Okay, y’all. It happened. We did the evening with William Finn at Canstage last night. For those of you who don’t know him. He is the Tony award winning composer of the broadway musicals Falsettos, Elegies, A New Brain, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He’s a fascinating man. Very no nonsense and seemingly crusty on the outside but he is a man who cares a great deal about musicals and people and artists. But I have to say, I haven’t been that nervous singing for a long time. It didn’t destroy me or anything but I was soooooooooooooo self-conscious. But at the same time, it was thrilling to share his music with people. And he had such great stories. The one that really floored me was when he told the story of how his mother was dying of cancer around the time he was opening . . . hmmm either Spelling Be or A New Brain, I forget now. Anyway, she euthanized herself with her morphine around his opening so the family would all have to be in town for her funeral anyway . . . then they could be there for his show. Whaaaat???!!!! Apparently she was quite a woman. But that is intense. Anyway, he seemed to enjoy himself. He said some really nice things about the evening and it was a sold out crowd which really was great for him to see. He got a standing ovation at the end of the night.
I was freakin’ exhausted by the end of the night. But sooo glad I did it.