Golly, I love a good live musical. Joel and Jean and I went to see Disney's "High School Musical" at the Children's Theatre Company on Friday night. My friend Katie Allen was the lead, Gabriella. She was amazing and the show was maybe one of the best 3-5 shows I have ever seen. The show is going to be opening on Broadway sometime in the next year or so and I cannot imagine a Broadway performance being any better than what we saw. Every single member of the cast was "on" the entire time; the staging, sound, and costumes were all incredibly engaging and professionally done. We'd seen the movie a few months ago and been unimpressed, but it really does make a much better live show. So congrats to everyone at CTC; really, really great job!
Joel and I took the kids to the Children's Museum again this morning. Man, do we love that place! They had face paints laid out for the kids to play with, and Lucy completely covered the lower half of her face in green (her favorite color). She was so happy. Joel drew Elvis-style blue glasses and black sideburns on Ned.
Saturday night Joel put on "The Music Man" DVD (the newer version with Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Broderick) for Lucy. There's a song called "Shipoopi" in the show. When it started, Lucy turned to Joel incredulously and said "POOPY!??!" Joel told her it was "Shipoopi" and then they came upstairs for dinner. Lucy was saying "Poopy, poopy..." and I (thinking of potty training rather than Meredith Willson) said "Lu, we don't say 'poopy,' we say --"
That girl is like a sponge when it comes to songs. So she ran around the basement the rest of the evening, singing "Shipoopi, shipoopi, shipoopi" (which is how the song goes). I should also add that she was playing one of Eddie's plastic golf clubs like a trumpet. The next line of the song goes "the girl is hard to get," which Lu had misunderstood as "the guy is soaking wet." We laughed hard enough for her to realize she was hilarious, and she sang it all day today too. That is, when she isn't singing "a fair is a veritable smorgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord" from the old animated Charlotte's Web movie from, like, 1973 or whatever. She was singing that one at the top of her lungs when she was supposed to be napping on Saturday.
Oh, I should also mention that Lu spent much of the day Friday wearing... a strand of pearls. And... that's it.
Eddie seems to be aging gracefully since his b-day -- though he still refuses to walk much. Oh, he did stand himself up and take three steps on his own this evening. And yesterday he took, maybe, 10 steps from Joel to me.
Ned and Lu spent about 5 minutes at the supper table tonight, screaming at each other. Screaming. It would have been really irritating, except you could tell they were just seeing what kinds of noises they could make. And it's really funny to watch someone let out a super-loud scream at the top of his lungs and then immediately take a huge bite of chili like nothing ever happened. Especially when he still has the light-blue remains of Elvis glasses painted on his face.