It has been a busy day here at the New York bureau, starting with a little shopping excursion in the city and ending with a stunningly vibrant production of A Chorus Line. Usually, I like to coalesce posts into a single theme, but I don't think that's going to be doable today, so here are some notebook items:
~ Honestly, we did not tell Lorna Bundy-Jones not to go see her daughter's monster billboard for Legally Blonde in Times Square. But, though she got to town Monday, Lorna dodged seeing the new ad with a giant Laura Bell Bundy until Wednesday, allowing our photographer, Aaron Lee Fineman, to capture mom's initial reaction. Think she's proud? I have to wonder if there's any omen in the Drowsy Chaperone marquee Aarron just happened to catch Laura and Lorna under.
~ Aaron shot the new photo of me up in the left-hand corner while setting up a portrait of Laura for the Dec. 17 Herald-Leader. Funny thing is, when he was shooting Laura, there were people driving by who told her she was beautiful. I'm sure that when Aaron was shooting me, as a stand-in to get the shot ready, people were saying, "Why's he taking a picture of that guy?"
~ I came to town in need of a new flash for my old-school SLR. After a few salesmen in Times Square shops blatantly tried to rip me off, I asked Aaron where I should go, and he directed me to B&H Photo at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 34th Street, calling it the "Wal-Mart of camera stores." Was it ever, except there are Wal-Marts everywhere and one B&H. It was an amazingly huge maze of a store with everything you could want for a camera and, near as I could tell, very honest salespeople. Between two of them, I walked away with a lot more than I ever thought I'd get for the money I spent.
~ After shopping and a little stroll through Herald Square, it was off to Legally Blonde rehearsals. They take place in a spacious seventh-floor studio, with windows overlooking Times Square. Near the end of a rehearsal, Laura and the girls who play her Greek chorus of sorority sisters had just gotten the number they were working on. It looked like they had been going at it for months.
The first sight I caught of Lorna, she was holding book writer Heather Hach's new baby. Seems it's not just Laura -- anyone in Lorna's sphere gets motherly treatment.
~ Just before meeting with Laura yesterday, I got a call from Lyndy Franklin. Lyndy, daughter of Lexington Opera House manager Luanne Franklin, is a swing understudy, covering four roles, for the new production of A Chorus Line. Anyway, it was just our luck that last night, when we had tickets to Chorus Line, Lyndy went on in the role of Bebe. It was a heckuva a show, still seeming quite groundbreaking for a piece that premiered three decades ago.
Anyway, it's time to get to bed so I can be up to catch the No. 7 train out to Queens to visit Lyndy.