Well, or those of you saw my post about The Musical Stage Company, it’s an update. For those of you who didn’t, welcome to something important to me (and hopefully to you too if you care about great musical theatre and kids and young people.
I’ll start with the update which is great news: We are half way there to our goal of ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE!! WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! Only 50 more supporters to go.
For those of you who did not see this before or those that need a refresher, here is an amended version of the previous blog.
So I rarely have big causes or projects I believe in enough to write a blog about them. But this one is so worth it.
I think many of you know… or maybe you don’t…. I shouldn’t assume that people keep up with my comings and goings…. who do I think I am??? But you peeps in the business of “show” know this; and in case you DIDN’T know, I’m on the board of directors of an extraordinary company called The Musical Stage Company.
This year, we’ve taken on a really exciting challenge that will “take a village” and we’re looking for people who believe in musical theatre to help get us to our goal.… [Continue reading]
Hi y’all. I always mean to be consistent with the blogs because I quite love writing them, and then I don’t write. What is that about? I think so many people have that occurrence where there is something you like to do but you never give yourself the time or take the time to do it. Well . . . .this is it. Anyway…. Here I am. I have so many things in my head but I don’t know where to start.
It has been the most unusual and wonderful and sad year. I don’t remember the last time I’ve been this busy professionally. The year started off with the filming of KILLJOYS Season 4 at the end of January. This season I had lots of fun things to do in this season which is unfolding now so I can’t talk about details or they will have to kill me. Juuuuuust kidding.
While I was filming that, I was planning and directing Micah Barnes new Las Vegas-themed stage show, MICAH BARNES AT THE SANDS, which went up on May 14 and was a big success. I was also prepping/planning for the production of Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC that I directed for Randolph College for the Performing Arts in August.… [Continue reading]
Once again, it’s been so long since I wrote my blog. I always feel there is something I can’t say that I want to say so instead of talking about any of the other things I could say, I say nothing. Ummm . . . stupid. Okay that is a bit harsh, Thom. Let’s just say, . . dumb.
Aaaaanyway. It’s been an incredible year. OH MY GOD. I just peeked at my blog to see what the last thing was that was happening to me. We were in the middle of the run of Peter Pan in June. That literally feels like it was years ago. It’s been a funny year of piggybacking. On the day of our ﬁrst performance of Elegies, I was offered Peter Pan. Then a week before the end of the ﬁrst leg of Peter Pan in June, I got a call to ﬁll in for the role of Javert in Les Miserables for Drayton. Then the day before we closed Les Miserable in Drayton and I was about about to go back to the second leg of the run for Peter Pan, I got some other news.
So whoever is reading this blog, (and since I may post this link to Facebook and Twitter, that could be .… [Continue reading]
Hmmm as I wrote the above title, I accidentally wrote “A NEW EAR” first and it made me think, “actually that is not inappropriate”. I’m in New York, ready to start a new experience. Well, many new experiences. And I like the idea of a new ear, a new way to hear things, a better way of picking up signals. Like an ear in music. Hearing the natural way a melody should go. I want to “hear” what the universe is actually telling me. I feel a bit like I’ve been living the life beside my life for the last 32 years (how long I’ve been acting – in case anyone thought I was trying to pretend I’m 32). I’ve had an amazing career. Truly exciting and thrilling and filled with opportunities. But I’ve always felt like I’ve been on a parallel path with my real life and its like the real life is on the other side of a very thin wall of rice paper – I can see the shadows, glimmers of the light but I don’t quite know what I’m looking at.
Well I feel so much closer to knowing now. And being here in New York, I want some new adventures. … [Continue reading]
Wow, everyone. I’ve been away from you for such a long time. I don’t have any excuse really. I had this period where I wasn’t sure I had lots to say. But I feel like I want to reach out and let you know that I’m still here. So where to begin.
Well, both of my shows have opened here at the Shaw Festival. Guys and Dolls and Major Barbara. It’s nice to not be rehearsing anymore. A very interesting rehearsal period and wonderful to have two such different shows and such different positions within each. In Guys and Dolls, I was playing Nicely-Nicely Johnson, a role that not many people would instantly think of me for but it’s really more where I imagine myself in my mind. Because I grew up heavy, I always think of myself as a character actor, even when I’m playing a leading man.
For Major Barbara, I was the assistant director. I also play a small part at the end of the show. I’ve been asked why I’m doing this small role but it was worth it to get to work with Jackie Maxwell on the other side of the table and learn from her. … [Continue reading]