I saw The Trip to Bountiful last night on Broadway with my mom and her friend, Jenni! Afterwards, I came home and immediately turned on my computer to look up more about it. I've seen quite a few musicals & plays during my time in New York, but I have never had a similar experience. Our waitress described it to us as beautiful before the show which I didn't fully understand before seeing it. It wasn't just the fact that we were in the 3rd row (our seats offered a perfect view of the characters & stage), it was Cicely Tyson's incredible and heartfelt performance. No wonder she won a Tony for her role! I had uncontrollable tears filling my eyes during her standing ovation as I stood a mere few feet away from her, Vanessa Williams, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. with my sad little crying face staring back at them. This is Cuba's first time on stage (despite his impressive acting career) and Vanessa was amazing - her character reminded me of her role on Desperate Housewives, all haughty and high-maintenance. (sidenote: Do you know that Vanessa is 50? She's ageless!) But Cicely Tyson steals. the. show. She's hilarious! You find yourself cackling out loud and then crying a few minutes later as you share her other emotions.
Cicely is either 79 or 88 - yes, there's actually a debate about it. You might know her from her role as Constantine in The Help. Knowing her age and the fact that this might be her final role on stage makes the plot and performance all the more powerful.Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.They're what make the instrument stretch - what make you go beyond the norm. I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance. I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life trying to reach the top of it.
...such a great memory.
If you have the opportunity to see the play, go!