Fortunately, Rachel's birthday weekend and my parents' visit provided the opportunity for us to see The Greatest Dance Show in the World. And we know that it is The Greatest Dance Show in the World because they told us so in a pre-curtain announcement. That right there is the mark of a good show.
Another mark of a good show is when they understand the importance of branding. First of all, you need to make sure
That's good. That's very good. Now everyone knows
Oh, and let's throw in some guys in black capes holding flaming torches for tradition, a couple of violin-playing blondes in spike-heeled boots and short skirts in front of video projections of running horses for culture, and a sparkly jester for the kids.
Yes! That's it! That will guarantee us a show that will run for over 16 years, becoming the biggest grossing tour in entertainment history* and a 3D movie.
We went hoping for cheese. We were not disappointed. From the flaming skulls and the Ninja Turtle-like costumes for the bad guys to the alien invasion (complete with 1950's-style UFO!) at the end, this show was everything Rachel was hoping for in a birthday weekend cultural experience. As a bonus, the dancing itself was actually very good.
So you can brag about your Alvin Ailey viewings all you want, Jason. I've seen Lord of the Dance.