Billy Don’t You Lose My Number

I’m back from my 48-hour Denver jaunt, which proved to be a very fun time. The shoot went well and we were done early each day, and I had a great time seeing the Second City Denver folks. Monday night I met up with Brendan and Jenny, and we walked to a bar next to the current Real World house. That’s right, Real World Denver. Watch for it. The street, which was downtown, was pretty empty. The windows of the house were covered in some kind of tinting, and there was a tiny typed sign on the gate that something to the effect of “If you come in here you’re going to be on TV.” It featured somewhere the phrase “in perpetuity,” which made it worthwhile enough for me to take a picture of with my phone. As soon as I do, this guy comes out of nowhere and casually asks/tells us to take pictures from across the street. At first we felt like we’d gotten in trouble as we shuffled toward the bar, heads down, but then we realized that we didn’t really care. The downer is that since he approached us so quickly I ended up shutting my phone before I could save the picture.

The following night I met up with the whole cast, minus Beth who was out of town, and we went to dinner and then to the performing arts center which houses the Second City as well as a host of other things…most importantly for us, the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp extravaganza “Movin’ Out.” For those of you not familiar, the show features a Billy Joel-esque singer/musician and a full band on sort of a balcony above the stage, and then dancers below. There’s no dialogue, just about 18 Billy Joel songs strung together into some semblance of a plot which is, fortunately, explained in the program. Basically it’s about two couples and one other guy. The guys go to Viet Nam, and one of them dies there. The two other guys get back from the war and do drugs and watch dancers have simulated intercourse. Then one day one guy who was really upset about the war runs into the widow of his buddy who died, and she hugs him, so he gets to do four songs worth of dances about how great life is again. See what a hug can do, people?

Now, my synopsis may have had an air of cynicism about it, but I’ll tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. And not just for the campy reasons I thought I would; it was legitimately good. The dancing was great and the Billy Joel guy was fantastic. Certainly it helps to know/like Billy Joel songs, I’m sure.

So, many thanks to the Denver folks for their hospitality. Their show opens next Friday. If you live in Denver, how’s about you go see it?

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