A Broadway Halloween
I spent the entire afternoon cleaning out the aquarium after the fatal event. Gone were my precious guppies. The aquarium was in the fireplace of my W. 24th Street apartment. I was not going to go through the fish route again, so I figured Christmas is around the bend, so I put a weighted plastic Nativity set in the place of fish.
It was Halloween. My roomie, Bobby, came home from his day job and saw me putzing with the baby Jesus. I had to put pennies in the base to give it more weight. Bobby says, "god! That's a scream!" "Shut up, you killed the fish, you murderer you", says I.
Bobby was a bit flaky, and my friends referred to him as Holly Go Lightly. A carefree 21 year old, also obsessed with the theatre.
"Is the bar open?" he inquired.
"Around here the bar is never closed, make me a drink too."
After a drink, and the baby Jesus is secure, Holly Go Lightly goes in the kitchen and comes out with a rolling pin.
"Can I borrow this?" "Sure", and he disappeared into the bedroom. I thought, hmmm, that's new!
I put a record on, the one everyone was listening to at the time and sang along.
Nice to see you, dearie...
And then the baby Jesus starts to rise and is now floating on top. Not since Lourdes, thought I. This time, I stuff it with quarters. As I am doing this, out comes Holly Go Lightly in full drag. I nearly spit out my drink. I dropped the baby Jesus. There she was in the middle of my living room. Mrs. Lovett in full Sweeney Todd attire! He did such a magnificent job with the wig, make-up and dress. I keeled over on the floor.
"Are you going out like that?" "Yeah, I'm working tonight."
He worked part-time at a great piano bar called Marie's Crises down in the Village. It's a place where people gather around a piano and sing Broadway tunes. Mrs. Lovett was going to sling drinks that night in full drag with my rolling pin.
I watched from my window as he walked down the block in this crazy attire as everyone stared and laughed.
The last I saw of him was on the corner of 9th Avenue and 24th Street. Crazy Mrs. Lovett waving a rolling pin in the air to hail a cab!