I am finding the older I get, the more emotional I get about unimportant things. Soppy, you might call it. News that my mother had expired overnight would have me stoic, strong and organising. At some point down the track, I would drink too much one night and end up a blubbering wreck about the demise of my mother and that would be a cleansing experience for me. If you are doubtful about this, I have form. The next day, while hungover, I would be at peace.
I teared up three times last Friday. Once was when I read this in the morning.
In the evening we went to see Jersey Boys, compliments of Sister and Bone Doctor. The tickets were priced at $145 each, and for that, we were in the grand circle, which sounds grand, but it was not. It was the very back and the very top of the Dress Circle. We were so far away and some of the screen visuals were cut off from our view. There were so many stairs to climb to get to the level. I noticed at intermission a staff member standing at the direct descending stairs so we were steered past the bar to get to the ground. There was no space to get to your seat without everyone in the row standing up. The only positive thing was the seats in the Grand Circle were better than those in the Stalls, which we found terribly uncomfortable when we went to see South Pacific. It is something like 25 years since the Princess Theatre was renovated. It may be time to do it again.
The show started slowly and I found myself closing my eyes and my head drooping. I started to enjoy it a bit towards the end of the first half. The second half was brilliant and when the song Can't Take My Eyes Off You, was sung, with a wonderful orchestra and band accompaniment, well, I teared up. Not from sadness perhaps, but from the beauty of the performance. The applause was deafening.
I would never pay such money to see a show, but I am not sorry I saw it. Thanks girls.
I had to get up for work in the morning the next day but once home, I did not feel sleepy. I did not know Frankie Valli was the original performer of Can't Take My Eyes Off You. I went to bed and played with my phone to see who else recorded it. I came across a video that again had me with tears in my eyes. Stupid sentimental old queen. Bah. If you are wondering if you should bother watching it, nearly 2.9 million viewers have. It is a marriage proposal to end all marriage proposals.