Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in May

During the heat of summer, a lot of businesses haul out the holly and decorate for Christmas in July sales.  I always find the combination of oppressive heat and songs about snow and hot chocolate to be jarring and soothing at the same time.  How about you?  Anyway...

I got to thinking about the other big holiday at the end of the year, Thanksgiving, and figured out that six months ago today was Thanksgiving 2010, and six months from yesterday is Thanksgiving 2011.  So why think about all of this?  Well, I suppose, if we stop and think about it, we have a lot to be thankful for, considering that this time last week, millions of people were bracing for the end of the world...

The Tony Awards:  Will it be The Book of
Mormon or The Scottsboro Boys' night?

Because the end of the world did not happen, I am thankful for the following things:
  • The Tony Award winners will be announced.  How cruel to know the nominees and not the winners?
  • We found out that Hines Ward is the Season 12 Dancing with the Stars champion!  (Chelsea Kane was by far the best dancer - let's get her in a Broadway show - and Kirstie Alley was the most improved dancer in many season, and at 60, has inspired a lot of people, I'm sure, while Hines was the perfect storm: improvement, decent dancing, charisma beyond what should be legal, and a fan base that is enormous.)

(TOP) The Glee cast between takes atop the TKTS booth
(BOTTOM) Cheyenne Jackson and Matthew Morison

  • Glee had a great finale!  Go Kurt and Blaine!  Go Finn and Rachel!  You'll get 'em next year, New Directions! (Now, producers, if you could work in a shirtless showdown between Matthew Morrison and Cheyenne Jackson, I'd be more than thankful.)
  • I got to listen to the Broadway Cast Recording of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown more than once and fall in love with the show all over again.

Women on the Verge: "Madrid is My Mamma"

  • I still have a chance to see the last Broadway theatre I haven't been in: The American Airlines Theatre.
  • Anything Goes still has time to record their cast recording.
  • Wicked can still be made into a film.  (Lea Michele and Diana Agron, please!)
  • You can still vote for the 1st Annual Awards That Tony Forgot!
  • I have more chances to Tweet!
  • And most of all... we will get to see if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will finally open and be a huge hit!

But, seriously, considering everything that is actually happening in the world, I have much to be thankful for.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, nuclear meltdowns, war...  Maybe it is a good idea to take stock twice a year instead of each November.  These days, just surviving is enough for giving thanks.

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