Last night I went to the latest in my theater dates with Jennyanydots. This week the show was “The King and I” starring Sandy Duncan. I have always liked the story and the music, so I was really looking forward to going. We went out for some great Texas Roadhouse dinner to kick things off, and then went to Starlight.
Unfortunately, I was not aware that Sandy Duncan’s singing voice was reminiscent of Danny Devito. Hearing Danny Devito sing “Hello, young lovers” was somewhat less fulfilling than it should have been.
The bad performance by Sandy was overshadowed by the doofus that played the king. It was a guy, I think from Queens New York, and he was trying to fake a Siamese accent. However, it wound up sounding a lot like “Oooga buuggi slaamt kr duhrr poo theeee ter posfs.” Jennyanydots couldn’t understand a word of it, and since she’d never seen the musical before, had no idea what was going on. I was able to somewhat follow it because I knew the story, but it still sucked.
My least favorite part of the show is always the part where they perform “The Little House of Uncle Thomas” which is a Siamese musical version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It is completely ridiculous and includes Elisa hopping on one foot for about 20 minutes. Jennyanydots was laughing so hard that she was crying, and it wasn’t supposed to be funny. Of course, her laughing caused me to laugh, so once again, the surrounding audience members thought we were touching inappropriately just out of their sight.
Overall, the experience was not improved by the very hot, humid evening, which made us stick to our seats. And the worst part was, I bought a frosty malt, and they ran out of the wooden stick spoons, and made me eat with a plastic spoon. The wooden spoon of course is what gives a frosty malt it’s yummy flavor, and I was once again disappointed.
In an effort to end on a positive note, I attempted to teach Jennyanydots to Polka in the parking lot, but she just wasn’t interested in playing. So the evening was a total loss. Thanks for caring.