So lemme tell you about our Saturday.
Actually, before I tell that tale, I have to take you back a few months. Remember back in September, I regaled you all with my failed attempt to acquire the signature of Lance Guest, star of Million Dollar Quartet and one of my childhood heroes for his role in The Last Starfighter? About a month after that post, I received the following e-mail:
Hi Kevin:I'm the Company Manager for Million Dollar Quartet and I saw your blog on the failed mission to get your Last Starfighter DVD signed. Lance is back in the show on November 4th and I'd like to offer you tickets to come back. Lance would be happy to say hello and sign the dvd after a show.You can email me directly to set up the signing.Best,
Million Dollar Quartet
I wasn't quite sure what to think. Maybe this blogging thing does have unintended and positive side effects or maybe it was someone pulling a prank on me. I e-mailed her back and we continued the conversation for a while culminating on Saturday night when Katie and I drove in to the Apollo Theater and saw Million Dollar Quartet (me for the third time, Katie for the second) and, afterward, met Lance Guest and he did this for me...
First, I have to thank Marcie for reading blog posts about the show and discovering what I had to say (other than not meeting him after the second show, everything I said was exceedingly positive and I stand by that) and working with me to get to this show. She was incredibly patient and ridiculously cool. And she got us great tickets in the third row off stage left (see photo at right). We were so close we could see the microphones hidden in their hairlines. Plus I have to apologize for being a bit awkward the first time we met up. She found us before the show and I was caught off guard mostly because it was one of the only times someone has come up to me and said something along the lines of "Ah, I knew that was you. I recognized you from your blog." So, yeah, I was stumbling a bit. Sorry, Marcie.
Second, I have to thank Lance for being willing to meet me. After putting on a very high-energy show for nearly two hours and still coming out afterward to say hi to a geeky fan? Well, that's just plain cool. Then he signed the DVD cover with the Rylan war chant "Victory or Death!" And he stood there in the lobby talking to us for five or so minutes. He even dubbed us "Tet Heads" because of how often we've seen MDQ and our expressed desire to see it again sometime after its Broadway premiere in April.
Third, again, if you're in Chicago and have a chance to see Million Dollar Quartet, we both highly recommend it. We found another friend of ours yesterday at the gym who said that he's seen it three times as well and loved it every time. Plus, if you're in NYC, it opens on Broadway in April. You can catch it there. Not sure what the cast will be just yet as both the NYC and Chicago shows will be running concurrently. But check it out.
Finally, we topped off the evening by picking up some Piece Pizza to go. Those of you who are veterans of Davecago will remember the place for its heavenly offerings. Those of you who are not vets, well you should be.
Yeah, it was a good night. One that Katie and I will enjoy for some time to come.