The Adventure Continues

TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Press Call

Band Wagon Cast

Brian Stokes Mitchell & Laura Osnes

Don Stephenson
Michael Berresse, Tracey Ullman, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes, Michael McKean, Don Stephenson

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More Project Shaw

THE MILLIONAIRESS is Shaw’s most madcap comedy. The richest woman in the world has everything but…what? After an encounter with a mysterious Egyptian doctor, The Millionairess embarks on a life-changing journey through lawyers offices, sweat-shops, and out of the way hotels, finally confronting herself in surprising ways.
Epifania Fitzfassenden … Ms. Harriet Harris
Julius Sagamore … Mr. Matthew Sullivan
Alastair Fitzfassenden … Mr. Jeremy Webb
Patricia Smith … Ms. Donna Lynne Champlin
Adrian Blenderbland … Mr. Tony Sheldon
Doctor Ahmed el Kabir … Mr.  Douglas Sills
Joe …  Mr. Ken Glickfeld
Mrs. Joe  … Ms. Jennifer Smith
The Manager …  Mr. David Rosenberg
Narrator …  Ms. Donna Karger

More details to come!

We look foward to seeing you there!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week One (of two)

This is the beautiful space at City Center where we're rehearsing THE BANDWAGON.
There is so much history in this building.

We heard Imogene Coca kept an apartment upstairs while she worked on YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS.
To my delight, Gavin Lodge and Eric Sciotto from the Broadway cast of PRISCILLA are in the show with me.
And the all-singing, all-dancing, all-brilliant Brian Stokes Mitchell continues to astonish.

From New York City Center's Blog

Michael McKean’s Band Wagon Diary
In the course of his extravagantly nutty career, Academy Award nominee Michael McKean has played a heavy metal frontman (This is Spinal Tap), a board game piece (Clue), and J. Edgar Hoover (this spring’s Broadway production of All the Way). His latest role: the lovable hypochondriac Lester Martin in The Band Wagon, an Encores! Special Event based on the classic MGM film. McKean agreed to keep a behind-the-scenes diary of the experience.

October 23, 2014

Day four of Band Wagon. Playing completely against type, I got a full seven hours of sleep last night. All the better to wallow in this pot of jam I’ve fallen into. I mean: Kathleen Marshall is over there talking to Tracey Ullman. Please. The incomparable Brian Stokes Mitchell is due any minute. We’re about to rehearse a number called “That’s Entertainment” with the amazing Tony Sheldon. I am officially in Show Business. I had the pleasure of working with Kathleen (Pajama Game, ’06), Stokes (South Pacific/Hollywood Bowl, ’07) and Tracey (looong history there), but my new buds are pretty awesome. Tony is hilarious, the beautiful Laura Osnes could sing a hungry dog off a meat wagon, and the entire company is world-class.
It's my first experience with Encores! (exclamation point optional) and I’m having a blast.
More soon,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Julie

Here's the Frederick P. Rose Hall where Jazz at Lincoln Centre is hosting the new York Cabaret Convention. The second night was a celebration of the legendary Julie Wilson's 90th birthday and the performers included Marilyn Maye, Christine Andreas, Ann Hampton Calloway (all pictured below with Kari Strand), Julie's son Holt McAllany and Carol Woods.

And your humble scribe, arriving from BANDWAGON rehearsals. It was a looong night. I think Julie was 91 by the time it finished.