It is so nice to be among the living again, I can't even tell you. I don't know what it was that I had but it sure was nasty, I'm just glad it didn't hang around too long. I could have taken a night off and stayed in my hotel room but I guess it's the Yankee work ethic that kicks in and I hear in my head the voices of those bosses on the phone with someone who is calling in sick saying " YOU'D BETTER BE DYING!!" and that's usually all the incentive I need. No, I suppose I could have taken a night off, but I figured, as long as my voice was ok and I don't pass out on stage I should be good to go. Besides, I found out that being sick gave me a richer, bassier tone to my voice. It's the only thing I remember saying during those few days in between sitting in a chair with my head in my hands..."I wish my voice could always sound like this" Not that I want to be sick all the time mind you.
The cast and crew seem to be coming out of this latest wave of "The Plague" and other ailments and we had the full cast back again last night. Hopefully it can't hurt that we're back in southern Florida again, and this time around maybe we'll be blessed with some warm weather. We're in Del Ray Beach for the weekend , then Sarasota, then Ft.Pierce, and then finally at Key Largo before we hop on the plane to New Jersey and start some dates up north.
Can you guys make sure winter's gone by the time we get up there? I'd appreciate it.
It seems that, except for the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem that we've been in a number of smaller theaters lately. Places where we're not only are restricted space-wise from using much of our sets and even lights, but places where there isn't much in the way of dressing rooms. Some places just weren't built with idea of having full-scale musicals presented there, they might have been built strictly for music concerts and the like. So, sometimes the gang has to get real familiar even to the point of men AND the ladies sharing one room...Oh, they do put up a barrier in between to be sure, but we're still all in the same room. And you know, I don't think the ladies are as shy as I am!
And sometimes there isn't even an orchestra pit, so the guys have to set up shop in another room and they prop a flat screen monitor onstage so the cast can see Scott the music director do his thing. Or in the case of last night's performance, the orchestra was in a completely different building! But I found that looking at the monitor was not going to work for me last night because the orchestra had set up shop in a laundry room and you couldn't keep your eyes off of the washer and dryer that were right behind Scott. During soundcheck I looked down and saw Scott playing while behind him Jenny was taking clothes out of the dryer. Nope this wasn't gonna work for me, not if I wanted to keep from laughing onstage.
Every venue has it's challenges but I think we've gotten to the point that we can handle just about anything, short of doing the show "in the round" But even with a pared down version of the show it's nice to run into an audience like we had last night. At this little theater at this tiny community college in Bell Glade we were treated to a crowd that absolutely went crazy from the get go... They LOVED it!! And we even had a bit of audience participation. During a scene where I have this heated exchange with my daughter Ariel, the crowd reacted with "OOohs' and "AAahhs" and I thought I even heard a woman say something like "Oh no he didn't!" Very funny!
So...greetings from south Florida! It's good to be back and if it's winter where you are well then...keep smilin', Spring is almost here.
Be back soon