Okay, here is the news. I won’t make you all wait. Now, all the “i”s are not dotted nor the “t”s crossed but it’s basically happening so I think I can tell you. I’m going to be playing Curtis (the Jamie Foxx part in the movie) in DREAMGIRLS at the Grand Theatre in London, ON in Apr/May. It’s been a strange, long journey to this part. I was offered the role in the first all-Canadian production that was done at Stage West Calgary last year and couldn’t do it because of a conflict. Then was offered the role again when Theatre Aquarius and Manitoba Theatre Centre did a co-production with the same director/choreographer and musical director. I went to the Shaw Festival instead. (I’m not telling tales out of school as all involved know I was offered it. I don’t want y’all thinking I’m a jerk for shocking the other two gentemen who ended up playing the part. That would be really shitty of me. “What, I wasn’t first choice? . . . Damn!”) Now the Grand is doing the show with same director/choreographer, the wonderful Tim French (though different musical director – I shall miss you Stephen Woodjetts) and bless him for still wanting my behind in his show. So this time, I was available and I said yes. Woohoo.
DREAMGIRLS is one of those shows that, as a Canadian performer of African descent (how politically correct was that? – for those of you who like it plainer like me, “as a black Canadian performer”) it’s rare to have the opportunity to do a show with that many black people on stage at the same time in a musical. Yes, there’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, which I enjoy but 5 crazy black folk does not a large musical make. So it’s going to be great to finally do the show after being taunted with it for so long and hear that music every night for 4 weeks. So if you’re around London in Apr/May, come and catch it. And even if you’re not around London, could be worth the trip. Or not, London is a little far.
Oh come on, it’s not too bad, find a friend with a car.
But none of my friends have cars.
Come on the train and see a matinee.
Ah, that’s great idea, then there’s no excuse.
Great see you there.