At the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Brush Hollow Road, my beautiful wife, Lorraine and I have Friday evening tickets to see Steve Martin with his banjo and the Steep Canyon Rangers Band. Bluegrass music has always been an enigma to me. I hope we enjoy the evening.
Silver haired Steve Martin came on stage and made a few funny, clever remarks and eventually grabbed one of his many banjo instruments and started to strum. Immediately, I was caught up in the rhythm and mood and my toes started tapping in tune to the twangy sounds from the stage.
Soon Edie Brickell, vocalist came on stage along with a violinist, bass player, guitarist, and drummer. Edie sang songs, I never heard before. My feet kept tapping throughout the whole performance along with the clapping of the rest of the audience. I guess I am partial to Steve, Edie and the music. A fabulous fiddle player received a rousing round of applause for his performance in the show.
Our Friday evening left us with good feelings, Steve is always great, and the band with Edie are so talented. Good choice.
Now Saturday is next. We had plans to meet our dear friends, Paula and Larry from Rockland County on the TKT’S line on 47th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. The city was packed, but surprise, surprise there was no line. We were able to get four discount tickets to a new play opening Sunday for review. The play was “Violet”. There was no advance word on it. We were hoping it would be watchable and enjoyable.
Boy, did we luck out! “Violet” is a Broadway show with a folk-country music feel by Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Brian Crawley. It was the tender story of a girl, whose face was marred by a horrible accident. Sutton Foster plays the young girl from the hill country of North Carolina, who we meet facially disfigured from a hatchet accident twelve years earlier. After her father dies, she gets on a bus to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to have her face repaired by so-called healing by an evangelist preacher she heard. Violet has trust in a miracle that will make her beautiful.
Sutton Foster has a forceful, believable presence, speaking and singing in her southern manner. On the bus, she meets two G.I.’s who initially make fun of her naivete, but are drawn to her and her spirit. I won’t tell you more.
The singing and the Gospel Meeting Scene are wonderful. We sat in Row AA, so the action took place above our heads. I highly recommend “Violet”.
That was the great Double Feature Weekend for The Greenbergs!