I found a tin of amazing awesome delicious crack at Trader Joe’s. Espresso Pillows which are self-described as “crunchy toffee espresso bits covered in dark chocolate.” I describe them as an amazing taste explosion of tasty bits. I like chocolate covered espresso beans but the addition of toffee makes it even better.
Serving size about 22 pieces (15g), 70 calories.
This is a positive review. One super happy face.
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Pasadena, CA 91107
I realize that by titling this post “Jekyll & Hyde, the worst musical I’ve ever endured” I will have to back that up with justification for what otherwise sounds like hyperbole. And I don’t really want to do that so I accept that you may reject my statement due to rhetoric and a lack of substantiation.
Today I went with my mother to the Pantages theatre to see Jekyll & Hyde. I was originally schedule to see it last weekend but I had to reschedule. It’s nice that subscribers are allowed to change shows up to 48 hours before the performance which I had to do.
Frank Wildhorn wrote the music for Jekyll & Hyde and also did the music for The Scarlet Pimpernel. I really liked Scarlet Pimpernel so I was looking forward to Jekyll & Hyde. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard songs before like “This is the Moment.” According to wikipedia, the musical originally ran for 1,543 performances from 1997 through 2001. The article also noted that the the musical lost $1.5 million and was not well reviewed.
This production features Constantine Maroulis as Jekyll (and Hyde). Deborah Cox is also in it. Constantine Maroulis you may remember from American Idol. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered former American Idol contestants in musicals.
He can’t sing. His accent was bad. The acting I’d consider hammy. The only good bits in the show is Deborah Cox’s Lucy. She plays the role that was previously done by Linda Eder, Frank Wildhorn’s wife.
The plot is bad, the play ends with a whimper, and the music is uneven. The best songs are given to Lucy, perhaps because Linda Eder is Frank Wildhorn’s wife. Lucy has some fairly marketable pop tunes and the rest of the cast suffers with dissonant songs that they struggle with.
I would suggest that instead of seeing Jekyll & Hyde you read a book. Or watch netflix. Or do your laundry. Any of those three would probably provide you with more pleasure. This has been a negative review, one frowny face and no smiley faces. I refused to clap for Constantine; even when he was taking bows with the cast. Some members of the audience were on their feet and I can’t tell you why.
I preferred Russell Crowe in Les Miserables. Really.
I was at Cost Plus when I came across some Jammie Dodgers and of course I’ve heard about Jammie Dodgers because I watch Doctor Who. Of course, being American means not having first hand experience with things like the Cheeky Chicken of Nandos (WHY IS NANDOS CHEEKY? Or rather, how) and of course the Jammy Dodger.
And then I didn’t buy any because I thought oh my, it’s a pack of biscuits (cookies) and I’ll just eat them all and get fat. I have so many containers of foodstuffs I’ve purchased and I haven’t eaten because I don’t want to open it because an unopened container of sweets doesn’t hurt anyone. Well…I guess theoretically someone who needs to eat the sweets to survive but I refuse to acknowledge the existence of sugar vampires.
Look at me rambling on…
I made my purchases and went out to the car and sat for a bit considering and then I looked at the picture I had taken inside the store and then came to the conclusion that it was only $1.99 and I could probably distribute them to others. So yes, I went back in and purchased them.
Taste wise, it reminded me of a mild shortbread and … swedish fish. I like swedish fish, but I expected it to be more jammy. I guess I could include a picture of the biscuit but they’re in another room now and if I open the bag again I might just eat another.
It gets one smiley face out of one smiley face. This is a positive review.
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Pasadena, CA 91107
I haven’t been making it out to New York as often as I’d like. Perhaps I’m getting old and it’s hard to muster up the enthusiasm my youth had or perhaps I’m familiar with New York and the thrill of exploration has lessened. One of the reasons why I visit New York is for the shows as I do enjoy musical theatre.
I’ve been subscribing to both the seasons from the Center Theatre Group and the Pantages. The Pantages sent me an email today (Friday) that contained their upcoming season announcement. They seem very excited about it because the subject said:
Your 2013-2014 Season Renewal—Announcing a history-making season
Their big news? Old shows are coming back.
- The Book of Mormon – I saw this last year. While I enjoyed it and I’m kinda glad it’s back, I have no intention to see it. This is one of the problems that Los Angeles faces because we have few Broadway-caliber theatres. We can’t let shows run until demand has been satisfied because first these are touring companies and second we wouldn’t get any other shows in town.
- The Lion King – I saw this a few years ago at the Pantages. Again, this is a good show and I’m glad that people have a chance to see it, but I don’t really want to spend hundreds of dollars to see the same shows repeatedly.
- Once – I was going to say mean things about this but the email assures me that this musical that is based on the movie I never saw because the trailer looked too saccharine is quite good as it “swept the Tony Awards with an astounding 8 wins” including Best Musical.
- The Wizard of Oz – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush and lavish spectacular touring production from the West End! My fondest memories of Wizard of Oz involves my high school doing productions of it. This could be good. This could be great! Who doesn’t love flying monkeys and oh right it’s reminding me of Wicked which I saw multiple times at the Pantages.
- Evita – More Andrew Lloyd Webber. I like the show, I like the music, but I doubt Patti LuPone will be performing so I don’t feel that I absolutely have to go.
- Ghost the Musical – I’m not going to make a joke about Patrick Swayze. I know nothing about this show, so that means I should give it a chance.
- The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber featuring the US Premiere of Selections from Love Never Dies – no seriously, I would like you to know that I find this selection particularly offensive. I didn’t really feel like he needed to make a sequel to Phantom of the Opera and I haven’t heard anything that convinced me that the sequel was well received. Perhaps Love Never Dies is so awful that they figure the only way they can salvage their investment is as a marketing gimmick to unsuspecting theatergoers.
There are two optional add-on shows:
- War Horse – I saw this at the Ahmanson and it’s a puppet show with a really unrealistic plot. When I learned that the original story was a children’s book it made sense. There is a certain immaturity about the plot that could only have become from a children’s book.
- American Idiot – Again, this was at the Ahmanson previously. Plus I’ve seen it an absurd amount of times both in New York and out here.
So it looks like I’ll be saving some money.