Tina Turner Musical and Dinner

Tina Turner Musical and Dinner

Natacha stood there, not too happy because she couldn’t wear her black dress. It fitted her too snugly, especially around her bum area. No, she had to wear something less clingy. After trying on several outfits she finally settled on a Cardinal red square neck penciled mini dress with cap sleeves. It flattered her body and the color accentuated her complexion.

She put on a pair of gold earrings and lip gloss. Checked herself in the mirror and then, grabbing her beige chunky sandals and matching handbag, she went into the foyer.

She quickly put on her sandals, checked herself one last time in the full length mirror in the foyer, then grabbing her keys, she let herself out of her unit. Instead of walking to the subway as she usually did, she took the bus instead.

Jonathan was waiting outside of Mirvish theater at the Yonge Street entrance. His face broke into a smile when he saw her. His eyes traveled over. “Hello,” he greeted her warmly when she joined him.

“Hello. Were you waiting long?”

“No. I got here about five minutes ago. You look great.”

“Thank you.”

“Shall we go in?”

“Yes.” He looked amazing in the light grey suit and white shirt. Several women cast admiring looks at him but he was oblivious.

They went inside and were shown to their seats. Natacha looked around. “This is the first time I’ve been in this theater.”

“I’ve been here a few times. Do you know that the name has been changed five times?”

“Really?”

“Yes. The theatre was originally named the Pantages Theatre, after its first manager and theatre magnate Alexander Pantages. Then itwas named the Imperial Theatre, and, after renovations, it was renamed the Imperial Six. In 1989, the original Pantages Theatre name was restored, until 2001 when it was renamed the Canon Theatre under a naming rights agreement. In 2011, the theatre was renamed the Ed Mirvish Theatre in honour of Ed Mirvish . Then, ten years later the name was amended to the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre.”

“Why did they change it from the Ed Mirvish Theatre to CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre?”

“They did it as part of a naming rights agreement with the regional chapter of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).”

“I like it’s first name.”

“Pantages Theatre?”

“Yes. It sounds more theatrical.”

He smiled. “I agree with you.”

“So, are you a Tina Turner fan?”

“Yes, I am. I was very sorry when she passed away.”

“Me too.”

“I read her biography. She was born Anna Mae Bullock in  in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her father, Lloyd worked as an overseer of the sharecroppers at Poindexter Farm. Tina later recalled picking cotton with her family at an early age. She was 11 when her mother left her abusive relationship with Lloyd. Lloyd remarried and Tina and her sisters were sent to live with their were sent to live with their maternal grandmother. In her autobiography, Tina said that she didn’t feel that her parents loved or wanted her.”

“That’s so sad. I can’t imagine my parents not loving or wanting me.”

“Then she met Ike who changed her name to Tina because it rhymed with Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Ike added his last name and trademarked the name “Tina Turner” as a form of protection. He figured that if she left him like his previous singers did, he could replace her with another ‘Tina Turner.’”

Natacha sat there and listened as he shared Tina Turner’s biography with her until it was time for the show to begin. The musical turned out to be very entertaining with wonderful performs which they both enjoyed very much. “The actress who played Tina was incredible,” Natacha said when the show was over and people were filing out.

“Yes, she was. The entire cast was really good.”

“Thanks for inviting me to come with you.”

“It was my pleasure. I was thinking that we can have dinner at Richmond Station restaurant, unless you have other plans.”

“No, I don’t have other plans.”

“Great. We can leave the theatre from Victoria street and the restaurant is a few steps away.”

They walked to the restaurant, talking about the musical. As she sat opposite him at the table, she still couldn’t believe that she had just been to see a show at Mirvish with her hot boss and now she was having dinner with him. For the appetizer, they both had the Ontario Asparagus Soup and for the main, she had the Grilled Leek & Chickpea Burger and he had the Duo Of Muscovy Duck.

“I hope you don’t mind me asking this but how old are you?”

“Twenty-seven.”

“I’m 43.”

“You look much younger.”

“Thanks. Are you dating?”

“No, I’m not dating.”

“No, I’m not dating either. Are you going to have dessert?”

That was a relief but she shouldn’t get her hopes up because the chances of him wanting to date her were very slim–to the point of being non-existent. “Yes.”

“I’m going to have the Dark Chocolate Marquise.”

“I’ll have the Ontario Cherry Vacharin.”

“Good choice.” After they gave the waiter their orders, he leaned forward and asked her, “Your name is Senegalese, isn’t it?”

“Yes, it is. My parents came over here from Senegal. My two sisters and I were born here.”

“When I was in Dakar, I met a woman whose name was also Natacha. She was about the same age as my mother. Very nice lady.”

“My parents are from Dakar. When did you go there?”

“About three years ago with my brother and a couple of friends.”

“How long were you there for?”

“Two weeks.”

“I’ve never been there.”

“Really?” he was surprised.

“One of these days I’ll go. Did you like it?”

“Yes, I did. It was tourist friendly. Just had to be mindful of pickpocketing and bag-snatching.”

“Thanks for the heads up about the pickpocketing and bag-snatching.”

“You’re welcome. You mentioned two sisters. Are they and your parents living here in Toronto too?”

“No, they’re living in Montreal.”

“Are your sisters younger or older than you?”

“One is older and the other is younger. What about your family? Are they here in Toronto?”

“No. My parents are living in Lethbridge where I’m from originally. My brother, Mike lives in Calgary and my other brother, Bryan lives in Edmonton.”

“Are you the eldest brother?”

“Yes. Bryan is the youngest. He and Mike are both married. Mike has three kids–two boys and a girl. Bryan and his wife are expecting their first child in November.”

“So, you’re an uncle. I became an aunt last year when my older sister and her husband had twin girls.”

“Twin girls? That’s wonderful.”

Natacha smiled. “They’re so adorable. I saw them last year Christmas when I visited.”

“I spent Christmas last year with Mike and his family. I can’t get over how much the kids have grown.”

“My sister emailed photos of the twins yesterday and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown.”

“Kids grow really fast.”

“Yes, they do.”

They finished their dessert and after he paid the bill, they left the restaurant. “I’ll give you a ride home,” he told her.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” They walked to the parking lot where his SUV was parked. He opened the door for her to get in. Soon, they were on Yonge Street heading to Lawrence Avenue where she lived. He parked when they got to her condo building and escorted her up to her unit.

After she unlocked the door, they faced each other. “Thanks for the theater and dinner. I had a great time.”

“You’re welcome. And, I had a great time too.”

Should she invite him in? Would that be appropriate? Why wouldn’t it be? “Would you like to come in?” she asked.

“I’d like to another time,” he said.

“Okay.”

“I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“See you tomorrow.”

“Enjoy the rest of your evening.”

“Thanks. You too.” She watched him walk away and then, let herself into her unit, disappointed that she was going to spend the rest of the evening alone.

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