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Old friends, new year

I ran into an old friend on Friday while waiting in line at a favorite breakfast haunt with my daughter Lizabeth. We ended up sharing a table and lingering over talk of films, showtunes and such.

I met Alan, who hails from Philadelphia, more than a decade ago when he was still in music teacher mode — and charged with teaching Christopher, then in elementary school, to play saxophone.

Nowadays he’s a hypnotherapist. And Christopher’s sax is long gone. Still, I run into Alan fairly often since we’re both ASU Gammage season ticket holders. He enjoys shows with his wife Anita, while I usually take Lizabeth along.

My husband James knows better than to try and wrestle either of us for a ticket. And we’ve already seen everything from “Starlight Express” to “Les Miserables” together.

Earlier in the day I’d been musing over what to feature for a New Year’s post — with little success. Clever New Year’s resolutions with a theater-geek twist topped my list, but I’d had far too little espresso to make that magic happen.

I set what seemed a more manageable goal — culling some of my favorite lines from all sorts of Broadway showtunes. But alas. So few really translate without the music. And many simply aren’t fit for family magazine fare. Think There’s a moment you know…. from “Spring Awakening.”

In reality, I’ll be hibernating long before the official New Year is upon us. But I’m rallying just long enough to offer one-liners of the mostly G-rated varety. Consider this post a preview of sorts. I reserve the right to make changes as (or perhaps if) the inspiration strikes.

Whether you love my list or hate it, I hope it inspires you to consider some of your favorite quotes from stage and screen — and how you might sum up your own hopes for the New Year in a simple sentence or two.

Life’s too quick (Rent/Out Tonight). A person’s a person, no matter how small (Seussical/Horton Hears a Who). What do you do with a B.A. in English? (Avenue Q). Don’t be the bunny (Urinetown).

I may not be smart but I ain’t dumb (Sweeney Todd/Not While I’m Around). And all these things I feel and more/My mother’s mother felt and hers before (Baby/Story Goes On). Don’t want a nation under the new media (American Idiot).

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good (Wicked/For Good). There’s life outside your apartment (Avenue Q). Well they can kiss my tush (Spamalot/Diva’s Lament). Let me be a kid (Runaways).

At the end of the day you’re another day older (Les Miserables/At the End of the Day). I really need this job (Chorus Line/I Hope I Get It). Nice is different than good (Into the Woods/I Know Things Now). Give a man enough rope (The Will Rogers Follies).

Just breathe (In the Heights/Breathe). A lawyer is a shark (Legally Blonde/Blood in the Water). Brush up your Shakespeare/And they’ll all kowtow (Kiss Me, Kate/Brush Up Your Shakespeare). It sucks to be me (Avenue Q).

You see what you look for, you know (Company/Being Alive). Children may not obey, but children will listen (Into the Woods/Children Will Listen). We were born to consume/From the cradle to the tomb (Walmartopia).

For life is quite absurd (Spamalot/Always Look on the Bright Side of Life). I wish I could go back to college (Avenue Q). My child is next in the line that has no ending (Baby/Story Goes On).

In everything you do/Always be yourself (Billy Elliot/The Letter). It’s not the time to overthink (Legally Blonde/Bend and Snap). Everyone’s a little bit racist (Avenue Q). Happiness is two kinds of ice cream (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown/Happiness).

 I want my life to be something more than long (Pippin/Corner of the Sky). What you want is right in front of you (Legally Blonde/What You Want). Never met a man I didn’t like (The Will Rogers Follies).

In learning you will teach/And in teaching you will learn (Tarzan/Son of a Man). How do you measure a year in the life? (Rent/Seasons of Love).

– Lynn

Note: Where song titles aren’t listed, the song title is the same as the quote noted for that show. Feel free to comment below with your own favorite (and family-friendly) Broadway one-liner.

Coming up: New year, new theater

Gifts of art

James told me a proper "Stage Mom" needs a Broadway Cares tote bag

The arts were front and center as we celebrated Christmas this year. Everyone got books — and mine included Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing the Hat.” There were Broadway Cares T-shirts, totes and such — all in support of Equity Fights AIDS.

My son Christopher gave me a nifty camera that’ll fit in my pocket or purse for those times I find myself unexpectedly at the scene of an arts adventure — whether a street fair, a gallery collection, a museum exhibit or a student performance.

Jennifer made me a lovely piece of original art — an homage of sorts to my “Stage Mom” blog. It’s a twist on an IOU for a notebook she’s putting together with copies of each of my nearly 500 posts.

Since so many of my art musings double as miniature memoirs, I want to be sure my children have them to read once I’m farther along in the circle of life.

The Sondheim, of course, was a gift from Lizabeth — who is enjoying her last Christmas living at home before heading off to college in the fall.

This gift spent plenty of time in others' hands before I got to really enjoy it

I called that one before I even unwrapped the box, since the book has a rather distinctive size and shape — and since I’d just seen a Sondheim appearance on “The Colbert Report.”

I held the wrapped book up to my forehead a la Johnny Carson’s “Carnac the Magnificent” from “The Tonight Show” of so many years ago — predicting that it contained Stephen Sondheim.

The Carnac bit went over the heads of everyone in the room except my hubby and his parents as Lizabeth assured me that she had not, in fact, stuffed Sondheim into the package. Alas.

My in-laws gave me a lovely piece of garden art and other treasures — including a tote bag from the National Audubon Society, which I dearly love because it pictures two owls. My mother collected owls for many years and they remind me of her still. (Figurines, not live birds.)

Apparently friends and family prefer that I write about art rather than making it myself. No fingerpaints. No canvas. No clay. It would be enough for them, I suppose, if I could master the art of taking a really good photo.

A very special friend thought to hunt down a book I adore but haven’t been able to locate in town — “The Day Our World Changed: Children’s Art of 9/11.” That darling child caught on video snubbing a book he got from Santa has much to learn.

Several of the gifts we exchanged, like this 2010 Tony T-shirt, support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

I have much to be grateful for this holiday season — including the opportunity to experience the riches of art, music, theater and dance in a world where so many people don’t even have a roof over their heads or food to feed their families.

If you’ve been especially moved by an arts experience in your community, consider giving something of yourself to assure that Arizona arts and culture remain vibrant for future generations.

A financial gift before the end of the year. A regular committment of volunteer service during the New Year. A resolution to spend more time enjoying the arts with friends and family.

With all the arts have given us, now is the perfect time of year to give back…

– Lynn

Note: To learn more about the arts scene in Arizona and ways you can get involved, visit the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts and the Arizona Humanities Council.

Coming up: Stage Mom’s “Best of Broadway” quotes, Music & memories, Outdoor concert fun