Wednesday, April 21, 2004

I think Val said it best: "Isn't it ironic that now that you have something new to write about you don't have the time to write?" That pretty much sums it up. My life has been pretty booked the past two weeks (and will be booked for at least the next three as well). It's the same thing nearly every day:

7:30 a.m. - Get up
8:30 a.m. - Go to work
9:00 a.m. - Work
5:00 p.m. - Go home
5:30 p.m. - Hurridly eat dinner
6:20 p.m. - Leave for the theatre
7:00 p.m. - Rehearsal
10:00 p.m. - Leave the theatre
10:30 p.m. - Arrive home, collapse

So I haven't written in the blog, mainly because I'm wiped when I get home and just want to sleep. Apologies to those of you who keep looking only to find the same "Weird Al" Yankovic post from before.

Rehearsal is going well, although I could use more to do. Being a Citizen of Rome doesn't take much work. Granted, I knew that going in, but I thought they would be better at organizing the rehearsals than they actually are. For example, last night I rushed to get there at 7:00, only to spend until 8:00 waiting for them to use any of us. Why they just didn't issue a call time of 8:00 for everyone is beyond me. We were all sitting there in the theatre, idly, with nothing to do but get angry. People are beginning to lose their patience.

I do have some entertaining parts in the show, though. I won't comment on them. You'll have to come see what they are for yourself.

Many have asked me when the show is, how much it costs, etc. Here's the info:

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Presented by Footlite Musicals

Showdates:
Friday, May 7, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 16, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 22, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 23, 2:30 p.m.

Cost:
$14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens, $10 children 12 and under.

Location:
1847 N Alabama Street, Indianapolis.

More Info: www.footlite.org

And, yes, I know they spelled my name wrong in the cast list. I will never escape the dreaded "Wayne" for as long as I live.

I will probably send out a mass e-mail to everyone soon with more detailed information. But I just wanted to give you the basics now since many of you are trying to block out some time to come.

Well, gotta run. Like I said above, my time is pretty zapped for the next few weeks, so no guarantees on when I'll update Waye's World again. But never fear - the blog is not dead!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

I saw "Weird Al" Yankovic Thursday night. Scoff if you will, the man's a genius. This was not my first time seeing him; I saw him four years ago in Munice. (That concert was worth it to hear him scream "HELLO BALL STATE!!!!" at the start of the show.) And while the most recent concert was very similar to the first - the same between-song films, similar set lists, the same costumes - it was still entertaining. Here's what he played:

Angry White Boy Polka
Party At The Leper Colony
Your Horoscope For Today
A Complicated Song
Melanie
One More Minute
Dog Eat Dog
It's All About The Pentiums
Wanna Be Ur Lovr
Trash Day
Parody Medley: Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies, Jerry Springer, Jurassic Park, Free Delivery, EBay, Theme From Rocky XIII, Ode To A Superhero, Lasagna, Pretty Fly For A Rabbi, My Bologna, Gump, Eat It
Smells Like Nirvana
Amish Paradise
Couch Potato
Fat
The Saga Begins
Yoda

Highlights:

- The band nailed "Smells Like Nirvana". I couldn't believe how energetic it was. Also, as a bonus, the bass member and drummer were dressed like their counterparts in Nirvana. At the end, the bass guy tossed his instrument in the air and acted like it hit him in the head. For those of you who remember, Krist Novesellic, Nirvana's bass player, tossed his bass in the air during an MTV awards show, failed to catch it and was struck in the head. I thought it was pretty clever that Al's bass player did that. And I'm guessing I was the only one in the audience who got it.

- Being a huge Talking Heads fan, "Dog Eat Dog" was a lot of fun. That's the closest I'll ever come to seeing David Byrne perform in his big suit.

- I swear Weird Al was lip-syncing during "Fat". He was wearing a wig that covered his face, and the vocals sounded too clean for a guy who was running around energetically in a pretty elaborate fat suit. Ditch the costume and sing the song, dude!

- There are some serious Weird Al fans out there. The audience was rabid. They even did that "clap and maybe the artist will come out early" thing that rock audiences used to do before shows in the 70's. However, this did provide the best line of the night, from Maydak: "Rhythmic clapping makes me...crazy!!!!" Well, it was funny at the time.

- Songs I Missed Hearing: I Love Rocky Road. Ricky. Dare To Be Stupid. Like A Surgeon. Bedrock Anthem. Buy Me A Condo.

I'd probably see him again if he came to town. However, one request: I'd like for him do an older polka medley. The one he opened the show with contained too many songs I didn't know and only made me feel old. I'd like to see him build a medley out of R.E.M. songs. Now that would be entertaining.

I spent the day in West Lafayette visiting my uncle, aunt and cousin. It was a nice day, complete with a trip to a gut-busting restaurant. (I had an excellent chicken parmesian wrap.) Lafayette is a nice little town. I'm glad to say I was born there.

Oh, and Bianca finds it hilarious when I growl at her. I don't get it, either, but if it makes her happy...