My life on the road of the 1st National Tour of the Broadway musical Memphis.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Compassion, Encouragement, and Hope

Well It's tuesday and I Just woke up in Atlanta.

The last 4 shows went well in Durham. The audiences there were truly amazing and very giving. It was almost like we were back in Memphis.
But none takes the cake as these 2 girls and there mom, who were in the front row of the show 3 times last week. Apparently Bryan knows them as one of his biggest fans from New York. He actually went and had dinner with them, which I think is very noble and compassionate of him to do. Good on ya Bryan!
However the last show was stressful for
me cause I had to finish the mural in the hallway, and let me tell you it is not encouraging for people to say things like "hey you think you'll finish in time" or "When ya gonna get that done", while you are sweating on details and trying to make something the cast can be proud to sign. Sometimes people just have no considerate sense about them.
It was funny cause the only 2 breaks I have in the show are also wig adjustments and changes, and Karen would come and fix my hair as I was working in the hallway. She was a perfect example of the encouragement I needed. :) It was so much on my mind to get it done that I didn't notice my hands, and when we were singing on stage Crystal just grabbed my hand and held it up to my face, as she chuckled cause I had white paint all over my fingers. But the compliments from the cast really made it worth it. This was a hard one cause I had no projector and had to do all the lettering and the
characters freehand, so it really was my own creation, but people seemed to like that better, Thanks Cast.

Of course that our day off was again no day off but a long 8 hr painful travel day, I'm really hoping my body can hold out for a year of this. Here's to hope!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Start

So instead of going all the waay back and giving you the whole history of trying to get in this show for 3 years, and going thru the whole Nyc and Memphis, Tn rehearsal and tech craziness, and the first 3 and a half months of the tour.
I figure I'll just start from now, and catch you up as we go. ;)

Right now we are in Durham, NC about to head in to 4 shows.
We are staying in the Residence Inn here, and it is honestly the best Hotel I have ever stayed in the states. There's a kitchen and living room, and it would be a great New York studio apt!
It's been a real interesting situation here this week.

We started out opening the show this week with 2 of the craziest shows we've had to perform so far cause we have a swing on vacation, and one of our leads was feeling sick for 2 shows, and then a dancer got sick for a show, so the dance captain and the 2 remaining dancer boys,( ie, Justin and myself), had to pick up all the remaining characters tracks. Dance moves, songs, set moves, spacing and all. Justin and I now call ourselves the Masters of Character, shape shifting and disguise. :)
Also as soon as I got to the theater and walked in the first hallway and saw past shows handiwork on the walls, I knew I was going to have to paint a mural up for our show, but of course no one told me before hand so I could possibly prepare for it, and what's worse there was no projector here so I've had to do it all freehand. ( and no one better complain)

I 've been in a funk this week cause though our hotel rooms are immaculate, it's felt like a prison since we are in the middle of no where with only car access. Man I have to get my license already. So I've been feeling un motivated this later half of the week, But I think I hit my stride I think, I think I know what I have to do now to actually keep "Living" on tour.

So here's to a new way to be human!