17 Dec 2017
I just have to share this fun little anecdote from this morning. I attended the Sunday morning broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word (which was awesome!), then, afterward, they asked Sutton Foster and her husband, Ted Griffin, and Hugh Bonneville and his wife, Lulu, back on stage. They presented them with gifts and the choir sang ‘God Be with You ‘til We Meet Again’ to them.
Then, Ted Griffin asked for permission to ask the choir something. He was given a mic and he asked how many of them were Star Wars fans. They all enthusiastically raised their hands.
He then said. "We have a good friend named Rian Johnson who just directed a little film called 'The Last Jedi' - and, today is his birthday. What better gift could I give him than to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing 'Happy Birthday' to him?" Ted whipped out his cell phone, recorded a short message and turned his phone on the choir while they joyfully sang 'Happy Birthday Rian Johnson!'
He then turned the cell phone to the audience and we all waved a "Happy Birthday" as well. It was really delightful, and unexpected, to see how much fun everyone had with it.
p.s. I probably won't post later this week since I'll be traveling to NC on Friday.