Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Anything Can Happen

On Monday I began to tell you about some of my experiences in New York City. At the end of that entry, I mentioned some unique entertainment that I squeezed into my time in the city. After the full day of meetings and moving around the city last Wednesday, I debated about taking the time and expense to go to a Broadway play. I love the theater and New York is a special place to see plays.

Because I finished my series of meetings just off 42nd Street, I walked over to the TKTS booth where you can purchase half-price tickets to Broadway shows. I arrived about 5 p.m. and found great variety and mid-week tends to be a good time to go. It was my only free evening. When I looked over the possibilities, I spotted a musical which launched in October 2006, Mary Poppins. I purchased a ticket for the mezzanine on the third row and arrived right before the 8 p.m. curtain. As one of the people at TKTS told me, Mary Poppins has some of the best special effects on Broadway. When I heard it, I wondered how you weave special effects into a story like Mary Poppins?

Just to give you an idea, at one point in the play, the character of Bert dances over to the curtain and "walks" up the curtain then tap dances in the middle of the stage upside down. I'm serious. At another point in the production, Mary Poppins opens her umbrella and lifts over the audience up to the third balcony. Yes, she flew right over my head and I was spellbound.

The music from the play was catchy but one tune stood out for me called Anything Can Happen. Here's a bit of the lyrics (or you can follow that link to see all of them):

"Anything can happen if you let it If you reach for the stars All you get are the stars But we've found a whole new spin If you reach for the heavens You get the stars thrown in

You get the stars thrown in

If you reach for the stars All you get are the stars But we've found a whole new spin If you reach for the heavens You get the stars thrown in

Anything can happen if you let it Life is out there waiting so go and get it Grab it by the collar, seize it by the scruff Once you've started living life you just can't get enough."

The evening was magical for me and a solid boost of encouragement. In the writing world, it's fairly easy to focus on the rejection and the lack of response from editors and literary agents. Yes in some circles things are tighter and publishers are making fewer choices and looking for authors that can propel their publishing house to a new level of success. My encouragement for you today is to take these words from Mary Poppins and let it propel you to action with your writing, "Anything can happen if you let it, life is out there waiting so go and get it."

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6 Comment:

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Unknown Left a note...


Thanks for yet another great blog!

Yes, anything can happen --

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Kristi Holl Left a note...

Thanks for sharing about one very magical evening! Love those lyrics...

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Suzanne Lieurance Left a note...

That's what I love about the writing life. There are so many pleasant possibilities out there just waiting to happen.

Glad you enjoyed the show. Sounds like it was fantastic!

Suzanne Lieurance
The Working Writer's Coach
"When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Bonnie S. Calhoun Left a note...

The New Amsterdam is my favorite theatre on Broadway!

I saw the play early last year and i just loved the music. It takes me back to the original days. And like you said the special effects are very cool!

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Gina Conroy Left a note...

Just the encouragement I needed! Thanks.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger WriterSideUp Left a note...

Any time someone mentions something as wonderful and "uplifting" as "Mary Poppins" and her umbrella, my ears perk up! That was such a buoyant post, Terry! Glad you got to enjoy it and thanks for the "pick-me-up" :)


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