Monday, May 30, 2011
The most amazing thing I saw on Broadway...
I thought the highlight of my day on Saturday would be getting a ticket to Anything Goes, one of the hottest shows in town. The show was great, but the audience at this Saturday's matinee got an extra special happy ending. Let me back up...
Walking into the Stephen Sondheim Theater, I saw that all of the ushers were wearing Sailor caps. And I thought, This is perfect for Fleet Week! Because New York was overrun with sailors, and I'd seen them in the audience of every show I attended. I figured they'd feel right at home at Anything Goes.
After the show, as the curtain call was ending, Joel Grey stepped forward and stated that as it was Fleet Week and the show wanted to acknowledge all the servicemen in the audience. He asked them all to stand so that we could thank them. The audience went wild. It was so nice! Then Joel said, "Hey, Sutton, maybe we could bring one of these guys up on stage for a photo op? You want to pick someone out?" So, Sutton Foster stepped forward and pointed at a Marine in uniform in the audience. Joel Grey asked him to come up on the stage.
A moment later, he and his girlfriend came out on the stage. Joel handed him the mike and asked his name. And then he asked if he had anything to say. At which point, Captain Zubah Koweh turned and proposed to his girlfriend, Ensign Amy Sullivan, in front of over 1,000 people! Seriously, the whole audience was crying! It was wonderful. And that's a matinee I'll not be soon forgetting.
Coverage in the NY Daily News here.