Whitney, Godspell, The Man Who Came To Dinner

What do the three have in common? A person walks into the lives of others and changes them forever.

I was all ready to write about what an exciting theater week we’ll be having when I got the news of Whitney Houston passing.

There was much to say about her on Facebook. I actually had a bit of a fight on my status…that didn’t include me. I wrote the status. Others agreed. One didn’t. Then a war of words began and I deleted my status.

Because the point is not how Whitney lived her life but how she contributed to our lives.  We’ll never know what her demons were and why she had to use alcohol and drugs to cover her pain. We also are assuming this early on that it was an overdose. It might not have been.  And even if it turns out to be that, Whitney isn’t a bad person. Just sick. There are many people in my life that have suffered with alcoholism and addiction. I have seen them spiral and I have seen them do a 180. Either way I love them. I wish they didn’t have to suffer. I know what it is to have an amazing life and feel very alone at the same time. It is weird to be in the light and in the dark at the same time.  

I want to thank Whitney teaching me how to sing by listening to her ALBUMS. The Greatest Love of All, I Will Always Love You, One Moment in Time and to this day, I still sing her version of our national anthem. I’d like to also thank her for her contribution to music.

Now back to the THEE-A-TER!

It doesn’t get better than this! This is the week of love…love of the theater! On Thursday, February 16th, Paul Schaffer, the original Toronto Godspell Music Director and current MD of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Paul Shaffer, will be making a cameo appearance in Godspell AND giving a talkback about his history with the show! So cool.

And…we are going to be on Project Runway All Stars!!! DVR it as it’s on Thursday, February 16th and you will be attending the show. Get tix HERE

And lastly, but not least, Ian and friends are in The Man Who Came Who Came To Dinner which opens this weekend. Check out Parkside Players’ website for more info.

See you at the show!

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