Rehearsals and such
Things have been crazy lately!
Let me just say how much I appreciate the support from everyone.
This morning I woke up to yet another message from a friend of mine asking to see a photo of me in the clown costume that I mentioned in the Playbill Cue and A article. I opened up my old hard drive and searched for photos of me doing a performance piece as this whacky character. I found them. They are absurd. I found a video but that will not leave my hard drive. I adored that class. These shots are from a one-man show of my clown reenacting Peter Jackson's King Kong. It included the fight between Kong and the Dinosaur. This was 4 years ago.
I've always had a great admiration for physical comedians and clown performers (and I'm not talking about creepy birthday clowns). It's one of the reasons I admire Bill Irwin so much. A few days ago, the cast of Bye Bye Birdie was treated to something wonderful. Bill threw a surprise clown act for John Stamos' birthday. It was incredible. We all felt so honored to be watching such an unexpected, special moment. He is a genius at what he does and I am having the time of my life watching him work every day.
I'm really enjoying rehearsals for this show. I think audiences are going to be floored when they see the teen ensemble. They are phenomenal and are working their asses off. I am starting to feel right in my character's younger shoes. Hugo is a far cry from Melchior Gabor! It's been a lot of fun going full out with such broad musical theatre comedy. Today I tried on my costumes and talked about what will be done to make me super young, dorky, and insecure. I can't wait to get into costume. Since I am currently wearing my own clothes in rehearsals, putting on the geeky early-60s-wear will be very helpful.
Thursday is going to be a blast. I am most likely going to be doing Role of a Lifetime in place of Are You There since Wesley Taylor cannot be there. Lilli Cooper will also be there on Thursday! I'm very excited to see everyone!
More to come!
EDIT: I will actually be singing "How Glory Goes" from Floyd Collins in place of Are You There. I figured I'd add a new song.