:: Wanna Buy Some Land? – Glengarry Glen Ross

Today we went to see Glengarry Glen Ross at my work place – the Stanley Theatre. I have always been a huge fan of the sitcom “Will & Grace”, so being able to see Eric McCormack in the flesh was extremely exciting for me.

Wanna buy some land?

“Tough times call for tough measures in a Chicago real-estate office. In this cutthroat world, four hungry, backstabbing salesmen peddle questionable investments in a contest to become top dog. Slumping sales? Can’t close the deal? You’re fired! David Mamet’s explosive masterpiece of workplace power struggles gone awry is executed with poetic flow by the cast without a beat missed.”

Me with Eric McCormack

With my absolute favourite theatre actor: Vince Gale

another cast of GGR: John Pyper Ferguson

Most talented Josh Epstein from: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Producers.

We were lucky enough to personally meet Eric and the rest of the crew after the show and I was so ecstatic! Eric himself was such a humble genuine person which made the experience that much more special for me.

If you get a chance to check out the show, you will not be disappointed…!

:: Phantomoholic…

So that’s what I call myself… Phantom of the Opera is the greatest musical theatre production I’ve ever seen. I love it so much that I’m so addicted to it, the first time I went and saw the show was in London and I thought it was AmAzInG!!! The actors blew me away.. Everything was excellent, the singing was powerful and the acting was so genuine and brought everyone to this emotional journey. The Phantom which was played by Earl Carpenter at that time was so spectacular! As the lead actor, he really brought everything together so perfectly, to me it was an unforgettable show.

When we were in Las Vegas, I was both curious and excited to see what’s the Phantom show was like over there. I came with a mind set of an extremely high expectation simply from the previous experience that I had. Let’s put it this way: I love this show so much that I was willing to see it by myself.

So as I entered the theatre, I was really impressed with the chandelier; it was HUGE and magnificent. The theatre was definitely a lot newer and more impressive than the one in London. However, as I observed the show, I realised that I set my expectation too high when I felt a tinge of disappointment. For one, the phantom’s voice was not as powerful… I felt as if he ran out of breath when he tried to hit the high notes, he did hit it but his voice was slowly disappearing. Secondly, which to me was the BIGGEST boo boo of all… everything seemed to be so rushed; The Phantom didn’t take his time when he was crying for Christine, Christine was also a little bit jumpy. It seemed like the actors wanted to get the show over and done with. The pace was just too fast for the audience to be able to absorb what was going on, and before you know it… the next scene was already happening. So to summarise my thoughts: although I enjoyed the performance thoroughly, it was definitely not as good as the London show. But I’m glad that I had a chance to see it again. The story line and the songs are great and if in the future I happen to be in the same city where The Phantom of the Opera is playing…

You bet! Before you know it, I’ll be blogging another review about this fantastic show :)