With Antonio Banderas / Con Antonio Banderas

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FRIDAY NIGHT, WE SAW “COMPANY,” Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning 1970 Broadway musical restaged with Sondheim’s blessing by director and star, and hometown boy, Antonio Banderas, for his Soho Theatre in Málaga. Banderas and a brilliant cast, crew, and orchestra delivered. It was sad to return home to learn Sondheim had died while we marveled once again at his genius.

At 11:00 p.m., we had a tapas meal at Cruzcampo’s restaurant and brew pub, La Fábrica, a very cool place in the Soho neighborhood, a minute away from the theatre. Last night was the first night of the Christmas lights in Fuengirola and Málaga. Not a night to drive into town. We decided to ride a (crowded) train in and taxi home. Matt and Lindy were in Málaga for the evening, so we shared their Uber back to Fuengirola, which made the evening even more perfect.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Twice Friday. Once so far today.
Notes: No alchohol. No sweets. As for the rest, I’ve been lax these past few days. Too many other things going on. Back to it!


EL VIERNES POR LA NOCHE, vimos “Company,” el premiado musical de Broadway de 1970 de Stephen Sondheim, que se representó con la bendición de Sondheim por parte del director y estrella, y el chico de la ciudad natal, Antonio Banderas, para su Teatro Soho en Málaga. Banderas y un brillante reparto, equipo, y orquesta entregados. Fue triste volver a casa para saber que Sondheim había muerto mientras nos maravillamos una vez más de su genio.

A las 23:00h, cenamos tapas en el restaurante y cervecería de Cruzcampo, La Fábrica, un lugar muy chulo en el barrio del Soho, a un minuto del teatro. Anoche fue la primera noche de luces navideñas en Fuengirola y Málaga. No era una noche para conducir hasta la ciudad. Decidimos tomar un tren (lleno de gente) y tomar un taxi a casa. Matt y Lindy estuvieron en Málaga por la noche, así que compartimos su Uber de regreso a Fuengirola, lo que hizo que la noche fuera aún más perfecta.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Dos veces viernes. Una vez hasta ahora hoy.
Notas: Sin alcohol. Sin dulces. En cuanto al resto, he sido relajado estos últimos días. Están sucediendo muchas otras cosas. ¡De vuelta a eso!

• Front-row seats! The theatre required everyone to wear specially provided masks. After this photo, they gave those in the front row, more durable ones.
• ¡Asientos de primera fila! El teatro requería que todos usaran máscaras especialmente provistas. Después de esta foto, les dieron a los de la primera fila unas más duraderas.
• Watching in the mirrored ceiling as the theatre filled up.
• Ver en el techo de espejos mientras el teatro se llenaba.
• King prawn rolls with garlic, veggies, and basil and tomato mayo.
• Rollitos de langostinos al ajillo con verduras y mahonesa de tomate y albahaca.
• Roasted beef empanada with tender spring onions and smoked scamorza.
• Empanada de carne asada con cebolletas tiernas y scamorza ahumada.
•San Geraldos Tex-Mex nachos: Chili con carne, guacamole, melted cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and jalapeños.
• Nachos de San Geraldo: Tex-Mex, chili con carne, guacamole, queso fundido, crema agria, pico de gallo, y jalapeños.
• We grabbed the only available table in the enormous restaurant / brewery. It was outside. San Geraldo used my jacket as a lap blanket. I sat jacketless. But his feet were cold, too, and I refused to give up my socks. Granted temps had dropped to around 12˚C / 54˚F.
• Cogimos la única mesa disponible en el enorme restaurante / cervecería. Estaba afuera. San Geraldo usó mi chaqueta como manta de regazo. Me senté sin chaqueta. Pero sus pies también estaban fríos y me negué a dejar mis calcetines. Las temperaturas permitidas habían bajado a alrededor de 12˚C / 54˚F.
• If I thought this week couldn’t be any sweeter, we received these beautiful flowers from Susan in Oregon.
• Si pensara que esta semana no podría ser más dulce, recibimos estas hermosas flores de Susan en Oregon.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “With Antonio Banderas / Con Antonio Banderas”

  1. There is nothing like live theatre! Glad they gave you (and everyone else) good masks. What a special evening–even though the news about Sondheim’s passing was sad. What a way to remember him.

    Last live theatre I saw was a few years ago in London with my daughter where we saw “Hamilton.” OMG. We had a happy buzz for days afterwards. It was so exhilarating. I can still remember most of those songs.

    1. Mary:
      I would have loved to have seen Hamilton on stage. We watched it on cable. The one benefit was… subtitles. We were fortunate to see A Chorus Line two years ago. Then the theatre went dark for a while. What a great return. And a perfect way to celebrate Sondheim‘s genius.

  2. I hope the show was terrific! I used to have such a crush on Antonio Banderas. (As did everyone in the early ’90s, I think.) I was so sorry to hear about Sondheim’s death, but how coincidental that you were seeing one of his shows on that very day. (And he lived to be 91, which is nothing to sneeze at.)

    1. Steve:
      I still have a crush. And seeing him in these two productions makes me really appreciate his talent. Yeah, a nice tribute to Sondheim.

  3. So sad about Sondheim but he had a good run and was very active right up until the end just like we would all like to go I think. I don’t know how you guys managed CT winters with San Geraldo’s aversion to cold.

    1. Claudia:
      And SG grew up in South Dakota! In Connecticut, we slept in separate bedrooms at opposite ends of a very long haul. Mine was above the garage and poorly insulated. His was the former nursery and was ringed by baseboard heat. When I’d go in every morning, the room was filled with fog. It looked and felt like a sauna.

    1. Bob:
      Oh Antonio. I was close enough reach out and grab something… but I didn’t. A magical way to bid farewell to Sondheim.

  4. What a great night out on the town! Hope you are both properly warmed up now. I would have happily sat in the cold temps to eat that food.

  5. Antonio mm so fine! 12C is too ‘chill will’ for me at a night time event or even eating at a restaurant. We wear layers all the time now mostly merino, just an idea for your comfort. Flower bouquet is quite lovely. What a co-incidence that you would see this performance the same day as SS passing.

    1. Ron:
      Yep, I do love me some Antonio… and even more thanks to the hometown boy connection and his brilliant musical theatre talent. 12C is a bit chilly for outdoor dining without heaters.

    1. Sassybear:
      I’ve had a crush since the first time I saw him in an Almadovar film. And you should see him sing and dance live. Exceptional.

  6. 12C…that is positively hot !! Here this morning the temp is -1c and my phone tells me it ” feels like” -4c !! I shall find out shortly as it is nearly time for dog walk. Clear blue sky though, so it will look nice. The dog is going to have his hated coat on for the first time this winter..

    1. Frances:
      We have spent too many years in warm climates. It’s currently 11C. My office has no heat. I have the space heater going. Minus? MINUS? Haven’t done that since one of my mother’s hospitalizations when there were ice floes in New York.

  7. What a wonderful tribute to someone’s life’s work, than to have it performed beyond the end. Looks like an amazing night out. One thing is for sure, you don’t have to worry about SG deciding you should move to SD, he would freeze in the summer nights.

    1. David:
      It was incredible. As for SG, South Dakota has extremes in both winter and summer. 90F and higher and 90 percent humidity with hot winds in summer. Paradise.

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