Just want to leave a little love to Lloyd front and centre for opening tonight. There has been a large outpouring of love and condolences for Lloyd on line – e-mails, Facebook. It’s pretty beautiful. He touched a lot of people. He was funny, quirky, demanding, odd, joyful, open, and infinitely entertaining. I only knew him at the end of his incredible life but I will certainly never forget him. He was around in the early days of theatre in Canada and as an actor, dancer, musician, musical director, mentor and teacher, he influenced many young theatre professionals.
In THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, the Man-in-Chair is this sweet everyman who loves/lives for musicals and their history. He knows all the actors, their backgrounds, the shows, how they came to be, all of the trivia. Our director, Max Reimer’s vision was that at the end of the show, the Man-in-Chair dies and that’s how he is able to truly join the company in the final number. It is always a bittersweet element that the audience wouldn’t necessarily get but added a dimension for us as actors. Lloyd really was the Man-in-Chair. He knew every show, who was in it, what songs had been cut, etc. and so as we send our Man off on his final plane ride tonight, that last beautiful chord will be singing Lloyd’s name.
Bon Voyage, Lloyd. Tonight is for you.