Thursday, April 16, 2009


The dreams of Susan Boyle are indeed coming true-- and wait until you hear this: The performance by the 47-year-old on the show "Britain's Got Talent" which aired April 11 was watched by an average of 10.3 million viewers, and now has been viewed over four million times on YouTube already. The song has now entered the mid-week single Billboard charts at number 60. The original cast recording of the song, featuring Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone, is now number one in the I tunes vocal download chart. Cameron Mackintosh has echoed the comments of judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, saying, "Just like the judges and audience I was gob-smacked by the emotional powerhouse performance of Susan Boyle's show stopping rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream.' Vocally it is one of the best versions of the song I've ever heard. Touching, thrilling and uplifting. I do hope she gets to sing it for the Queen." God love you, Susan Boyle-- God indeed makes dreams come true. How much does he love us? I think He really enjoys surprising and delighting us each and every day. And now, John and I go to try and have the first day of rehearsal without soap opera drama. I sure wish Tony Westbrook was here-- I simply would have built in sanity in the chaos. I'm hoping this show is a pure smash-- then john and I can work on making this theatre wonderful. I read a story today about a man who was thrown out of Yankee Stadium last August 26th because he went to the bathroom during the singing of "God Bless America" . The Yankees have an official policy that everyone has to be in their seats or standing in front of them while the song is paid. Now the guy is suing the city of New York and the Yankees for nineteen million dollars for being "mortally embarrassed". I wonder just how you get to being "mortally embarrassed?" And I also wonder how anyone can require anyone to stand and be reverent towards a commercial song. Now, don't get me wrong, I love "God Bless America" and I love Irving Berlin. And this song's royalty income was willed by Berlin to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (it makes up 34% of their budget together) but I would think that no one can impose rules about the behavior of an individual while a song is playing. And after all, even if belief in God has nothing to do with this (because that's what America is about), what if the guy really had to go to the bathroom? I would think it would have to be printed on the ticket as a condition of admission-- then if you didn't observe the rule, there would be cause for that ejection. Oh well, another lawsuit and more back log for the courts-- what can I say? Wish us luck today!