My Favorite Year:
My Favorite Year is a musical with a book by Joseph Dougherty, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
Based on the film of the same name, it is set in the 1950s and centers on Benjy Stone, a sketch writer for a television variety show starring Sid Caesar-like King Kaiser. Signed for a guest appearance is Errol Flynn-like Alan Swann, a one-time movie idol whose career was disrupted by his addiction to alcohol and loose women. The task of keeping him sober and celibate until airtime falls to Benjy, who soon finds himself involved in a sequence of shenanigans unlike any he ever experienced before.
The show has sufficient lolz. I promise.
- Friday, August 1st @ 7:30
- Saturday, August 2nd @ 7:30
- Friday, August 8th @ 7:30
- Saturday, August 9th @ 7:30
This is a night of short scenes, all cast, directed, and performed by non-paid program participants. This year I am in a scene from the musical Shenandoah, wherein I try to explain to a young man trying to court my daughter that bitches be crazy.
- Tuesday, August 5th @ 7:30
- Wednesday, August 6th @ 7:30
This is a night of singing and dancing. In the past, these have been two separate events which happened after one another on the same night. Awkward! Now they're bringing the two together into one giant melee of entertainment. I will be singing (dueting? Is that a verb?) "The Hardest Part of Love" (Children of Eden) mixed in with Brian Walsh singing "Tell My Father" (The Civil War). You should come. It will be faboo.
The only performance is on August 13th @ 7:30PM. Again, there are no tickets for this event. Admission is $5 at the door. It's in the ginormous theater, so I wouldn't be too concerned with finding a seat.
All of these are occurring at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
For my car-less city-dwelling friends, it is ridiculously easy to get there via SEPTA. Take a westbound El (Market Frankford Line or Blue Line) to the end of the route, 69th Street Terminal. From there, you can take any trolley (101 and 102 lines) to Lansdowne Avenue. Walk uphill up Lansdowne Avenue about two blocks. You can't miss it. It's right past the hospital.
If you would be driving, just punch this address into your favorite GPS/mapping website/whatever:
601 N Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
OK! That's all for now.