Day 46: Something Beautiful—The Promise of Something Surprising

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

The Great White Way and its light and energy are about the beauty of surprise, live theatre, and an ephemeral performance. The Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th held a full-house this night to watch Scarlett Johannson step into Liz Taylor’s shoes in the O’Neill classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The reviews weren’t stunning. But the set was and sitting in a New York theatre watching three hours of familiar famous faces dig into memory and focus to create a once in a lifetime performance—well, a little astonishing. A fitting finale  after a day of listening to the founders of O’Reilly publishing and Twitter talk about the future of books.

Richard Rodgers Theatre

Luck sat me next to an interesting woman who worked for IBM and had passed on more expensive “Wicked” tickets. She came in from Poughkeepsie on the train just for the evening. We compared shows we’d seen and she recommended inexpensive hotels in the area. Tonight we got to share this one performance. Tomorrow she will be back in Poughkeepsie doing the work of IBM. The encounter itself was a sweet ephemeral moment.

images-8For my youngest son, Thomas, I include an image of the evening’s star. He is a fan. She worked hard and looked lovely in the champagne colored set (and slip). She is a beauty in her own right. Often reminiscent of old Hollywood. Certainly in the eyes of my redhead—much more than looking good.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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