Wife of the Norm and Husband of Wife of the Norm have duly returned from their brief trip to London to celebrate Wife of the Norm's impending birthday, and I can report authoritatively that a good time was had by all.
One of the highlights was seeing Trevor Nunn's production of Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. You know me, I don't like to appear like a dumb enthusiast or anything, but I'm telling you it is out of this world. If you have any feeling at all for the musical as a genre - and if you don't, then my heartfelt commiserations - and you haven't yet seen it and have the possibility of doing so, pick up the phone and book yourself and the person you like best a couple of tickets.
What can I tell you? Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Not just classics like 'Anything Goes' itself, 'You're the Top', 'Easy to Love' and 'I Get a Kick out of you', but a song I had forgotten from the only other occasion I'd seen the show some forty-five years ago in the Town Hall Bulawayo (with my big sister Suzanne in the cast): 'All Through the Night' - which by its subtle melodic progression just confirms you in the view that where you want to be is right there where you are.
And that's basically my take on the thing as a whole. I sat through that performance delighting in the fact that I was in the presence of something exceptional, a production so full of energy and talent, inventiveness and humour - including a rendition of 'The Gypsy in Me' to rank with some of the Marx Brothers' finest moments - as to remind you why live theatre is so great, containing, like the greatest moments in competitive sport, the power to lift you beyond mundane experience on to some other plane. Don't ask me where that is because I couldn't tell you, but I was there last night.