Sunday, February 26, 2006

Andrew Lloyd Webber strikes again!

I'm gonna tell a secret I've kept for over 30 years. On Christmas Eve of 1974 my brother was home on break from college. With him he brought a lot of dirty laundry and a cassette tape. (I'm sure he brought other stuff too...but that's all I remember as I was the tender age of eight.) We'd finished our Christmas rituals; eating chili for dinner, reading from the bible and opening one present and the children were down in the den playing while Mom and Dad were off doing boring parent things. My brother then brought out a cassette tape of some "forbidden music" and if I told he'd rip out my intestines. (To this day he still uses this threat. I'm no longer impressed by it, but at eight--even though I had no idea what intestines were--it seemed quite intense and so I would obey.) The tape was of Jesus Christ Superstar...and before the Overture was over I had sold my soul. It's a moment that years later when I discussed it with my brother he had no recollection. Why would he? His life didn't change that night...but mine did. Years later I became a professional director. I've directed Jesus Christ Superstar twice now...I could direct that show for the rest of my life. I know every note, ever syllable by heart.
Tonight I had Phantom of the Opera on HBO. Lydia heard it and came running in and plopped down on my lap and watched. She watched the whole thing. THE WHOLE THING. Well...okay, the whole thing until Raoul is taken prisoner...her little 16 month old body just zonked after that, but not because she wanted to sleep. She fought it bigtime. I'm not sure, but I think tonight Andrew Lloyd Webber claimed another soul.


Blogger Salome's Mom said...

He has claimed a lot of souls. Glad he claimed Liddy's too!

The other Theatre person

Sunday, February 26, 2006 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Well Lydia has GREAT taste!

Sunday, February 26, 2006 9:20:00 PM  
Blogger PeiLien said...

I don't know how to say this other that - this was a great post...I love the way you told the story - maybe because I'm teaching short stories and stuff, but I just liked of all that Liddy likes Phantom..I love Phantom...and as silly as this sounds NEWTON (my pug) will sit a watch it too....I think it's the singing and that mamma (me) sings these songs as she cleans so maybe he thinks it's me...hahaha.

I I cannot sing well but the songs are so moving...and I also sing the Sound of Music OFF BY HEART!!


Thursday, March 02, 2006 9:41:00 PM  

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