The Adventure Continues

TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Random Act of Kindness Day!!!

There's a day for everything now! So the AMELIE cast hit the streets of New York offering compliments, taking Polaroids of tourists, handing out affirmations, etc. in the spirit of the character Amelie who devotes her life to anonymous acts of goodness.
Emily Afton and I left a bag of quarters at a 9th Avenue laundromat. I always empty my pockets of change at the end of the day and I now have is an ENORMOUS bowl of coins sitting there doing nothing so it was a pleasure to put the quarters to good use.
Then Emily and I handed out flowers to passers-by, most of whom took them in the spirit in which they were intended. Others fled in terror.
I'm not surprised. I'd run from me, too.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We're Almost Here!

Broadway Bound

Tony Nominee Tony Sheldon & More Round Out Broadway's Amelie Cast

Tony Nominee Tony Sheldon & More Round Out Broadway's Amelie Cast
Tony Sheldon
(Photo: Bruce Glikas)

The full cast of the L.A. engagement will reprise their performances.
The cast is now set for Broadway’s Amélie. Among those joining HamiltonTony nominee Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat are Tony nominees Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Collignon/Dufayel and Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Raphael/Bretodeaux. The full cast of last year’s Center Theatre Group production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles will reprise their performances.

Performances are set to begin on March 9 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it will open officially on April 3. The musical premiered at Berkley Repertory Theatre in 2015.

In addition to Soo, Chanler-Berat, Sheldon and Felciano, the company will include David Andino (50 Shades!) as Blind Beggar/Garden Gnome, Randy Blair (Gigantic) as Hipolito, Heath Calvert (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Lucien/Lug/Mysterious Man, Alison Cimmet (She Loves Me) as Amandine/Philomene, Harriett D. Foy (Amazing Grace) as Suzanne, Alyse Alan Louis (Disaster!) as Georgette/Sylvie, Maria-Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Gina and Savvy Crawford in her Broadway debut as Young Amélie.

Directed by Pam MacKinnon and based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé and a book by Craig Lucas. The musical follows the journey of the inquisitive and shy Amélie (Soo) who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Goodbye L. A.

I refuse to call it LA LA Land..... Here I am with the unbelievably popular Phillipa Soo
Was thrilled that the gorgeous Annie Funke with whom I did EVER AFTER (and who now stars on tv's CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS) got to see AMELIE.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas in L.A.

I was invited to visit two extraordinary houses over Christmas courtesy of my friend Frank Vlastnik who was visiting from New York. Here is the wikipedia entry for where I spent Christmas night:
The Garcia House (also known as The Rainbow House) is a private home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, designed by architect John Lautner. Located on Mulholland Drive, it sits on stilts 60 feet above the canyon below. Also known as the "Rainbow House" for its parabolic roof over colored stained glass windows and a curved ceiling that rises to 30 feet in height, it has been described as "one of the 10 most important residences from the midcentury period in Los Angeles."

The building was originally designed in 1962 for Russell Garcia. By 2002 it had undergone many changes from its original design and was in need of renovation. In 2002, actor Vincent Gallo sold the house for $1.3 million to Bill Damaschke, a Dreamworks executive, and his partner, business manager John McIlwee. Damaschke and McIlwee then invested another $1 million on an extensive renovation, supervised by the Marmol Radziner design firm. They ultimately also added a fence to obstruct public views from the street into the glass-sided, transparent house.

That's Frank in the centre, and Bob Lambert on the left who played Tulsa in the Tyne Daly production of GYPSY on Broadway. He's now a top television casting director in L.A.
And this is Jeff Sumner, another old friend of Frank's who is appearing in a real English panto in Laguna Beach with Joely Fisher, sister of the late lamented Carrie Fisher.
Now this is one of the most famous photographs in modern music history, Carol King in the window seat of her home in the Hollywood Hills. And that, dear reader, is where I spent Boxing Day!
This gorgeous house now belongs to Catherine and Elizabeth, also great friends of Mr. Vlastnik, and they could not have been more kind and welcoming. And here we all are in the very window!
A lovely unexpected Christmas treat, thanks to dear Frank. Apart from being a terrific performer, here are two of his invaluable reference books which I heartily recommend!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Opening Night

Phillipa Soo takes her curtain call
And Aunty Helen was the first one backstage after the show.
An advantage of living in Downtown L.A. is that I can walk to work in the evenings.