Tomorrow night, we head into weekend number four of Pick of the Vine, during which time we will dare to do something that the vast majority of the country wouldn’t dream of:
We will miss the Super Bowl.
This Sunday – as I have done for the past four Super Bowl Sundays – I will set my DVR to record the Big Game as I perform. Then, I will plug my ears, stay off my cell phone, and try with all my might to avoid any kind of news or updates regarding the score as I rush home after curtain call to watch everything from the very beginning. Even the commercials, naturally.
Pick of the Vine is such a proven juggernaut that performances have been held on every Super Bowl Sunday since 2011, and attendance hasn’t suffered the way you might think it would. At the time of this posting, well over half the seats for this Sunday’s show have been reserved already. And yes, the people who attend will likely be exactly who you would expect to see there. However, it’s not all sport-hating women in the seats. After all, it is possible to be a fan of both the performing arts and professional sports. I certainly am, and I’m not alone among our cast and crew.
In fact, it’s possible to be a fan of lots of things. These days, it’s so easy to record tens of hours of programming on your cable box that you can become a fan of virtually anything and everything on TV. But live theater is just that, it’s live, and that’s the biggest difference between the Super Bowl and Pick of the Vine: you can’t DVR Pick of the Vine.
Recently, Holly asked me what I would do if my beloved Cleveland Browns finally made it to the Big Dance and I had a performance on the same day. I mean, that would be a pretty momentous day in history, considering it’s been exactly fifty years since the last time they were crowned NFL champions, and millions of fans eagerly await their return to greatness, myself among them. But my answer to her was a staunch one: I would absolutely honor my commitment to Pick of the Vine and perform for the people who came out on that hallowed day to see the show.
Nobody’d better mention the score though.