Lobby Bar – September 7: Theo in the House, Send in the Clowns and ‘I’ll Take Leonardo DiCaprio for $200, Alex!’

By Anna Breuer on 7 September 2018
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Lobby Bar: An Alliterative Alliance of Fact and Fiction

Falling light zone. Theatergoers at a recent performance, at the National Yiddish Theatre, of “Fiddler on the Roof” honoring the late and prolific actor Theodore Bikel – who played the role of Tevye more times than any other performer – were surprised when, in the middle of the performance, a few familiar organ chords were heard and an unnoticed but very large chandelier in the middle of the ceiling came crashing down.  A recognizable voice with an Austrian accent explains: “You have brought music back in to my life.  I had forgotten.”

I’ve got a secret. Blaise Buckley lets it slip that some of the best shows in London are tucked below Waterloo Station in The Vaults, where he saw Alice’s Adventures Underground and, more recently, the Disney-inspired “Fantasia: Sounds & Sorcery.” Once it got out, however, The Vaults quietly moved and is now underneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

People Express. This is not a misprint. Fares to Europe are now the equivalent of $27 in 1985 dollars.

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese. In 1986, The Economist magazine developed the tongue-in-cheek Big Mac Index, which is now taken seriously in terms of the world’s currencies as they rise and fall in value. With the recent run on the world’s pickle market, however, currency markets have been thrown into chaos and McDonald’s substitution of olives instead of pickles left the dollar and euro in shambles.

Catch me if you can. Jesse is at it again with his time machine. This month he visits the St Regis hotel in New York City in 1904 where he unsuccessfully tried to convince John Jacob Astor the IV not to take the Titanic eight years hence. Astor had him thrown out, reportedly screaming “Titanic, Shmypanic.”

Wowie Kazowie! Plagued by problems with employee uniforms, American Airlines announced plans to employ an independent testing lab to determine if employees will be happy wearing their new uniforms. The agency, Bozo Enterprises, said it plans to test the garment, a blue overall with a headpiece with wild red hair, oversized shoes, layered collar, white gloves, and a red bulbous nose, in front of a studio audience comprised of young fliers.

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