More Fox Family anecotal goodness
In 2005 my siblings and I took our father to see a theatrical production of "Tomfoolery" as a birthday gift. This was basically a group of performers singing a large bulk of Tom Lehrer's satirical masterpieces. Seeing that my Dad pretty much raised us all on this music when we were kids, we couldn't help but silently chime in with the lyrics to every song performed. Although we probably got a little too loud during their rendition of "Poisoning Pigeons In The Park"
but our fellow patrons seemed to be okay with it (or most of them, I do recall seeing one or two looks of scorn but we were too far in to stop on our own accord) and the ushers were actually pretty impressed with our familiarity.
However, the highlight definitely occurred when the performers began their rendition of Tom Lehrer's ever so popular "Elements Song"
The performers were acting like members of a classroom in a pop quiz. 'What elements are there?' the teacher asked 'Antimony!'
said one actor 'Arsenic!' 'Aluminum!' 'Selenium!''Umm, hydrogen!'
The teacher chimed in again at this point'What else is there?'
to which my brother Michael suddenly found himself yelling at the performers'OXYGEN!'
He clapped his mouth shut while a good number of the audience members either started laughing or turning around while wondering if that was part of the performance. Even the actors looked to the back of the theatre for the source of the response before continuing on.
After the intermission an usher came over to me (as I had the aisle seat) to say'I don't know how you guys know all the lyrics to these songs, and we actually think it's pretty great, but can you just keep it down a little?'
naturally I replied with'Oh yeah, absolutely!''Thanks, personally, we're just glad you're all having such a great time!'