Chicago: The Musical at SF Orpheum

Today, Angela and I got up early to BART into San Francisco and see a matinee of Chicago: The Musical at the San Francisco Orpheum. We’d gotten these tickets over summer and were pretty excited about it.

Chicago the musical program

We caught the BART into San Francisco around 11:00 am and headed to Union Square. The giant Christmas tree was up already and people were ice skating in the rink.

View from the Cheesecake Factory
View from the Cheesecake Factory

We took the elevator to the top of Macy’s to eat lunch at Cheesecake Factory. We just beat the lunch rush, getting seated right as the big crowd got there. There was a large group of people with matching black “I Love Lucy” shirts.


Can't forgo dessert!
Can’t forgo dessert!

After lunch, we hung around Union Square for a little bit. It was full of tourists and musicians, all happy that the sun was out and the weather was actually nice. A little after 1:00, we headed to the Orpheum, where people were already filling up the lobby. We also found out that the “I Love Lucy” group was at the theater! It must have been some sort of event because apparently, there was a special section or something just for them.

5 minutes to curtain!
5 minutes to curtain!

We had front row Balcony seats, which were really nice. The show started a little after 2:00 and we saw in our programs that Jeff McCarthy had replaced John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn, which was fine by me because I’d seen McCarthy in Urinetown and he was great. Although I felt like there was a lack of choreography, it was still a great show. The orchestra was right on stage, which allowed the performers to often break the fourth wall. Without a doubt, the best part was the music, and it was really cool to be able to see the musicians playing right on stage. Best song of the night: Razzle Dazzle.

Chicago Orpheum

Like most shows, it was over before I knew it and I was sad. Of course, you can’t compare this to the Oscar-winning 2002 movie, but I think they did a good job with the limited stage space they had. Still, could have used more choreography…

3 out of 4 shows this month done. One more show next week!

Little Shop of Horrors: Altarena

I just got back from watching Little Shop of Horrors at the Altarena in Alameda. It was a dream come true for me since this musical is one of my favorites. (It’s even the theme I picked for my floors in Towle.)

Mushnik's Flower Shop!
Mushnik’s Flower Shop!

The show started at 8pm and ended around 10pm. The set was small but the arena-style theater was great to watch this musical in. I wanted to sing along to all the numbers so badly…

Little Shop of Horrors

They did the original ending for the play, which is different from the movie version. I was sad they left out “Mean Green Mother From Outer Space.” However, it was still a great show and I’m glad I got to see it.


2 out of 4 shows this month done.

Next up: Chicago the Musical in SF tomorrow!

Russell Peters: Almost Famous Tour

Last night, Palwasha and I went to see Russell Peters do his stand up show at the Warfield in San Francisco. It was so random how we decided to go too. I remember sitting backstage at Zellerbach hall during the run of Summertime. I think it was only the first act, too. Because I was bored and didn’t want to do any homework, I looked up if there were any upcoming shows in the Bay Area, because, let’s be honest, that’s all I want to do all the time. Unbelievable luck: Russell Peters was coming to SF! And the date hadn’t passed yet, which is always what happens to me, leaving me thinking, “Why didn’t I buy tickets before…”

After the show
After the show

We got to San Francisco around 6:30 or something. All I remember is how dark it was at that time. (This is why I’m actually a fan of Daylight Savings.) We found our way to the Warfield, no problem. It was about 7:20 when we got to our seats.

At 8:15, the show began with a local San Francisco comedian. He wasn’t as bad as I thought he would be! Then, it was the opening act, which I personally felt like dragged on for longer than it should have. But don’t get me wrong, it was still good. Finally, finally, a little before 9:00, Russell Peters began his show. Obviously I can’t even begin to explain how funny it was. I was so happy to actually be there after watching all his stand up online.

We got out of the show a little after 10:00. Everyone was in good spirits and the local comedian who began the show was in the lobby, passing out business cards. Palwasha got one. On the BART ride back to Berkeley, I bought tickets to see Little Shop of Horrors tomorrow night… I couldn’t help it. Plus it’s Little Shop! How could I not? I also have Chicago at the Orpheum this Saturday and a play on campus next weekend. Show overload.

This one's gonna be good
This one’s gonna be good

SOS Tournament in Modesto

Today, I woke up at 7am to get to Modesto. It was Cal Handball team’s first tournament of the semester. I played in a round robin Women’s division.

Won first place!
Won first place!

Watched some great games and also cheered on Ming, Rene, and Jake. It was a good first tournament for the team. Ming won 2nd place in his division.

After my final match
After my final match

We went out for a team dinner: Korean BBQ. We ate way too much and were in food comas even before leaving the restaurant. Overall, it was a great tournament and a great way to bond with the team. Looking forward to the Hall of Fame tournament next weekend!

The team in Modesto
The team in Modesto