Friday, July 25, 2008
I remember when I first moved to the city and I would be thrilled to book a big gig once a year. Then it became once every few months, then once a month... Now, it's like every week! :) I dig it!
Got the offer yesterday to play Barbara Webster in the 1940s comedy Johnny On A Spot at The Theatre at St. Clements. I am thrilled! She's a wickedly wonderful character - think Scarlet O'Hara's naughty little sister. Very fun!
And I'm deep into rehearsals for Kaboom! We're running Act One tonight off book, so I've checked into Memorizing Land.
This weekend I have to work on music for the recording of the new musical, Vienna. I'm in the studio for that next week, reprising my role as Mrs. Sigmund Freud, as well as singing some other pieces for the show.
Lots to do! Zoom!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Made a fun discovery in that our awesome associate director, Penny Ayn Maas, went to school with one of my best friends, Carl Einbeck. Never ceases to amaze me how "small" this showbiz world can be. Astounding!
Penny and Kaboom's writer, Michael Small, helmed the photoshoot we had on Friday, which was a lot of fun. So here's a small taste of this crazy comedy about 7 people trying to get what they want in San Francisco via sex, drugs, and a little rock n roll.
I play Kandy Broadsky, a bike messenger, who is supposed to make a delivery to the Lithuanian "Mick Jagger of the Kazoo," played by John DiDomenico.
The comedy centers around a con man played by Ray Wills (center) who inadvertently brings everyone together in an Alan Ayckbournesque bed-hopping mistaken identity farce.
The top-notch cast is shown above: (L-R) Fred Rose, Kristen Cerelli, John DiDomenico, Ray Wills, me, and Jim Barry. Tyler Hollinger completes our troupe.
Theatremania has more info at http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/145934
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I booked the new comedy playing next month at the New York International Fringe Festival: Kaboom!!!!
Written by Michael Small and directed by BT McNicholl, Kaboom! merges "hipster satire with old-school farce" and sounds like wicked fun! The cast of characters is absolutely zany. I play Kandy Broadsky, a bike messenger who wants to be Madonna's back-up dancer, and has the duty of delivering a magical kazoo.
Can't wait to dive in!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Next up: getting ready for the 1940s comedy Johnny on a Spot and figuring out the when's and where's of my own simple wedding affair.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Now before you start thinking I was reared by Auntie Mame, let me tell you, my Mom's a smalltown southern CA girl who lived in Austria when she was a child. Her Dad was a pilot and was stationed there. Her mom, my grandmother, said he was a spy and all us grandkids got a kick out that, thinking our grandfather, who passed away when I wasn't quite 2 years old, was like James Bond.
My Mom always speaks very fondly of her time in Austria and I'd love to go there with her some day. For now, she's in Hemet, CA, and I'm here in the Big Apple.
She came to visit me 2 years ago to see me in The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, and I'm hoping she'll be out here again soon. The city fascinates her, though she prefers the hubbub of the small desert town she calls home. I miss her like crazy and spent most of yesterday on the phone with her, celebrating her birthday with phone calls throughout the day. At her office, her coworkers brought in cake and ice cream, and my little brother Sean took her out for pizza and a movie. She even got some long-stemmed red roses from an admirer and had an absolutely joyous day.
Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
In most cases, rehearsal time before a staged reading can be very limited, which was the case with the piece I performed in last night: a new musical called Vienna. This was quite an undertaking because Vienna is a huge ensemble piece a la Ragtime or even Into the Woods. But we all met when we could and the director patiently rehearsed around everyone's scheduling conflicts. After a total of 10 hours in 2 days, the show was performed last night at the New Yiddish Rep Theater in the East Village.
There is something so artsy and timeless about the East Village. You can go from grafitti-land to tree-lined streets to skyscraperville... It was one of the first places I ran around when I first moved to New York, and I daresay its that way for any artist! Just check out some of the buildings:So there I was last night in a synagogue in the East Village, singing about turn of the Century Vienna, surrounded by characters like Prince Rudolf, Hugo Wolf, Johann Strauss II, Anton Bruckner, Arthur Schnitzler, the great actress Sarah Berhardt, and "my husband" Sigmund Freud (played by the delightful Richard Binder), all embodied by tremendously talented actors. There was something almost transporting about it, and I think this musical has great potential. It's a work-in-progress, as are most pieces of art, and it was really cool to be a part of something that is still being shaped.