|Maggie and Nanette along the|
Erie Canal bike path
|Maggie and Paula post-performance|
Maggie and I also found time to catch a performance of Fingers and Toes at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival in nearby Auburn, New York. This is the Festival's inaugural season, and if Fingers and Toes is any indication of the caliber of show that they put on, it will be the first of many. The time is 1939 and two long time friends--a pianist (Fingers) and a tap dancer (Toes)--have an opportunity to audition their new show for a Broadway producer in two weeks. The problem is that they haven't written it yet. With the number "Anyone Can Write a Song," I was in for the ride. There of course has to be a girl, and after a funny scene auditioning actresses, they find Molly Malloy, a girl from the Mid-West who wants to give it one more try before packing her bags and heading home. The music was great, the tap dancing was phenomenal, and the plot actually worked. I wish that I were a theater impresario and could bring this show to our area because I know that it would be a hit--and I'd love to see it again!
It was a really fun week, and Maggie and I are already compiling our list of things to do on my next visit as her husband Charlie airs out the guest suite to get rid of the vaguely fishy smell. This trip capped off my summer travels, so I'm back to exploring the offerings in Southwest Florida. Stay tuned for my reports!