Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
It's been a month since I've done the show and it seems surreal that I will be performing again in 2 days! I have been home in New York for a month and it has been wonderful spending quality time with my Mom, puppy and special guy :) I've been lazy, gone to the country to learn how to fish, be lazy some more, buy taffy, shop at Kmart, put up Christmas trees, have visits with old friends, build a ginger bread house...It's been so good to be home and I feel rejuvenated. New York how I missed you!
Monday, November 7, 2011
I loved this city! When we arrived I was thrilled that we were staying downtown at the Holiday Inn right across from the theater. We were surrounded by tons of restaurants, stores and parks. This city offerered the best of both worlds…a business district (think a little Manhattan) combined with a small town feel.On our first day of exploring Gizel and I discovered a quaint little park attached to the back of St. Peter’s Church. The park had a small meditation and reflection section covered with carefully positioned trees to block the sun. It was beautiful.
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is my favorite theater so far on this tour. It was small but very high with four tiers. During the shows it allowed for intimacy with the audience and had an old opera house feel to it. The orchestra played the music beautifully. The best part was the acoustics! The theater was wonderful to sing in. I could even hear my softest note bounce back at me. Never did I feel the need to push my voice. My dresser Janice, was lovely, good at her job and very social. I’m happy to have met her!This week we had one radio interview with an NPR affiliate and one television interview with Charlotte NBC. Here is a link to our performance: http://www.wcnc.com/charlotte-today/The-musicale-West-Side-Story-133165688.html Not bad for an early Thursday morning with very little warm up, right? It was my first time on television for the show and I’m happy I did well! The theater publicist who escorted us, Danny Knaub, was very friendly and supportive. He even helped me discover a new morning treat: cranberry orange scone from Starbucks. Thanks Danny!
We had two parties thrown for us this week. One at Newk’s for opening night and the other at Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, courtesy of Danny, as part of their "Out On The Town" gatherings. The first gave us a yummy buffet of pasta, sandwiches and rice crispy cakes! The second cuisine offered us sushi and tasty spring rolls. They even had drinks named after some of our characters!
In addition to the places mentioned above, I ate at a few other restaurants this week:
BlackFinn Saloon: GREAT SERVICE. I recommend the Ranch chicken salad, the flat bread pizzas and the BlackFinn hot chocolate dessert (a warm chocolate peanut butter soufflé with vanilla ice cream, topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream. So. Good). I don’t recommened the mozzarella sticks. Cheese wrapped in spring rolls did not make a good combination.
Mert’s: If you want soul food in Charlotte, this is the place to go. Get the cornbread.
Fuel Pizza: Good pizza even for this New Yorker (we’re snobs about our pizza :) But be prepared to wait a while for your food if you go there late at night.
Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries: This was my first time as Five Guys. If you like thin burgers this place is for you. Each burger is made to order so you’re getting a fresh patty. The cheeseburger was tasty! It’s a somewhat healthier way to eat fast food because there is no trans fat in the food and the ground beef is fresh and never frozen.
Thank you to Mom and Aan for visiting and seeing the show. Our late night search for dessert was fun!
And a big THANK YOU to my dear friend Scott Willis who drove three hours to come see the show on his day off from rehearsal. He’s playing Santa Claus on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular tour!
Thank you Charlotte, NC. You were lovely!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tomorrow is our last show day here and then we’re off to Charlotte, NC on Monday!
PS Our publicity shots came out this week! Here’s a snap shot of “I Feel Pretty”.
Monday, October 24, 2011
So my time in Dallas has come to an end. I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. Last week I finally did the tourist thing…the aquarium, a local fancy restaurant with live music called Sambuca (thanks Vicki for that recommendation!). And Chris came to visit me! He even had the band at Sambuca (Big Daddy Dallas) sing Extreme’s “More Than Words” for me. A cheesy song, I know, but I love it! Overall , the atmosphere was sexy, the food tasty and the live music such a treat. If you like acoustic music/blues its a great “date night” place.
Before homesickness could really take over when Chris left, my Mom and the girls came for the weekend.Mom bought a bling cowgirl hat that she wouldn't take off lol, and we had a fun night with yummy pizza at the Pizza Lounge across from the theater. Tasty food, good music and relaxed vibe. And they're open until 3am!
Dallas was wonderful to me. I met such kind people and I’m lucky to have had an incredibly positive opening. Everyone at the theater, especially my dresser Vicki was so supportive. She helped me thru the show with comments like “that last note was extra floaty today.” No wonder why Sutton Foster cried about her dresser leaving her! I cried just saying goodbye to mine after only 3 weeks!
The reviews came in and thankfully they were all positive. Thank you Dallas for a wonderful opening! I’m leaving with wonderful memories!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
My good friend Marvin Avila visited me on Wednesday and like a movie star made an appearance for a day. With limited local options he took me to Denny's for a birthday lunch and then off to the Texas State Fair we went. Basically FRIED everything. And car shows. And live stock. And vibrating foot chairs.
The goal for this week is to explore the West End and find the perfect belt buckle!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Here I am in Tempe, AZ.
The flight here was exhausting but Gizel (Rosalia) made it go by faster by teaching me the card game Phase 10. At first I thoroughly sucked at it but eventually I made the greatest come back in history!
Yesterday was our first day of rehearsal. The show is playing at the Arizona State University Gammage theater. What a difference it was, doing those scenes and songs on a stage instead of a small rehearsal room. Looking out from the stage all I saw were rows and rows of seats and I was reminded of the many times professors told me "don't perform for the just the first row! Your energy and voice needs to reach that back row!" Us newbies were thrown in but I think we did well. The pressure is on but I think we'll all thrive on it.
The best thing about Tempe so far is my room balcony. I spent the afternoon with my feet propped up on the railing and looking out into the distance seeing mountains and the sun setting. Not a bad way to spend my first full day on tour.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Hi family and friends!