Oh… I had such a good birthday. We headed up to LA to see Wicked and eat at Bar Marmont which is famous for celebrity shenanigans. We got to LA really early cause we left at noon and arrived at 3:30 leaving tons of time to kill before we could head to Bar Marmont. We drove around Beverly Hills looking at rich people houses and had coffee at the Coffee Bean on Sunset Blvd. Here’s a pic of Matt at the table. We sat drinking coffee and I was knitting for about an hour before we drove a block to the Chataeu Marmont.
For those of you haven’t been to the Chataeu Marmont, it’s a beautiful old hotel built in the 1920’s I believe. The Bar Marmont is next door and they have awesome food. I stupidly forgot my camera in the car so no pictures but both the hotel and bar had that cool vintage vibe to it. If you’re not one for old things, you probably wouldn’t like either one but I for one find old buildings fascinating. We each had a glass of wine and shared an asparagus, procuitto, and soft egg salad. Next we had the sea scallops and risotto which were cooked perfectly and french fries with 3 dips. One was a garlic aioli, another was vinegar, and the last was some spiced up ketchup. I had a very nice Americano and we had the best dessert ever… a salty pistachio crumble w/ pistachio gelato. This was hands down the best dessert I had ever tasted and I’ve tasted a lot of desserts, lol. All I can say is yummy, yummy, yummy.
By the time we scarfed down the last bite of dessert, it was 7:45! 15 minutes to showtime. Ack… in normal towns the 2 miles to the theatre would not have been a problem but it is in LA. We headed out and with some careful maneuvering made it to the theatre with a few minutes to spare. For those who haven’t seen Wicked yet, please do. It was incredible. I love the venue, the Pantageus theatre. It’s an old and historical theatre that was home to the Academy awards in the 50’s and 60’s. I heard many comments from others in the audience that the seats are too small, the bathrooms run down but when you have history that cancels out the inconvenience.
Since we were a little late, we didn’t get to take many pictures of the theatre but I did manage to get a picture of the stage during intermission. I was stopped from taking pictures after this one. I guess they had made an announcement that pictures weren’t allowed in the seating area but I have this one to show you of the stage dragon.
Wicked the musical was very different from Wicked the book. Different endings, characterizations, and story line. But it worked. I won’t give the ending away to those who haven’t seen the play. The set design was phenomenal. My favorite thing was the Wizard’s head.
The play ended at 11:30 and we didn’t make it back home until about 1 am. Talk about a long and fun night. I leave you with more dog pictures just cause they make me laugh. In the one with Waldo and the hat, he’s so tired that he didn’t mind me putting a hat on him and taking his pic.