Sunday, January 19, 2014
Jerry Herman Day
Then it was on a train to Goodspeed for the Festival of New Musicals where I was scheduled to speak at a seminar on The Actor's Life with my beautiful DOLLY, Klea Blackhurst (above). It was lovely to be back in the new company housing again, this time sharing with Klea, and our first stop was a reading of a new musical called ADAM LIVES by the talented Rob Baumgartner, Jr. I was due to attend a late night cabaret after the show but I have been jetlagged for eight days, not sleeping more than three hours a night since I left Sydney, so I headed straight for bed and mercifully slept almost eight hours straight. Next morning we did the first of our two talks which went really well, interspersed with another seminar on Casting which was interesting and informative, I wish I could have stayed and caught up with more people and seen more presentations but I was hurtled back on the train to NYC to appear in cabaret at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd St, in Peggy Herman's tribute to Jerry Herman, and it turned out to be a most exciting night. Julie Wilson was in the front row and I remembered that she had been the original choice to play HELLO, DOLLY! in Australia back in 1965, indeed she was announced in the press, but family matters prevented her from taking the role which went instead to Carole Cook. Anyway, I was introduced to Julie, whose only words to me were "You're cute!". Which made my night!!