I’m heading out tomorrow to start the Thanksgiving holiday week and as always, the last day before you go on a trip becomes a nightmare of organizing and trying not to forget anything important. I’m nursing a cold, too, which didn’t help the singing issue I talked about last week, but hey — the concert went well and I got a little bit closer to overcoming stage fright. Just before I went onstage in Santa Monica this week, one of the volunteers said to me, “Do you get nervous before these things?” I thought, “Well, I was doing a pretty good job at avoiding it this time, but now that you’ve brought it up….” Hmmph.
Broadway’s dark. The writers in LA are on strike. I suppose Thanksgiving week is the time to say outloud that I’m grateful I’m working on a reality TV show. Who knew? I’ll tell you more about CLASH OF THE CHOIRS as soon as they’ll let me, but if you’re in New Haven, Philly, Cincy, Houston, or Oklahoma City, you’ve probably already heard about it. And by this time next month, you will definitely have heard about it. Especially since there will be nothing else to watch on TV.
Here’s a photo from the concert I did at the Madison Theater at Santa Monica College this week. That’s Tim Christensen (bass) and Shannon Ford (drums) flanking me in the back, and Susan Egan and Kevin Earley sitting in front. If you put a little bubble over my head it would be saying, “Hurry up and take the pictures because I have to figure out what I’m going to talk about in fifteen minutes when the concert starts.” But, as always, I’m glad someone was there taking photos to document the event, even though I might have been a little bit cranky as it was happening.
Since we’re doing photos, here are two from the master class I taught at the Orange County High School of the Arts. In the first photo, that’s Hannah Solow, Lamont O’Neil, Robert Anderson and Nina Herzog. And the second photo is everyone who was in the room while I was working with the first four people. That’s an amazing program they’ve got there, and if it weren’t an hour and a half from my house I’d be trying to get my two-year-old daughter on the wait list right now.I’ve been so lucky to get to see inside lots of fantastic musical theater training programs this year — both in the US and the UK — and I’m excited about the interest there is from young people in the future of Broadway musicals. Now, if we could just get the lights back on in the theaters. I know I sound flip, but it’s really a problem. In case you haven’t been following it, the Broadway stagehands union has been on strike for a week, and even though talks resumed this weekend, they didn’t solve the issues at hand. Now it looks like the theaters will be dark over Thanksgiving week — which means all those people in for the Macy’s parade… well, I can’t even think about it. Fingers crossed.
I’m gonna keep this one short because I’ve got to pack, but as this very special holiday approaches I want to thank all of you for reading my blog and supporting my music. This has been a big year, and I’ve got even bigger things in store for next year, but none of it would be possible if no one cared about the music. So, hey — Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for you.