Going to Myrtle Beach? Don’t miss “One” at The Alabama Theatre

If you’re vacationing at Myrtle Beach and want to see some first-class entertainment, do I have a show for you!

It’s called “One”, and it’s showcased at the beautiful “Alabama Theater”. The theater was opened by the famous  country group, Alabama. It’s a beautiful theatre.

I would suggest buying tickets on the main floor. Although you can see from the balcony, the main floor makes it more intimate.

Flag of City of Myrtle Beach

Flag of City of Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not that much of a country music fan, and I picked this venue because it promised a little bit of everything, and it delivered. There was: country, Broadway, Motown, a smidgen of gospel, and a little Rock-n-roll.

I wasn’t expecting the great entertainment featured there. I didn’t know all the performers had terrific resumes. Greg Rowles, the musical emcee, was a Star Search winner, and has gotten national recreation. I guess singing at the Vatican, and repeatedly starring at the Grand Ole Opry qualifies him.

There are 25 members of the cast, they are all  mega-talented. The band was fantastic!  Everyone sang and danced expertly.

It started out with a comedian, Grant Turner, who I thought was going to be a 0 when he started. Guess what? He was a 10. He made me laugh aloud. It was g-rated humor too. How refreshing is that?

My highlights: A scene from “Wicked”. I’ve seen the actual musical several times, and the people starring in this were just as good if not better. The witch even flew!

A song from “Les Miserable” by Steven Michael Gannon who actually did the part for 4 years. “Bring Him Home” brought tears to my eyes.

The singer, Gail Bliss, did “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. (It’s one of my husband’s favorites, so I was familiar with it.) She did an excellent job. I guess this is one of her specialties. She was super-talented and did other numbers throughout the show!

They did a tribute to Frank Sinatra, and it was good. Although I’m too young to really have been much of a Sinatra fan, I knew all the songs. It was enjoyable.

I really enjoyed the Motown tribute. I am plenty old enough to know every song they sang. There was a super dance tribute to Michael Jackson.

The costumes, and the sets were just amazing. They projected great stuff on huge screens behind the cast members when they were performing.

The ending was quite patriotic. It was a little schmaltzy,  but I enjoyed it anyway. I liked the patriotic songs they picked to sing!

This production equals anything I’ve seen on Broadway or Las Vegas.

It’s a bargain for the $ 30.00 to $40.00 tickets.

There website is http://www.alabama-theatre.com.

My take on the Tony Awards: I also give out my own Joy at 60 Blogosphere Awards!

59th Tony Awards

59th Tony Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year, I look forward to the Tony Awards.  I find these more entertaining than the Oscars and Grammys. It is still filled with some endless pretentious speeches, but they mix it up with entertainment so it’s easier to take.

Later, I will give my own Joy at 60 Blogosphere Awards for some of the more memorable speeches. Why not? Everyone else seems to be handing out awards on the blogosphere.

If the winners, respond to my post, I will let them know what they won!

Neil Patrick Harris, did two great numbers showing his talent. One song was about wishing life was like a Broadway show. (It would certainly be more interesting).  The other song was a combination of titles of songs that won awards in the past 66 years. He also hung upside down while two people gave a boring speech about the significance of the Tony Awards.

The very beginning of the show included  a snippet  of The House of Mormon . I can’t wait to see this show. It looks hilarious. Those guys from South Park have been making me laugh for years.

Who doesn’t like Broadway? It’s still gets me excited. If you’re a baby boomer you remember all the Oscar and Hammerstein shows like Carousel,  Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma. Luckily, Broadway didn’t die when they did. (I still think they’re the best, but that’s probably because I am from that era.)

They showed some snippets from some current shows. After the little scenes, these are the shows I’m looking forward to seeing.

Musicals I’d Like to see

Ghost—based on the movie. I liked the music I heard.
Newsboys–A play based on the newsboys in the old days, going on strike, and making their own newspaper.
End of the Rainbow–– based on the end of Judy Garland’s life.
Peter and the Star Catcher—based on Peter from Peter Pan
Clybourne Park—A new musical
Revival of Porgy and Bess by Gershwin—Who doesn’t love this fantastic music?
Nice Work if you can get it starring Mathew Broderick

My Joy at 60 Blogosphere Awards

Favorite snippet from a musical!
I liked watching Ricky Martin perform in Evita, but I am a Ricky Martin fan. However, I do prefer him performing his own music and shaking his hips on his own, but I’m glad he’s made it on Broadway.

Cutest acceptance speech
Mike Nichols won for best director for Death of a Salesman. Nichols looks frail, but his wife Diane Sawyer still looks terrific. Either she’s had work done, or she is a lot younger than him. I don’t think they give out sympathy Tonys so he obviously can still do his job. He mentioned that he won a pie eating contest in the theater where they were holding the Tonys when he was a kid. He is still a funny guy. After all, he started out as a comedian.

 Most Touching acceptance speech
Steve Kazee won for best actor in a musical. He mentioned how his mother had died on Easter Sunday, and the cast got him through his grief. How can you not like a guy who loved his mom that much. This guy obviously has a lot of heart as well as a huge talent.

 Best Declarations of Love Speeches (It was a tie!)
Actor James Corden told his girlfriend, mother of his child, that he couldn’t wait to marry her.

Audra Mcdonald told her daughter winning the Tony was great, but not as great as the day she was born.

Most Dramatic Acceptance Speech
Judith Light won the first Tony as best actress in a play. She gave an overly emotional speech. Either she meant it, or was doing another great acting job. I thought she might pass out.

Award for still being Alive
I was so happy to see Angela Lansbury. I thought she died a while ago.

Unfortunately, I didn’t set my DVR to go past the allotted time for the  show, so I have no idea who won best musical show of the year. I guess I’ll have to look that up.

What was your favorite Tony moment? What plays do you want to see?