Ok for no warranted reason at all, I went into this show with somewhat low expectations. I don’t know why really. I think it was just word of mouth through people who had seen it/the media—not exactly sure. Also, when hollywood people are on Broadway, I tend to expect less (not always, but sometimes). However, I had read the book in 8th grade (so like 6 years ago) and I really was hit by it. I did not see the end coming and I SOBBED S O B B E D when I finished it. Like I was SO upset. I had just become so engrossed in the story and emotionally invested in the characters, that it was seriously too much for me to handle.
So I was excited about seeing the show, since I loved the book so much. But this was the same day I saw Les Mis, which I was SO excited for, and met Ramin and everyone. So that was kind of overshadowing everything. But MAN did they exceed every expectation I ever could have had. What a truly beautiful show. It was seriously so well done and well acted, I couldn’t believe it. And I got SO into it. I was so upset and I SOBBED once again.
I mean it was goooood. And Chris O’Dowd. Like holy shit what a performance. I could not believe it. He is seriously talented. Like oh my god I don’t have words to describe how incredible he was. And James! James! Totally exceeded my expectations. He was really good. Truly truly amazing. And Jim Norton like completely broke my heart. I just wanted to hug him so badly. So yeah. It was a really really good show and really hit me. I love seeing straight plays on Broadway because they are seriously underrated (or at least by me) but they are SO good. Every time I see one, I am just amazed at how well humans can act and like affect other people. Damn.
So I was never going to go to the stage door for this show. Like I assumed it would be swamped with James Franco fans and I assumed I wouldn’t even see him if I waited. So I had like a plan for all stage doors for the trip, and before I even saw it, I was like no stage door for Of Mice and Men. BUT then I saw the damn thing and I was like…hmmm…maybe we should just wait around for a little.
So I had like a great spot, but then the damn NYPD of course have to come and yell at all of us to get out of the street. And I end up on the side across from the theater like wayyyyy down the barricade line. Like very far. And I decided to stay along the barricade instead of being closer and cramming in the middle of the crowd because then I could at least see them get into their cars. So we are waiting. And basically every actor that wasn’t Leighton, James, and Chris, didn’t even look twice at anyone and just walked away. Which was kind of sad because they deserve recognition too and I would totally have loved to chat with them, but I guess that what comes with having a huge star in your show.
So Leighton came out and I couldn’t even see her (not that I really wanted to). And she signed some stuff and drove away. Then Chris comes out and he is like really signing for everyone who was right there. So then I was like getting kind of upset because if they had just let me be, I could have been right there. So I like cross the street so I can at least SEE him. But then he starts to move along the line toward where I had just been! So I run back to my spot. And I end up getting his signature and even getting to tell him how amazing he was, which was SO cool. So Chris was like sooo incredibly nice because he really went all the way around to everyone (which was a lot of people) and after he finished along the long line I was standing in, he went back along the other side’s long line. So that was like very admirable in my eyes.
Then James comes out. And I am convinced (based on a friend’s description of what happened during the preview performance he went to and ya know what was going on in the media…) that he totally was just gonna sign a few things and drive away. BUT NO! He does the exact same thing as Chris and I really couldn’t believe it. So nice. So then he is coming toward me and I have my phone ready for a selfie (because when life gives you lemons…) And as he moves down the line, the crowd in the middle moves toward the edge and there are like 50 people on top of me. And he comes to me and signs my playbill and puts his arm around me and as I take this awful picture he goes “too close” and starts to walk away as I take another brilliant photo. And just think it is absolutely hilarious. To think I was totally not going to stay and then I end up with these hilarious pictures with James Franco. Too great. And the show, seriously awesome.