No I don’t have a sunburn. That’s the name of this blog-page-theme. It’s interesting and it sort of mirrors my website sunburst. Hmmmmm.
So, yesterday we had the line run for the Wonderful Town understudies. It went really really well. Everyone had clearly worked really hard. There was the odd flub here and there but on the whole, great. Our stage manager Judy and our musical director, Paul, were really happy. And seemed to be genuinely so. If you guys haven’t heard of Ken James Stewart, remember that name. He is a really talented and funny young guy who was so great. I think he is going to be someone to keep an eye on. We finished early and I had the gang over for some wine and munchies. It was great. We just sat around and yacked. Judy and I ended up talking about baking for about 45 minutes. We are both enthusiastic bakers. So we started to talk about cuilinary porn – no I don’t mean vegetables that look like body parts, I mean cookbooks. And then we ended up having the most candid discussion about body hair – in all it’s . . . . nooks and crannies. It was quite the night.
Guys, I love playing host so much. If I had the money, I would just have get-togethers all the time. 3, 4, 5 times a week. I like to cook, I love to bake, I adore playing host. What I realized is that I really love to make people feel good, comfortable. I need to find a way to just do that for a living. I don’t mean catering. But I mean find a way to combine performing, baking, hosting. I will have to figure that out. It’s become clear to me that that is a big part of me as a performer. Yes, I am certainly an entertainer, but it’s more than that. I love to take people on a journey while making them feel at home. I think that is why the cabaret world interests me. I want to tell stories on my terms. I want to chose the journey, craft the journey, guide the journey. I want people to watch my work and be transported, inspired, refreshed. And by refreshed, I mean I want people to walk away from my work feeling lifted somehow, like they’ve been cleansed and they can now go on feeling lighter. I don’t just want to work. I know now I can get work if I want work. I want to be a part of great work, interesting work. I want to work with people who are better than me so I can learn and push myself.
If I’m honest, I’m not sure I will ultimately end up doing just stage shows. I don’t mean I’ll do film and TV. But I mean just plays and musicals. I really want to do concert work and cabarets. I want to start branching out. I’ve really enjoyed the cabaret work I’ve had the chance to start doing. I want to do more. But I want to really start doing it the way I want to be doing it.
As matter of fact, I’ve just had an idea. I can’t say where but I’ve had an open invitation to do a cabaret in a great space in Toronto that maybe I should take advantage of after my Shaw stint. Maybe I’ll do that. I want to put myself out there more. There is so much I want to try and experience. It’s a big world and art happens all over it.
Anyway, here I am, beginning a day off. Heading to the gym, then to get some groceries with the young Ali Momen – he’s enjoyable. And I’ll work on my stuff for A Little Night Music rehearsal tomorrow. It’s a beautiful day and it’s a beautiful life, my friends. Live it and love it.