I saw what is definitely one of my new favorite musicals and the song that is the title of this post has been stuck in my head all day.
I had a pretty good day at work, especially since a few of my coworkers and I headed to The Grove and had lunch at “Umami Burger.” I returned to the office with a full belly (I got their “Green Goddess” turkey burger, which I definitely recommend!) and dreams of my evening plans. On Tuesday, Danelle texted me and asked if I’d like to see the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. It won the 2014 Tony Award for best musical, but that was all I’d heard about it. Not knowing what the show was about, I looked at a synopsis on Wikipedia and said “heck yeah!” (It’s about a man who’s ninth in line to be an Earl, so he kills off those who are ahead of him). Danelle bought the tickets and our evening was set.
Google Maps took me on some crazy route around the world (no seriously – I went through Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, and Filipinotown) and I somehow found parking for less than $10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Danelle told me she had never been to DTLA before, so I made sure she marveled at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an architectural masterpiece.
We walked along Grand Ave and took lots of photos (mainly selfies, who do I think I’m kidding?). I pointed out a few iconic buildings along the LA skyline to Danelle, and was frankly impressed with my knowledge of LA landmarks, despite my having lived in this city practically my whole life.
We walked towards the Music Center, as the play was at the Ahmanson Theatre. Right outside of the center was a cute outdoor restaurant called “Pinot Grill” so we sat down and decided to act like real adults, as we were getting dinner and seeing a show on a week night. We were the youngest people at this restaurant by around 30 years, but we definitely didn’t let that get us down. We ordered a cheese plate and salad to share, and after eating, headed to the theater to wait for the performance to begin.
A Gentleman’s Guide is a comedic musical, with lots of witty one-liners and hilarious song lyrics. We were on the top level and way over to the right, but that truly didn’t matter. The cast was incredible, the costumes and set design impeccable, and, I’m definitely no theater critic, but I thoroughly enjoyed the show and highly recommend it! Here are a couple photos we took!
Such an incredibly fun night! I definitely need to have more theater in my life, because I forget how much I love it until I see a show. So here’s hoping there will be more musicals to be posted about on this blog! Let me know in the comments what your favorite musicals are, and to read about previous musical experiences I’ve had, here’s a link!
-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂