Saturday, October 11, 2014

One Singular Sensation!

We had our second symphony of the season on Friday night. We were treated to A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.  In case you live under a rock, he's the composer behind pieces like A Chorus Line, Through the Eyes of Love from Ice Castles, Nobody Does It Better, The Way We Were, and the Suite from Sophie's Choice among other things. The evening was conducted by Larry Blank, a hugely famous conductor (although I didn't realize that until I read his bio in the playbill.)
We headed downtown early so we could stop at Taco Diner and eat dinner first. I had the fried avocado tacos again, because they're so wonderful, and Nick tried their tamales. We had to order guacamole as well, because it's wonderful and their chips and green sauce are amazing.

Accompanying the Fort Worth Symphony for this performance were three very talented singers, since many of the big hits were not just instrumental. Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of A Chorus Line, was one of the performers. Along with her was the talented Jodi Benson, whom everyone in the world knows as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, among many other voices for Disney. Rounding out the trio was Doug Labrecque, who has played both Raoul and the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera, along with many other musicals like Les Miserables. Very talented group, indeed. They were fantastic!

After the show, I was thrilled to discover that Doug Labrecque was selling CDs in the foyer of Broadway recordings that he has performed, so we bought a CD and he autographed it for me while we talked to him for a little bit. Such a nice man, and I was a little bit star struck (though I didn't hyperventilate or I'm known to do around famous people). It was a great night!

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