The Book of Mormon Musical

The Book of Mormon musical is on tour and finally in Phoenix!

A comedy musical written by the South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) guys in collaboration with the song-writer (Robert Lopez) responsible for Frozen’s “Let It Go”, the Book of Mormon musical is irreverent, campy, cheeky, and wildly entertaining with songs that are catchy as Hell!  Since opening in 2011, this show has won many awards and sat at the top of my Wish List for performances, it surpassed my expectations!Gammage_BOM

The story begins in the Missionary Training Center with the opening song “Hello” that was also the 2012 Tony Awards opening act.  After completing training, the missionaries receive their location and companion assignments for the next 2 years.  Our leading missionaries, (Elder Price and Elder Cunningham) are assigned to Africa, which prompts a heavy sprinkling of Lion King jokes and references throughout the performance. Continue reading “The Book of Mormon Musical”

Chicago at Gammage

Jack and I attended a performance of Chicago at ASU’s Gammage Theatre last week.  I have seen the performance a few times and this was Jack’s first.

Jack’s view:

Regardless of the production, I have mixed feelings about Chicago as a narrative.  This is a story bereft of a clear protagonist, or really any arguably positive, likeable, heroic character.  Should I be cheering for Billy Flynn, the sleazy lawyer who defends guilty, murderous women using “Razzle Dazzle?”  There’s a message here that’s intended to be communicated in all sorts of artsy glory by this lack of positive characters — something about how we’re all lying, cheating, self-serving sociopaths. Screw that.  The last thing I want to be reminded by 2 hours of escapist theatre is that I’m a terrible person.  I go to plays to forget that for a short time.

Fortunately, the unsavory lot of characters is redeemed by a wardrobe of skimpy, sexy costumes, hot bodies, and slutty dancing. Message:  it’s okay to be bad if you’re hot.  Damn right.  If there’s one thing that an audience full of miscreants and sociopaths enjoys, it’s some cheesecake T&A.

This production was enjoyable.  The chorus, costumes, and choreography were fantastic, and the orchestra impressive.  Roxie was cast well. Amos stole the show (as he should) with Mr. Cellophane.  The apparently famous person playing Billy Flynn owned the character, and the unique inclusion of the orchestra conductor as a character with comic lines proved a pleasant addition. Continue reading “Chicago at Gammage”

Classic Italian Pizza

Began’s Classic Italian Pizza just reopened!  Fondly shorted to Classic Italian Pizza, or just CIP, this is a Tempe Treasure – and we have missed you.  This week marks the Grand Opening of the new Tempe location on the Southwest corner of McClintock & Guadalupe, in the same shopping plaza as Changing Hands (Tempe).

CIP_OpenThis little 12 table restaurant still has a temporary banner, rather than a fancy sign, but the tables were packed and we even had a 10 minute wait.  There are 6 regular tables, 6 high-top style tables, and bar seating.  The hostess informed of us the wait time, took our phone number and encouraged us to browse in the shopping area.  The other local business are certainly going to benefit from Pizza patrons waiting for the next table, we had time to browse the outside rack of Changing Hands and a quick peak into Turn Style.

The house made mozzarella caprese salad did not last long enough for a photo.  Oh, I forgot how good fresh, house made, small batch mozzarella can be. Yum.

We were half-way through both pizzas before I got my camera out.  The pizza is really CIP_sausage CIP_4seasonsserved as a whole pizza, I promise!  The pizza is cooked in a wood burning oven to perfection, served with only the best & freshest ingredients.  Jarrod, the bartender, is proud to tell new patrons that the beer cooler is the only freezer at CIP.

CIP offers a limited selection of perfectly paired craft beers, select wines, liquor, and espresso.

Like everythingCIP_Tiramisu on the menu at CIP, the Tiramisu is house made to an authentic recipe. It is so moist and delicious melting in your mouth.

Classic Italian Pizza is open and ready for lunch, dinner, and late night happy hour.  Many of the former staff have returned for the new location.  They are re-opened, better than ever – go get some Pizza!!

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