LONG TIME SINCE LAST POST

Hey kids.  Sorry it’s been so long. It’s weird, nothing is really happening but everything is happening.  Been busy in this time off seeing friends, working on an idea for a cabaret, I taught a class for young performers for this new Masterclass series started by Paul Aikins, and I’ve been seeing shows.

I saw the pantomime ROBIN HOOD at the Elgin.  So sweet to see kids have such a good time in the theatre.   Jeff Irving is a very sweet Robin, Eva Avila has in incredible voice and Dan Chameroy literally walks away with the show in the role of the obligatory “dame”, playing Maid Marian’s Nurse. Really funny.

I also saw ORSON’S SHADOW.  An odd but really interesting play about a real event.  It’s 1960 and theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan, convinces his dear friend, Orson Welles to direct Laurence Olivier in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros.    My buddy Steve Ross played Orson Welles and was so great.  Really great sense of the great man while making smart, human, complicated choices.  I adore him.

Bizarre and surprising thing.  I realized about a week ago that I’m pretty sure I broke one of my toes about 7 weeks ago.    hahahha Seriously.  It was the day I got back from Edmonton. I had laid one of my suitcases down just inside my bedroom door and gone to grab some food and chat with my roomie.  A couple of hours later, I walked into the room without the light on but the hall light on.  The shadow of my door perfectly hid the suitcase as I walked in . . . . can you feel where I’m going with this???  I practically emptied my bowels.  The toe next to the baby toe on my right foot.  The pain was intense but I thought it was just a normal – albeit painful – toe snub.  But it really, really hurt.  Well it stills hurts – slightly.   But it’s been seven weeks and it was sore like it had just happened for about 4 – 5 weeks afterwards.  I’m pretty sure I actually broke it.    Cool.  It hasn’t been a real discomfort except for walking for the first week.  And then to be touched – Yowch!!

Aside from that, not much is happening.  I’m seeing an interesting sounding play called The Madonna Painter tomorrow.  I’m singing for World AIDS Day on Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan United Church at Queen and Church.  It should be a cool night.  From 7 – 8:15.

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Then I leave a week tomorrow (Sunday) for Winnipeg to start rehearsals for The Drowsy Chaperone.  I’m looking forward to re-inventing Aldolpho again.  We’ll see.

Published in: on November 29, 2009 at 7:22 am  Leave a Comment  

HAROLD GREEN JEWISH THEATRE

So, about 3-4 months ago,  I was asked by my friend, Avery Saltman, to perform at his big fundraiser for his new theatre – Harold Green Jewish Theatre.  Well, of course I said yes, and it was tonight.  Soooooo amazing.  It’s always such a thrill to see these amazing people perform music they love to sing.  And the line-up was amazing:  Brent Carver, Sharron Matthews, Elicia MacKenzie (Maria – Sound Of Music), Theresa Tova, Paula Wolfson, the Jersey Boys, Lisa Horner.  It was amazing.  And everyone was really bringing their A-game.  The house was packed and they were a wonderful audience.  So warm and friendly.

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a little unsure of myself lately.  Like maybe I don’t really have the stuff.  Maybe I’m just kidding myself.  I sang “Infinite Joy” from the musical ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE.  I love this song.  I started the first note and realized I had started too high  . . . . . aaahhhhhh.  Now remember this all happened in a split second: I corrected it instantly and thought to myself – “pull that shit together right now.  You have not come here to ruin this song.  Tell your story and make it mean something – the voice will follow.”  So I became instantly relaxed and totally focussed.  It was a really great time.  I was taking the audience on a journey through the song and it felt like I wasn’t doing anything.  I hit a zone.  The audience was really generous ( I may have won them over by telling them I was the Sammy Davis Jr. representative for the night).  But it did do some good for my soul.

So odd, it doesn’t matter how much you do, you always have those doubts about your validity or talent.  Every once in a while, you wonder if you’re just faking it.   But I love telling people stories in song.  I hope I get to do more.

Oh and also, watch for an upcoming announcement – well couple of announcements.  Woohoo.

 

 

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 5:49 am  Leave a Comment  

MISH MASH OF THINGS

So Drowsy Chaperone ended.  Our last week was sold out with great audiences.  It was a great run and I will miss that cast desperately . . . . okay not desperately, I do have a life but certainly a great deal.

And then I came back to have my birthday.  Woohoo.  Nov. 2, y’all.  It was a great day.  I did a really fun phone interview in the morning, then had lunch with my dear buddy/singing teacher, Peggy Redmond.  Love that dame.  Then I did some singing with one of my favourite people, Wayne Gwillim.  And then my hearts George Masswohl and Sharron Matthews hosted a party for me with a bunch of my close peeps.  It was great.  Junk food and wine and laughter and love.  That’s the really good stuff, people.  Had a great day.  And on top of that, I got over 300 birthday wishes on Facebook.  Good for the heart, not good for the blackberry.  Good God, my thumbs went numb trying to keep up with the reading and erasing.    But what sweet numbness.

Now I’m back in Toronto trying to get myself back together and see friends and get to the gym and learn some new material.  I want to do a few cabarets in the next several months.  Nothing before I go to Winnipeg but in Feb. or Mar., I’d like to do one or possibly two.  We’ll see.

Life is good right now.  Serously.  It’s nice to have  break.  I’m going to enjoy it.  I’ve been so lazy the last week or so (and by week, I mean 2 weeks . . . and 2 weeks, I mean 2 1/2 weeks).  I’m giving myself the weekend to pull it together.  Whew.

S’all for now.

Published in: on November 7, 2009 at 2:55 am  Leave a Comment