What a perfect autumn day it was today. I started out with a quick bike ride in the cool of a perfectly still, sunny morning. The trees were changing colour at the Mayfield Golf Club.
Upon my return home, I had a quick shower, then Lara and Joe picked up Michael and me and we headed to Toronto. Lara and Joe kindly treated us to the musical The Book of Mormon at the Princess of Wales Theatre for Joe’s 50th birthday.
I have seen a number of live shows in the last year. Last September, when Michael and I were in Chicago, we saw Evita. Last November Michael and I took Alun to see Les Miserables. Alun loves musical threatre. The other children weren’t really interested and given the price of live theatre we didn’t try very hard to coax them into coming. The children gave Michael a ticket to see Queen in concert for his 50th birthday on July 28th and asked me to buy myself a ticket to accompany him. We gave Alun a ticket to Wicked for his birthday, which we attended earlier this month.
The Gardner Expressway was closed this weekend so Lara exited the highway at The Queensway. It made for a longer, but more interesting drive than usual. Fortunately, it took just over an hour. We parked under the theatre, picked up the tickets at the box office and looked for somewhere to eat. I suggested the canteen at TIFF, but there was a wait for a table there. We tried Fred’s Not Here, but it wasn’t open for lunch. We ended up at Crabby’s which has a very nice patio and lots of choices on the menu.
Shortly after sitting down, the sun came out and we had a relaxing lunch which felt more like summer than early fall.
After a short walk back to the theatre, a trip to the bathroom, orders placed for drinks and snacks at the interval and a few pictures we took our seats.
The show was very funny with good music and excellent performances. I highly recommend it if you are not offended by expletives and religious mockery.
I would not recommend parking under the theatre. It took about 20 minutes to get out of the parking lot. Given the Gardner closure, we headed north, very slowly, to the Allan and 401 to get home.
Thanks Lara for driving and thanks to you both for a very enjoyable day.