Random Musings I

Sometimes I have nothing to write about but I know if I don’t write something then that muscle will not be exercised. Mostly this week has been full of one timers for me.

1. I didn’t watch the Oscars because I didn’t see any of the movies that were nominated. I have been so focused on the theater and tv, I haven’t been seeing many new movies. I’ll wait until they are On Demand or Netflix. 

2. I saw Missed Connections down at The Kraine which was awesome. We saw it with a special guest, George Salazar from Godspell and tonight, Julie Mattison is guest starring.

3. I spent the whole weekend in the theater taking care of the audience and cast. I got to exercise that PR muscle. Matinee audiences are a tough one.

4. I spent time with my family which was really lovely plus I got fed.

Here’s what else is going on.

 The Man Who Came To Dinner is having a great run. Ian and the gang close this weekend.  Check out www.parksideplayers.com for more info.

I am also doing a reading of Pirandello’s Sicilian Limes at The Players Club.  You can check out my Facebook event for that info. That will be on March 6th at 7pm.

We are also in pre-production for Twelfth Night which is part of the Black Henna 2012 Summer NYC Parks Tour. That’s always fun. If you know anyone who’d be interested in audition or being part of the production team, have them email your_friends@blackhennaproductions.com 

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!

Move a Muscle, Change a Thought

Tonight, Ian and I finally made it to Godspell at Circle on the Square. Why finally? Well, as in any show that we are involved in, whether producing, directing, designing, etc., we always go on opening night. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it there as we are in rehearsals for another show, See How They Run.

Godspell is different from our other productions as we are a part of a much bigger machine called Broadway. Our part in this show, as we are asked many times, is that we are investors – People of Godspell (www.peopleofgodspell.com).  As a result,  we knew we had to get there before opening night just to see the show and watch the evolution of a project we’ve been involved in for over a year.

What joy to experience this at the beginning of the week. In general, I love seeing a Broadway show because it reminds me of why I do theater. But to sit in a seat and know that we are a part of it, is a bit surreal. The possibilities seem plausible. We made a decision to invest in order to learn more about our craft and not be stagnant in what is comfortable. We moved a muscle and changed our thought.

Click here to read Ian’s thoughts on tonight’s show.

And don’t forget to take my survey for my Round Robin. Click to the right.