanting to see a single show or two.

We sat next to a young woman named Molly Bond. This is of no consequence, except that her mother is Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny in the last 4 James Bond films. The only real reason I remember that is because I thought it ironical that a person with the last name of “Bond” would play secretary to the character “James Bond.”

Molly was seeing the matinee performance of Chicago and was then going to see her mother in Donkey’s Years later that evening. We chatted for a little bit. Molly’s in Grade 10, which is the same as our 10th Grade, and has aspirations to perhaps be a lawyer some day.

5 Replies to “Chicago”

  1. It’s “Les Miserables” not “Le Miserables”. And holy cow, you saw Moneypenny’s daughter? I never knew Bond slipped one past that particular goalie.

  2. If you are interested in another show while you are in London, check out Wicked. Idina Menzel is currently in the cast and she won the Tony for her performance in 2004. I would give anything to go and see her. Also, when you typed “But I suppose that when you have this many shows in town, you need incredible large theaters to hold mass of people wanting to see a single show or two”, did you mean that “you don’t need” large theaters?

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