If you are an actor you would have loved to be with us today. I have to start with the end of the day first. We just had such an incredible theatrical experience. Earlier this week Geno contacted Jon Jon Briones who is here in London performing the principal role of The Engineer in Miss Saigon. Geno and Jon Jon did Allegiance together at The Old Globe in San Diego two years ago. Well Jon Jon got us tickets to see Miss Saigon tonight and I can't tell you what a beautiful show it was. Geno and I have both seen the show and to tell you the truth we weren't that excited about seeing another mega musical but this production really brings storytelling to the front and it is absolutely PERFECTLY cast. I had forgotten what a moving story this was and we are so glad that we got to see Jon Jon in this amazing role. He was absolutely breathtaking!
Now, to backtrack to the beginning of the day. We started our day by visiting the reconstruction of The Old Globe. This is, of course, not the original theatre but a third rebuilding of the original just a few hundred yards away from the original site. We spent about an hour in the exhibit learning about the history of the theater and theater of the time and then we were taken into the actual theater. You learn/teach all of these things but to finally see it was a real treat. Our guide was a character study in herself. She spoke in a British dialect in her chest voice, but whenever she was trying to make a point she went up into her headvoice….Mrs. Doubtfire style. We weren't suppose to video but I had to get her voice on tape. I will post it.
After the theatre tour we went over to Tate Modern Museum, which is FREE, and saw some modern art by Picasso, Dali, Monet, Matisse and Rothko to name a few. The museum is housed in an old power station. It is the most visited museum in the UK. Some of the exhibits were pretty "out there" like walking into a dark room and then a projection shows up beside you….nightmares anyone?
We grabbed some lunch at a quick place called "Eat." and then headed over to The London Eye, which is basically a HUGE Ferris wheel that has 30+ little glass capsules that hold about 15 people each. You buy a ticket to enter and then the full rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes. The views of London can't be beat from the London Eye, especially on a beautiful clear day like we had to day! Oh, did I mention on the way we stopped and ordered some fresh doughnuts? They made them right there in front of us at a little food truck on the South Bank. YUMMY!
The taxis were on strike today so there was a lot of foot traffic and the subways were more crowded than normal but since the weather was great we just did more walking. We ended up going back to the hotel and freshening up before dinner and then we found this wonderful authentic Italian place that had a theatre menu. They made pizza by the meter and it was so tasty!
That brings me back to the end of our day to Miss Siagon. What a great day for two actors in London!