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By Special Arrangement

Patrick, Bill, and Bill's sister

I'm incredibly spoiled.  Longtime Novembrance readers know that Patrick does legal work for many Broadway and West End theater people.  Patrick's clients are amazingly talented, and the best, most decorated, and kindest of the whole bunch is a genius named William David Brohn.

On Sunday, Bill was honored at a gala benefit concert entitled "Broadway to West End by Special Arrangement: A Musical Tribute to William David Brohn" at London's Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.  Though our October calendar was already quite inked up, Patrick didn't think we should miss the chance to celebrate with Bill.  Our friend Marucela agreed to watch the kids, so we made plans for our mini-escape.

Saturday night, Patrick and I flew to London; we landed at about 10 o'clock Sunday morning.  We took the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station, then caught a taxi to Marylebone, the charming neighborhood where our dear friend Carmen "LaFabulous" lives.  After a joyful reunion, we sat in her tasteful and spacious flat and chatted for hours. 

We went to dinner at a lovely little gastropub near Carmen's flat and afterwards visited a new gelateria in Marylebone High Street.  After a stroll down the high street, savoring our dessert and looking in all the fabulous shop windows (including those of this bookstore that demands a visit someday soon), we parted ways with Carmen and took a cab to Drury Lane. 

The concert was top-notch.  Sir Anthony Andrews was the Master of Ceremonies, and how divine it was to see him in person again.  We heard some of the best songs from many of the musicals Bill has orchestrated over the years: Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Showboat, Ragtime, Mary Poppins, and Wicked, among many others.  I wish they had chosen something from The Secret Garden, but I can't complain.  Highlights for me were "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" (sung by Sir Anthony himself), "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" from Showboat, "The Wizard and I" from Wicked, and Bill's "Ragtime Symphonic Suite."

Even better than the music was seeing our dear, modest Bill overwhelmed by accolades from producers, composers, and other theater legends.  Blushing and beaming, Bill's radiant face probably could have powered the entire West End all evening long.

We made a brief appearance at the post-concert reception, warmly congratulating Bill and saying hello to several other old friends.  Then we went back to Carmen's and sat up talking until 2:00 a.m.  We hated having to sleep, but a few hours of rest seemed prudent.

Monday morning, we got up at 6:00, hugged Carmen goodbye, and made our way home.  I love traveling with our children, but I also love traveling alone.  Patrick and I watched three movies in a row on the flight home without a single interruption: heaven.

Then, jiggety-jig, we were home again just 45 hours after we'd left.  Of those 45, only about 6 were spent sleeping.  Whirlwind?  Yes.  Worth it?  Absolutely.

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The entire experience sounds divine!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

William David Brohn is one of the great musical geniuses, and the fact that you not only know him, but you get to hang out with him makes you, like, the coolest person ever.

Sir Anthony Andrews. Sir Anthony Andrews sang. You were there. This makes you, like, the coolest person ever.

You flew to London for a weekend. I went to Utah for the weekend. You went to London. This makes you, like, the coolest person ever.

You, my dear, are the coolest person ever.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrillig

You went to London. Dear Brilly went to Utah. I? Lay on a couch and watched HGTV.

Envy is far too obvious a response to this post so I'm going to go with delight. I'm delighted for you and by you and thrilled you got to experience such a special and memorable occasion!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Oh, my dear! Bill, LaFabulous, SIR ANTHONY ANDREWS, and Patrick all in London???? How lovely, lovely, lovely!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterluisaj

Well, heck, I'm just going to go ahead and be obvious and admit to the envy. As in extreme. Tempered, however, with ringing applause for your having pulled it off. And since you assuaged my nascent envy with those fabulous cookies prior to your departure, I'll jettison my envy somewhere over the Atlantic. Didn't know that Sir Anthony was a Sir!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrampions

THE Sir Anthony Andrews?!? I swoon. I swoon and die at your feet!!!!
AND William David Brohn?!?!?!?!
Are you TRYING to kill me? The envy, the swooning, the envy! The SWOONING!!!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

Oh my, oh my, oh MY!!!!!!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Yeah, I'm with L.T. Swoon. Swoooooooon. Swooooooooooon some more.


I'm happy for you, lucky lady.

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie J

Just wow. When I think, "Hm, Luisa hasn't posted in a little while. Wonder what's up?" the answer is always "something awesome."

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee Ann

At the risk of sounding repetitive. . .Um. . .ditto. It's posts like this that make me wonder why you read my blog. I mean, you just take a little weekend jaunt to London whilst I go to Vegas and St. George. You meet people I would swoon over and I meet. . .my family. Nice folks, my family. You hear beautiful music, I hear. . .Cars. . .And Backyardigans. . .and. . .

That is beyond awesome!!! I'm so glad you had a good time and got to spend some hubby time on top of that!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEowyn

Oh, my, this is beyond fabulous! I love the very IDEA of a whirlwind trip to London. Better yet that you actually TOOK it! So I went to Jackson, Brillig came to Utah, and you went to London -- all in the same weekend. Somehow we need to coordinate this better next time, gals.


October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

Love it! What a great life! I'm so glad you snatched the chance. Sounds like heaven!

Now, will the lack of sleep set you back awhile? Cause it would kill me.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

Kudos to Patrick! This is what I call a PERK-uisite.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney Johnson

What a wonderful 45 hours!

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirtualSprite

You won the tickets for Motherhood Luisa.

More details to follow.

Thanks for playing!


October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Is watchin "three movies in a row on the flight home without a single interruption" truly heaven?? ;~P

And I didn't know you had celebrities for friends. Are they really just like us??

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTC

TC, I have six kids. Doing *anything* for six hours straight with no interruptions for diaper changing, snack fetching, wound bandaging, social counseling, story reading, or toy mending is pretty rare--so, yes! It was heaven.

Yes, celebrities are just like us, only somewhat richer and more insecure.

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa Perkins

London??? Sigh. Color me green and put me on the shelf with all the other enviers! I am so glad you get to do cool stuff!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Wright

How absolutely lovely. What a magical time with both Patrick and your friends.

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenofa2eatwrite

What a fairytale escape. I'm glad you had such a wonderful visit!

October 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLemongrass

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