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When I caught a clip of Hugh Jackman on TV in his Broadway avatar, I had to catch it when it came to NY. As soon as I heard of his arrival on Broadway, I purchased tickets and after several tries online and on the phone, I was finally able to get two orchestra tickets – the show was completely sold out within days!!

I was super excited since I love the X-men series and Hugh is one of my favorite stars. I was not disappointed. The show, as expected, is all about Hugh – his childhood, how he met his wife, his songs and dances, how he got his first break, and X-men. Its like a stand-up comedy mixed with songs and dances. He was mesmerizing. It requires a lot of star quality and a hell of a lot of courage to stand up there and entertain the audience for 2 hours straight. Hugh managed to do that – he made the audience laugh and sing with him. Of course he threw in (pimped) his movies, past stints in Broadway, X-men, and the organization he supports. I loved all his songs except for one that he did right before Interval. I have become an even bigger fan after watching him on Broadway! I would love love love to go back and see him again, he left us wanting more…

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As a kid, I loved watching British shows that came on after 9pm in India such as Yes Minister, Mind Your Language, etc. till American shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, Small Wonder, and Wonder Years took over. I loved Friends, but I like the dry tongue-in-cheek British humor much better than in-the-face American. I could never understand Seinfeld till I spent a few years in the US – back then it just seemed stupid that people laughed at obvious stuff.

I recently decided to start watching Brit shows online, and found my fav Mind Your Language on YouTube. It is a show about a British teacher and his class of international students who want to learn English. Barry Evans is very charming as the Brit teacher Mr. Brown. The class has one person from each country – India, Pakistan, Middle East, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Africa, France, and China. Each character is very stereotypical but entertaining. And of course the matronly Miss Courtney who runs the school and epitomizes the “stiff upper-lip” British. I enjoyed watching the show again even after so many years.

It is unfortunate that even after being such a good and charming actor, Barry Evans lead a sad life. When he was born, he was left in a box outside children’s house and was brought up in orphanages. He acted in a few shows and was popular, but later on his boyish looks made it challenging to get roles depicting his real age. Apparently he was bisexual. Towards the end of his days, he was broke and worked as a cab driver. At the age of 53, he was found dead – the cause of his death is unknown. An 18 year old kid was arrested because he stole Barry’s car and a few credit cards. But Barry had an overdose of alcohol, and a bottle of pills was found near him although he did not take any pills. The kid was later set free.

I felt very sad reading about his life. It is so sad that untalented women like the Kardashians and Hiltons become popular and ┬ámint money just because of their silly useless reality shows. While really talented actors and actresses have to struggle for years. Same thing for designers – “celebrities” like Lauren Conrad who come up with their own clothing line do well, and take the place of really talented designers who would do better with such opportunities. Why is our culture so celebrity-driven rather than talent-driven? I just feel so bad for all these talented people.

I wish I could learn more about Barry Evans’ life. He has faded into oblivion…

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