Welp. So it ends. I tried to stay away, I really did… But with everything that’s happened this week, I just HAD to go to Rocky. Had to. Tomorrow matinee is the final performance, so tonight was their last evening show.
And it was just as amazing as usual. If Andy hadn’t called out at intermission last time I went, there’s a chance I might not have felt the need to see it one last time (a chance, albeit a small one) but I’m SO glad I went tonight.
Lynn and Steve (and both their lovely husbands) were there - I had no idea they would be and I was SO happy to see them. I bumped into them (literally, in the case of Lynn) at intermission and then got to chat more extensively after the show. I was just so glad I got the chance to tell them how AMAZING I think the show is and how sorry I am that it’s closing but that I hoped that they considered it a win because so many people loved this musical so much. That was evident tonight especially - the audience literally was still chanting “RO-CKY RO-CKY!” after the lights went down. Standing ovations, show-stopping moments, all the usual enthusiasm and joy that this show brings.
I also saw Mr. Alex Timbers, with whom it was a pleasure to work back in ‘11 at the Brooklyn, Lyceum, but I haven’t really seen since then. So I sorta re-introduced myself to him and told him how honored I was to have worked on this production. He, like LinenSteve + spouses, was extremely sweet ❤️
You could also just FEEL that this was the last weekend. Lots of actors were adding in little “bits” or ad-libs here and there that I’m sure most audience members wouldn’t have noticed but I thought were a lot of fun. Everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. There’s an exchange in Act 2 between Andy and Margo (Rocky and Adrian) that for some reason just cracked them up to the point where they both kept laughing until the audience applauded and then they eventually got it together. I’m just glad I went, glad the show was so good, glad the audience reaction was through the roof, and glad I got to see the fabulous creative team and give them all my love and support.
What a wonderful show, what a wild ride, and what a bittersweet ending.
Til next time, LinenSteve!
And by next time I mean “Anastasia.”
And “Little Dancer”