I had to go out to San Francisco for work recently so I went out a few days early for vacation. Clearly, the first thing I did was check out key Full House spots. Behold the background to the opening credits of Full House:
You might think, that's the Tanner's house. It is not. This is the Tanner's house:
As for other pop culture references, obviously I went the scene of the best Nicolas Cage movie, The Rock. Also on sight at Alcatraz is, you know, history about Alcatraz. The attempted escapes are clearly some of the most interesting parts of that history, and not just because Escape from Alcatraz is an awesome movie. The cells from the prisoners depicted in that movie are set up as they were the night they escaped, complete with paper mache heads that fooled the guards during the night count. They aren't the actual paper mache heads (still technically evidence) or the heads from the movie, but they do have a pop culture connection. They are the heads from the Unsolved Mysteries episode about the escape:
One of the prettiest spots I saw in San Francisco was the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The brochure tells me that Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed there. I've never seen the film, so that doesn't mean much to me. But here's a picture anyway:
I love love loved Bayside! The Musical, so when the same folks created Full House! The Musical, clearly I was going to head up to NYC to see this. And my best friend lives in NYC and Full House is her favorite TV show, so clearly this was going to be awesome.
A few of the same cast members were involved, including Seth Blum (now as Uncle Joey and Kimmi Gibler) who was a standout in Bayside! as Mr. Belding and Tori. He was great again here, but the best performer by far was Bridget Kennedy who stole the show as a sultry Aunt Becky and Gia. Perez Hilton was better than I thought he would be as Danny Tanner. Marie Effe was forgettable as DJ Tanner, but I don’t think it was her fault. DJ was just never all that interesting on Full House. Marguerite Halcovage was a solid Stefanie Tanner, but the jabs at Jodie Sweetin’s post show meth addiction came off as more mean spirited than the jabs at Dustin Diamond in Bayside!, presumably because Sweetin doesn’t seem like a total douche bag. Marshall Louise was so petite as the Olsen twins that is sparked a heated debate at the bar (which serves absinthe!) during intermission about whether she was an adult or a child actor.
The musical was amusing, though not as good as Bayside! And I don’t just say that because Saved by the Bell is my favorite thing ever. Saved by the Bell had 1) more variety of plotlines and 2) more characters that had major plot lines vs just being a supporting character, which made for more random, humorous references to come out of nowhere in Bayside! With Full House, Elaine and I basically did a recap preshow of all the major plot lines that they could put in a musical that would be funny and this list was pretty short: Gia’s short lived stint as the bad influence to Stefanie Tanner, Michelle getting amnesia after falling off of a horse, DJ marrying a Greek cousin by walking around a kitchen table, and a few others. All of these, and others, were main plot points, but there wasn’t the equivalent of the random Becky the Duck moment in Bayside! because Full House never really had the equivalent of a Becky the Duck. But still good fun.