I knew there’d be a reason to stay in Ann Arbor for Yuletide and skip the traditional Tour o’ Ohio. From the AA News’ listings for Christmas Day activities:
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC”
10:30 a.m., Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. The Temple Beth Emeth’s annual presentation of a classic musical this year features the favorite about the Von Trapp family. Costumes encouraged. For tickets and information, call (734) 665-4744.
Unless I’m mistaken, this is the famous “Sing-a-long Sound of Music,” conceived by (who else?) gay men and loved by nun drag queens and the sort of people who sing “Doe, a deer, a female deer” when alone in the car. It’s the movie with a follow-the-bouncing ball singalong track, and the idea that a Jewish congregation is presenting this as a what-the-hell-else-is-there-to-do-on-Christmas just tickles the crap out of me. “Costumes encouraged?” Oh, man, they don’t know what they’ll get. I seem to recall a New Yorker story about the long-running London engagement, which featured the aforementioned nun drag queens, but also some guy dressed like Ray, a Drop of Golden Sun.
I’d kill to go to this, kill I say. Unfortunately, I will not disappoint my aging mother-in-law by skipping Christmas dinner at her house. Sigh. Some other time.
Oh — and Merry Christmas to all NN.C readers. Don’t disappoint your mothers-in-law.