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

Friday, March 30, 2012

Yes yes I know!! It has been a little over 2 weeks now and I'm sorry. I have been living it up in Minneapolis!!
I spent last summer there performing at the Guthrie Theatre in the PBS televised production of HMS PINAFORE. and since that was my last known real residence, it was like a coming home, and I was greeted as such by the city itself because of the wonderful sunshine and warm weather we had.

I had a whole bunch of friends come see me in the show, and I got to see people every day while we were there. It was truly wonderful, and restorative. So I will just post a bunch of pics and fun times with friends there. Enjoy!

Friday, March 16, 2012

We finally got out of Cleveland!! And I truly have to say Thank God!!
That  theatre was such a hard space to be in, and I hated all the changes we had to do to the show to make it fit into it. It was hell for cast and crew to have to twist and change and compromise for us to perform there.
And what made it even worse, was the sunday 1pm matinee, would should just be out lawed as it is, but because of day light savings, it made us loose an hr of the already not enough recovery time, and do a show at noon, which felt like 11. Let me say I'm glad there were no critics in the audience that day, cause we were in too much pain to even have the extra strength to care what the show looked like.( which by the grace of God looked good, I think we were under a special blessing) But of course because of that situation, people were getting hurt left and right, and by the second show we had to do that day, folks were dropping out like flies thru out the show, and boy did it hurt picking up the slack. So much so that I ended up with a pounding migraine that lasted for the next day and a half. All that to end a 2 week stint. I was ready to get the H E double hockey sticks out of there.

Then there was these mid west town called the twin cities. That's right folks we're in Minneapolis and St Paul, and it has been a phenomenal homecoming. Now I say homecoming cause for you that don't know, my last show before this was right here in Minneapolis working at the Guthrie theatre. HMA PINAFORE, which was shown on pbs as part of there master arts series and still is broadcast. Now I of course didn't realize what an amazing summer I had here til I was gone, and thinking back to all the memories, and looking at photo albums. I had a freakin awesome time here! Made some awesome friends,  lived in a great place, and worked for a great theater. On top of that, this place was my last known residence, last place I had sat down in, and made some decent connections before tour started, so it really is like a home coming.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Something to Leap about!

SO the doctor says there is nothing extremely wrong with me. YAAAAY!
He basically said I am a young man, but in dance years I'm middle aged. Which is true. This show is just putting me thru the wear and tear, with no recovery time. So I have a bilateral strain on my knees, with a possible over compensated iso something or other hip sprain as well. You should see me at night its ridiculous, I have ice bags on both knees and my right hip. Sometimes you have to improvise ice packs as well.

A lot of folks in the cast seem to be going on these juice cleanses or fasts, it's quite interesting, Let me tell you though people are hungry!!! hahahahaha, and get moody, heck lord knows I do. This seems to be a season of contemplation, and purging, Of course it's all around lent. People have given up there various vices and disciplined themselves one way or another. A couple of guys have even decided to not talk for a week, sans the show of course, just to look inward. It's been a very interesting time here in Cleveland so far.
And our boring, undeserved featured, staunch republican, in the way, hate conjurer, guest dj is now gone YAAAAAAAYY. Sorry, I didn't like him here. Thats all I'll say about that.

As you know it was the special leap year this week, with feb 29th coming in and blessing us with another day to love and be loved! So I made my famous oreo pie, And Dan wanted to do a leap year shoot, so after the show, I leaped for him!!