This is overdue folks but it’s been a crazy week. Sooooooo last monday (a week ago today) I did the third and final installment of SONDHEIM IN SEPTEMBER, the gala three night benefit for The Actors Fund of Canada. It was amazing. For the last night (my night) a choir of about 30+ people plus about 8 or 9 soloists performing selections from Sondheim’s last 5 published shows – MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, INTO THE WOODS, ASSASSINS, and PASSION. It was quite a night. Elicia MacKenzie and Warren Kimmel did beautiful versions of Sunday In The Park with George (Elicia), Move On (Elicia/Warren) and Finishing the Hat (Warren). Patricia Zentilli and Erica Peck did a cool duet of Not a Day Goes By (Patricia) and Good Thing Going (Erica), Jay Davis and Evan Builing gave some great drama in a scene from Assassins, and Charlotte Moore gave us some breath-taking beauty on I Read from PASSION.
I sang Putting It Together from SUNDAY . .. My God, so many words. SO MANY WORDS!! It’s 28 pages of music – What!!!! But it went well. I got through it and managed to tell a story. People seemed to enjoy it. Whew. That was in the first half. Then I sang Last Midnight in the second half. It’s a song I love so much. It’s from INTO THE WOODS. Such a great number. I think I scared the living daylights out of the audience. It’s big. It went well except . . . there is a weird key change in the middle. It sort of happens in the air. (ie, there is not music under it until you vocally change the key). I’ve never had a problem with it before but I’ve always been aware that if you lose focus at that point, it would be easy to lose the thread of it. And I got it in every rehearsal. So come the night, come that point, and for the split second before I got there, I thought “wouldn’t that be gross if I lost the thread tonight” . . . . well, . . . . since I was busy thinking that thought at the moment I should have been singing through the key change, I totally screwed the key change. AAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh
On top of that, the music of the accompaniment is such that you the notes could be several possibilities that would all be harmonic . . . yet wrong. So I had to start speak/singing the lines trying to find a musical thread. Luckily as we came to the end of that phrase going into the next section, my ear caught it and I managed to find it for the last held note of that phrase. But HOLY-FLOP-SWEAT, BATMAN!!!! In the end, I brought it home but the song got particularly intense after that. It still went over alright though, I think. I hope. It’s all very humbling, people.
Now in other news. I managed to get to Stratford on Tuesday and Wednesday. I saw A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and WEST SIDE STORY. All really enjoyable. Standouts being WEST SIDE and EARNEST. Go support theatre, people. Woohoo!!