Friday, July 1, 2011
It's the day of the show y'all...
Well here we are: OPENING NIGHT of 42nd Street!
I literally have no time to be blogging right now, but here's the latest:
Our preview went on without a hitch last night. There were moments when I felt more like a pop star than a musical theatre performer as the audience was literally ROARING. I even got exit applause- um, I can't even type this without tearing up a little...OK, a lot. I seriously am the luckiest guy in the world right now. For once, I am truly LOVING my life. We had an audience most actors only dream of. Curtain call was amazing; a standing ovation naturally, LOL. I can't even begin to describe the feelings that were flowing out of my soul last night and the comradery that we all shared just as the overture began. I can only shout out to the world how exciting this journey has been for me and how grateful I am to have crossed paths with everyone involved. Most importantly, Dawn and Charlie, Debi Guthery (for giving me a place to stay while doing the show here in Naples, and being the best co-star ever!), and my partner of four years, Byron, who has come to spend the summer with me and support me fully for this experience of a lifetime.
Immediately following the electric performance was a reception in the lobby sponsored by the producers. What an amazing and enthusiastic team they are. The food was top notch, and the atmosphere evoking that of the real 42nd Street in Times Square.
I wish I could write more right now, but it's time to rush out the door. As I recently tweeted: Coffee has never tasted THIS good. Needless to say, I hardly slept last night. Though I appreciate a healthy dose of nerves and adrenaline- they are not my friends this morning.
Um, one last item before I sign off. While I was onstage for vocal warm ups last night, Mr. Byron snuck into my dressing bearing gifts 'o plenty so that when I walked in my station was overflowing with goodies- including one plaid blue tie that I've had my eyes on for months. I love him so much. Family is a good thing.
So here we are: Nine hours before that big red curtain rises to reveal that great big chorus of dancin' feet.
Love to all...Break a leg everyone!!!