Melting at Sondheim in the park


Millennium Park Footwear. Someone needs a pedicure, STAT.

There's not a breath
of air up here,
And they're up here

It's not my fault
I got up here.
I'll rot up here, 
I am so hot up here.

— Sunday in the Park with George

Sigh: I'd hate to say the event was a disappointment because it wasn't—more a casualty of outsized expectations broiled, baked, simmered, stewed, and steamed at eight hundred thousand degrees. July is not now, nor has it ever been, my friend. We simply are not compatible. Hot is hot, and crabby will become even crabbier: this is the law I know, although Sarah and Kristen managed to keep me amused and mostly distracted throughout the weekend. How nice to know misery can be shared! But it meant that we confined our sweltering only to the main act both Friday and Saturday night (exact duplicates, which was disappointing), with Stephen Sondheim in the audience (and on stage) after the first show. You can't see him in the photo below, but I can, and I'm sure he was hot, too.

But he was there, and I was there, in this perfect park, and I'll take it. I'll take A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along and Company and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Into the Woods and Follies and Sunday in the Park with George. I'll take Judy Kaye singing "Losing My Mind" and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio singing "Could I Leave You" and Liz Callaway singing "Not a Day Goes By" and George Hearn, Danny Gurwin and Brian d'Arcy James singing "Pretty Lady." I'll take sluggish tempos and unnecessary orchestral versions of "Multitudes of Amys" and "Comedy Tonight" and a simple, haunting arrangement of "Send in the Clowns." These shows, these songs, this glorious music, I'll take them here, there, everywhere, in any park, on any evening, in all cities and in any weather. They are home to me.

Update: thoughts on the park? I've never seen trees in cages before. Whither the shade and tranquility? Free is fab and all, but I'll stick with wonderland. Although I certainly didn't hate it as much as this guy.