Sunday, March 31, 2019

It's a Windy Day, Charlie Brown

Kicked off the day with early work, the first of two early shifts this week. It started to shower lightly as I was arriving at the Acme, and would shower off and on for the of my shift. Good thing I was only outside for the last hour. I spent the rest of the day doing returns, gathering baskets, cleaning the bathroom, and bagging. We were steady, busier than last Sunday, but never overwhelmingly busy. By the time I finished, the rain was gone, and the sun was coming out.

While the sun had emerged by the time I was at  home and having a snack, it was also colder and much windier. I spent the next few hours working on writing. Ben insists that Luke come with him to Aldera Hills, the mansion in the ritzy part of town where Leia's uncle Bail Ortega lives. Luke protests that he has to get home. His uncle is going to be angry as it is with him being late.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Had scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach, scallions, and Italian cheese while listening to the soundtrack for Streets of Fire. How much more 80's can you get than this? Diane Lane plays a singer who is kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. Her ex Michael Pare and manager Rick Moranis set out to find her. There's some terrific songs here, including the opening track "Nowhere Fast," Lane's ballad "Sorcerer," the dance number "Tonight is What It Means to Be Young," and the sole hit, "I Can Dream About You."

Moved to Angry Birds Star Wars after I ate. I did manage to get three stars on at least a trio of rounds out in space, between Tatoonie and the Death Star. Once again, a lot of them involved having Han to shoot in just the right place, or Ben Birdnobi to Force-push blocks over in just the right way.

Finished the night after a shower with the 1999 Broadway cast of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Basically, we have a series of songs and sketches that revolve around the major Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Snoopy, and Sally. Kristin Chenowith as Sally had fun with the new-for-the Broadway version "My New Philosophy," and Anthony Rapp as Chuck had a great time trying to get "The Kite" in the air. Roger Bart's best moment as Snoopy was towards the end, when he expresses his gratitude for it being "Suppertime."

My favorite sketch was "Glee Club Rehearsal." Schroeder is trying to get the kids to practice "Home On the Range," but the Van Pelt siblings fight with each other, and there's arguing about a pencil. Even Chuck eventually gives up, just leaving Snoopy to finish the song. Schroeder also gets the other new song, "Beethoven Day." He wants to have a party for Beethoven, but the kids want to do more, and he ends up complaining about them commercializing it.

If you're a Peanuts fan, this and the original 1966 Off-Broadway cast (which has at least two songs that didn't mke it to Broadway have some enjoyable performances and music and are highly recommended.


Linda said...

What are the two songs they cut from the original version?

Emma said...

"Queen Lucy" for Linus and Lucy and "Peanuts Potpourri."