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28 October 2014 @ 02:26 am
Randy in Amadeus  
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Well, I'm exhausted and poor, but I got to see Randy in Amadeus!

I had to make it a 1 day trip because I couldn't miss any work, so I flew to Santa Barbara on Sunday morning, landed at 12 noon and saw the 2 p.m. matinee, and flew back home that same evening (not getting in until midnight.) Between the airfare and taxi rides to and from the theater, my bank account is severely suffering. I wasn't going to go at first, but I made a snap decision last Wednesday and decided I just couldn't miss the opportunity to see the play when it was only 1 state away from me.

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This is the quaint little theater where Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara performs.

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This is what the stage looked like as the audience filed into the theater. An aged Salieri (Daniel Gerroll) is seated in the wheelchair, ready to narrate the tale of his great jealousy of and rivalry with the young musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Randy was perfect in this role, portraying the many facets of Mozart brilliantly. (Yes, I'm biased and love him to pieces, but his talent speaks for itself.) The play taps into several aspects of Mozart's life - his genius, trying to find his place in the royal court, the ladies man in him who flirts with the pretty soprano in his opera (to the consternation of his young wife), his child-like qualities, his playfulness, his seriousness, and in his later years his poverty, desperation, ill health, and mental instability. Randy imbued each of them with raw emotion and sensitivity; it was fascinating to witness his Mozart. I wanted to cry near the end as he lay dying.

Randy's gift with voices and accents really him served him well in this play. There were times when he spoke in flawless French and Italian, as if they were his native languages. I knew he speaks French, but I had no idea about the Italian. Even if he's not fluent in Italian and only memorized the dialogue needed for the play, it was pitch perfect. (I don't speak it, but I grew up with Italian grandparents who got off the boat in New York in the 1920's and never learned English, and he sounded exactly like them. LOL) One of my favorite parts of the play was when Randy seated himself at the piano and simulated playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. He sang the words in Italian to the pre-recorded music with the look of a humble, innocent child on his face, keeping time with his head lilting back and forth - just priceless to watch.

The play is just shy of 3 hours long, but I thought it went by in the blink of an eye. I could have sat there all day and all night and was sorry to see it end. I wasn't surprised when Randy didn't come out afterwards. It ended just before 5 p.m., and the final performance of the run was going to start at 7 p.m. I'm sure the actors needed to eat and rest a little bit before starting all over again.

I was just happy that I got to see Amadeus.
balrogtweetybalrogtweety on October 28th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun. I have always been a classical music buff and Mozart's music is unbelievable.
later2nite: trish vid 10later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)

Another classical music buff here. It was really great to see Randy as Mozart. He just embodied the role.
shadownycshadownyc on October 28th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you had the chance to see this. :)
later2nite: trish vid 11later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it was an opportunity I just couldn't miss.
JonDH: theatre--morzsathespian15 on October 28th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
WOW, two three hour performances in one day? That is a lot of work. :o

And a WOW for you too. Talk about a long day. Wowza...

That is an interesting view you get of the stage from the audience side.
I would find it kind of distracting during a performance.
Hugs, Jon
later2nite: trish vid 2later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a ton of work for the actors to do that twice in one day. Wish they got paid more. They deserve it.

(no subject) - thespian15 on November 1st, 2014 11:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
guavejuice: Randyheadshotguavejuice on October 28th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
I was wondering why you went MIA... now I know! You lucky lucky girl,Linda :) I'm so happy and proud for you that you decided to take that trip to see that amazing play. I only read my friends reports and saw the promo pics but I can imagine how amazing he must have been on stage. He's such a gifted actor.
I'm sure that if you were able to meet him briefly between shows it would have been the icing on the cake but he was obviously exhausted himself after almost three hours on stage.
Thank you so much for sharing that my dear

Edited at 2014-10-28 12:46 pm (UTC)
later2nite: trish vid 3later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
You're so welcome. I'm always happy to share my Randy experiences.

Yeah, I was very lucky. That's why I just couldn't let the opportunity pass without seeing the performance. I mean, how often does Randy perform 1 state away from me?? The answer is never!! LOL
kellankylekellankyle on October 28th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
I always love your reviews. I think you write them so beautifully because you love Randy so much.

I'm sorry that Randy didn't come out, but you had such a great experience meeting him at Kinky Boots that I don't know how anything could top that!

Thanks so much for sharing!

later2nite: trish vid 5later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I am a crazy Randy freak - LOL Glad you enjoy the reviews from my biased point of view.

You're right about my great experience talking to him at Kinky Boots. I would have loved to have seen him in Santa Barbara, but I'm okay with it not happening. The performance was a memory I'll have forever.

You're welcome!

My corner qaf and anything else: Randy - Atomicbibiherz on October 28th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you have the chance to see this. So happy that you've enjoyed the play :-)

Thank you very much for sharing!

* Hugs *

Edited at 2014-10-28 02:19 pm (UTC)
later2nite: trish vid 7later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:57 am (UTC)
You're so welcome! Yeah, it was really great to see him as Amadeus. Thanks for the good wishes.

mander3_swish: Randy judy darlingmander3_swish on October 28th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
oh that's awesome! so happy you got to see him! super jealous.
later2nite: trish vid 9later2nite on November 1st, 2014 06:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it was really awesome - wish you could have seen it!
meggi63meggi63 on October 28th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
OMG Linda, this sounds so amazing I would've loved to see him as Amadeus. It's a pleasure to see Randy live on stage, he is breathtaking and brilliant and so talented.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience.
Hugs, Meggi
later2nite: trish vid 10later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:28 am (UTC)
You're so welcome, Meggi. It was truly a pleasure to see him on stage in this role. He embodied Mozart in every way. I wish you could have seen it, too! ♥
predec2predec2 on October 28th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised? LOL! I'm so happy you got to see this, my friend. He was outstanding, wasn't he? And loved all the laughter and smiles we got to see in his role as Mozart. Thank you for posting your thoughts about the performance. You and Trish always seem to do a much better job of describing these than I do!

*Hugs* ~Kim
later2nite: trish vid 11later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
LOL Yeah, I guess it was a no brainer that I would end up getting my butt there to see this, although I was really fighting with myself not to spend the money when I commented in your journal that I wouldn't see it. Ah, Randy . . . he always wins out in such a debate! LOL

He was definitely outstanding. Just embodied the role of Mozart completely. Such a joy to see.

Your reports are awesome. I enjoy reading everyone's - we all have things that another one of us might not stress or even mention.


Toto_too514: Fall Laketoto_too514 on October 28th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
YAY! I am SOOOOO happy you made the decision to go. I was with you in spirit! =]

Maybe we'll have another chance at something equally exciting soon.
later2nite: trish vid 2later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, that snap decision kind of forced its way into my brain and there was no turning back. LOL

So hoping something equally exciting pops up soon - after my bank account recovers, that is!
emelwhyemelwhy on October 28th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
So glad you got to experience this. Thank you so much for posting such a great report
later2nite: trish vid 3later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:47 am (UTC)
You're so welcome, Mark. Yeah, after wrestling with myself not to spend that much money on traveling to see this, I just couldn't miss it in the end. So glad I went. Randy just embodied Mozart from start to finish. A joy to see.
pet0511pet0511 on October 29th, 2014 06:20 am (UTC)
A day trip desert-Pacific, please....:-)! I grinned when I read it but honestly: how often will you get such a good chance to see Randy in a play "just around the corner"? I'm happy for you and glad that you enjoyed it so much!!!
later2nite: trish vid 5later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, Pet. Yeah, I never would have forgiven myself if I'd missed this play, which really was 'just around the corner' compared to everything he does in NYC.

I truly enjoyed Randy's Mozart. He was born to play this role.

*Hugs you back*
mitakaymitakay on October 29th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
So happy for you that you had the chance to see Randy in this role!
Sounds like you had a terrific time. :)
Thanks for sharing the details and pics with us. :)
later2nite: trish vid 7later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I really did have a terrific time. Randy was wonderful in the role of Amadeus.

You're so welcome for the details and pics. I love sharing my Randy experiences with everyone!

sweetharrisonsweetharrison on October 29th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Hi! You're a lucky girl...:) I would like to have seen Randy in Amadeus, but unfortunately I'm not so flexible and I live in Germany.:( But your report is amazing...:) Thank you so much for sharing. Many greetings...:)

Edited at 2014-10-29 06:02 pm (UTC)
later2nite: trish vid 9later2nite on November 1st, 2014 07:59 am (UTC)
You're so welcome! I love to share my Randy experiences with my LJ friends.

I do feel very lucky that I got to see Randy in Amadeus. Wish you didn't live so far away. But I'm glad you enjoyed reading this!

Greeting to you in Germany. ♥
gaeln: icon interest_ theatregaeln on October 31st, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
I envy you to pieces. To see Randy move through all those emotions must have been utterly fantastic. I'm very glad you pushed yourself and made this happen, a memory forever :)
later2nite: trish vid 2later2nite on November 1st, 2014 08:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, it truly was utterly fantastic - Randy was phenomenal in this role. I wrestled with myself for quite awhile not to spend the money, but I'm so glad I ended up going with my gut feeling that I just couldn't miss this. I mean, how often does he perform outside on NYC? This was like a miracle that it happened 1 state away from me! LOL