There is simply no topping my birthday this past December. The Boy took me to New York to see Hamilton and it was nothing short of perfect in every possible way.
Since getting back, people have asked me how the show was, and I immediately melt into a puddle of adjectives, trying my best to put the brilliance of what I saw and experienced into words. But what comes out sounds just like the same overhyped rantings of every other theater geek out there. So, I won’t try to describe it, but I will say, it is without question, the best piece of musical theater I’ve ever seen performed (and I’ve seen a lot.) We were also lucky to have amazing seats and see Okieriete Onaodowan perform his penultimate show as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. Also, Javier Muñoz was absolutely brilliant as Hamilton. I feel incredibly lucky to have seen his portrayal.
In addition to seeing Hamilton, the Boy and I had a whirlwind two days roaming around the city and doing very New York-ish sorts of things. We literally had two nights in the city before our flight home on Christmas Eve at dawn, so we had to move fast and pack a lot in… We’re good like that though. We managed to do everything we wanted – from ice skating in Bryant Park, to viewing Lady Liberty, to eating at Momofuku Noodle Bar, to having after-show cocktails at Sardi’s. Here’s a look back at the trip according to my iphone…
#GidgetGoesHamilton 2016! 😉
In all honesty, I think this film is somewhat weird. But it’s Carey Grant, so that makes up for things. The Bishop’s Wife is my second pick for a last-call holiday film because it’s a peculiar look into the lives of a dysfunctional faith-focused family that requires the help of an angel to get things back on track… (This theme may turn up again!)
The story revolves around an Episcopal Bishop, played by David Niven, who has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. In the process, he slips into work-a-holic behaviors and stops giving his wife and child the attention they need and deserve, especially at Christmas time. Enter Dudley, (Carey Grant) an angel sent to wake Niven’s character to the reality that his family is more important than his work. He starts showing the Bishop’s wife Julia, played by Loretta Young, a fantastic time – ice skating, shopping, partaking in snowball fights – sparking jealousy in her husband, and a sudden realization he may be missing out.
Perhaps the best thing about this film is that it deals with religious side of Christmas in a completely relatable and non-preachy manner. Factor in Carey Grant’s charm, played to perfection (mainly because he is perfect) and I mean, what’s not to love? What overlooked housewife wouldn’t be encouraged by Carey Grant’s delightful attention? That’s right, none.
If you’re looking for a slightly different holiday film, complete with a truly delightful ice-skating scene, then The Bishop’s Wife is what you want!
Watch The Bishop’s Wife
A long weekend with no plans, and no work? No problem! Moondoggie and I took it upon ourselves to take it easy this weekend and even soak up some beach time!
After the beach, we drove through Malibu Canyon to Paramount Ranch and had ourselves a little picnic. I love Paramount Ranch. It was the site of so many amazing films including The Virginian, Sullivan’s Travels, Hail the Conquering Hero, Ball of Fire, Beau Geste, and even Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman. And now it remains an exciting public park while still being a popular photo and film location.
Hope you had a great Fourth of July too!