Our annual dinner-and-a-show night this year was way late. My mom’s birthday was last November, but we just got around to it this past weekend. I wanted to wait until after the wedding in February. When I looked at the schedule then, we decided on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which was only running for a few weeks during the summer. So, summer it is.
My mom and my dad came down to Chicago on Saturday afternoon. We visited a bit and went for a walk before going out for dinner at Gosu, a new Japanese and Korean restaurant in Logan Square. Then my mom and I caught the train downtown and barely made it to the show in time, while Dallas and my dad hung out at home.
When I lived in New York I knew someone who played the french horn in the orchestra for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. So, that means that this show has been going on for at least something like
10 years 17 years. I was glad to finally get to see it! It was everything I expected. All the songs and the scenes. Gorgeous sets. Such talented actors. I had not seen the cartoon for many, many years. As the show went along, the pieces of the story came back to me. Gaston, Maurice, Lumeire.
On Sunday we all went out for lunch at Lillie’s Q. I thought my dad would really enjoy the southern cooking and barbecue and he did! We tried so many things – boiled peanuts, hush puppies, ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, collard greens (x 2), baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and corn bread. All SO delicious. I really like this restaurant. Check out my photos from Lillie’s Q here.
As we were leaving the theater my mom said that she was trying to think up all of the shows we’d seen over the years. Well, here’s the list!
2010: El Nandu & Hubbard Street Dance
2009: Rhapsody & Jersey Boys
2008: Landmark & Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf Theater
2007: Costello’s & Blue Man Group
2005/6: Hillary’s Urban Eatery (HUE) & Wicked
2004: Petterino’s & Mamma Mia
Ze Olde Days (1999?): Riverdance in Milwaukee
Ancient Times (1997?): Lorie Line