I didn’t plan to be absent from blogging for almost two weeks. But life happens, friends. Specifically, a potentially threatening hurricane. Tampa Bay was incredibly fortunate, in that no one I care about suffered any great loss during Irma. Many lost power for days, food had to be tossed out, and minor damages to homes. Nothing that can’t be replaced. Casa de Crews had to evacuate at the last minute to my parents, since we’re in an evac zone in Tampa Bay (we’re walking distance to Old Tampa Bay), but we were all okay. Our power never went out! And no damage to our home <3. Irma turned east at the last minute, and we couldn’t have been luckier.
But, after stress leading up to the storm, and then hunkering down for three days with my entire family, one three-year old, and four pups, I caught a bug that knocked me out for four days. So life is just now getting back to normal. All incredibly minor inconveniences, but my routine was disrupted, nonetheless.
Life is back to normal, and the best way we could have kicked off this week, was getting the results of the bar exam for Jason. Annnnnnnd he PASSED!! This year has been a crazy busy, sometimes stressful range of emotions. Knowing Jason can now practice law, and that chapter is behind us, couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m so proud of my esquire! He’s been working at a law firm as a clerk awaiting the results, so there isn’t much time to slow down. Life goes on, and WE ARE READY!
What does any of this have to do with a hit Broadway show kicking off their tour in Tampa Bay? Nothing…except life is back on track, and this week has been one for the books! At the last minute, I received a pair of tickets to attend the opening night of RENT-The 20th Anniversary Tour, showing at The Straz Center from Sept 19-Sept 24. I brought Jason with me, and we both loved it so much!
I had seen the movie-version when it was first released, so I was familiar with the story line, but it had been yearrrrrrs. “RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.” It was a beautiful story, and I may have cried a few times.
The show was packed (no surprise there!), and when certain main characters appeared on stage for the first time, the audience clapped, and cheered. It was an exciting, entertaining show with great music. I don’t know what else I could even say that you don’t already know about RENT.
If you’re a Tamponian, this is a must-see! Tickets to RENT at the Straz Center can be purchased here. Even better, in true traditional RENT form, the production is offering rush tickets for just $20! Guests can visit the ticket office two hours before each performance to snag these tickets. Contact the Straz Center for more information.
At the end of the show, the cast came out to announce they’d be out and about to collect cash donations from patrons, and would match the evening’s donations to support Metropolitan Ministries, and those affected by Hurricane Irma. (Video via Raffi Darrow). And yes, I cried then too. Life in general, is all about community, and the RENT production gets IT. Go see RENT, friends!
Thanks to my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers and The Straz Center, tickets were given to me in exchange for promotion. All opinions are my own!