Big Guy was ecstatic when he found out that Monday night’s White House Music Series was a Salute to Broadway: there is nothing Big Guy enjoys more than show tunes. He was really looking forward to seeing Liza Minnelli in person, so he threw a bit of a tantrum when he found out that Elaine Stritch would be performing instead. He doesn’t like to be surprised, or disappointed. Toes had to give him 100 free Show Tune downloads at i-Tunes to calm him down.
Another disappointment: although he was on stage with Nathan Lane for a couple of minutes, but he didn’t get to sing a duet with him as he’s always dreamed of. That honor went to some Broadway stud.
All in all it was a big, big night. GrannyR got all dressed up in turquoise and the Wee Wons got to stay up late. There’s not much to show you because PBS, currently our only Tee Vee network, has the broadcast rights. So, as is customary when broadcast rights are purchased, or, in this case, gifted, there is an embargo on images. I, however, do have a few captured on my new “Mole-Cam”.
Let’s start with GrannyR, looking rather elegant. Too bad she was too busy back in the day to teach her daughter how to dress appropriately.
And here are the people who, together with your generous IRS donations, made this evening possible.
Hilda Solis snagged a second row seat, and no smarty pants comments/rumors about Lady M being preggers, just because our Secretary of Labor is on deck.
Some of the entertainers, Kerry Washington and Elaine Stritch
Elaine got a little confused and forgot some of her lyrics. Probably just stage jitters. I’m sure she’s never performed for anyone quite as historic as BO and MO. After the show, Elaine said she’d really like to go out and “Get drunk” with the Wons. Who wouldn’t?
Lady M was resplendent in white on black, with some sparkly stuff in just the right place. I can’t show you the whole shebang yet because of or deal with PBS, butt you can get a glimpse if it in this picture:
MO and GrannyR seem to grow more alike every day. Here they are both seen grabbing a snack out of thin air, first MO then GrannyR. Watch closely:
The Catchers of the Flies
Nathan Lane stole the show right out of the box, telling everybody how he was stopped by security who mistakenly thought he was Elena Kagan (who wasn’t on our guest list because she’s keeping a low profile until confirmed as a member of the Supremes).
I don’t see it. Do you?
But since Desi’s no longer working the door, I knew he was just kidding around.
Nate really stole the show though, and he complimented Big Guy on his unambiguous and fearless love of show tunes. He said most men avoid Broadway musicals fearing that their “... y-chromosome is going to fall off” but that the leader of the free world “ain't afraid” of show tunes.
Big Guy, unafraid, left. Practicing his high kickin’, right
So we had one night of fun before we were back to Tuesday’s unrelenting schedule of baseball pitches, minding America’s kids’ fat behinds and transforming America.
Happy to be Back at Work for the American People
By Tuesday we were all back to earth, and ready to talk inside baseball.