Haven’t Done This In Five Years…

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Dear Gentle Reader,

I never thought I would want to have a seat in this position again. The amount of detailed organization that was needed for a large cast show was sheer madness. ūüėú¬†For me. I am a non linear thinker as I have mentioned a few times here. I bounce back and forth on things in my head, on paper, in projects, when I speak, pretty much in every way. It took a lot out of me. ¬†I loved that show so much as it is one of my favorites of all times, which is why I wanted to try my hand at the director gig.

‚úāÔłŹCut to today…

ūüéľWe had orientation for Smokey Joe’s Cafe and we laughed a lot! Always a good sign. This is one of my top three favorite shows of all time. I had to do this. ¬†HAD TO!

I am ecstatic with the cast that we have.  They are all such fun personalities and strong vocalists. My gut tells me there is something so special about this cast and I am sure that every director thinks that about their own cast. Having been in LOTS of casts and many of them were GREAT but, I have only ever felt something like this one other time. That show was Pippin from a couple of years ago.

So, after all the introductions and a rendition of Happy Birthday to one of our Music Directors, Sarah, we took a short break for costume measurements then the cast and our Vocal Director, Jonathan, began working on the opening number “Neighborhood.” ūüé∂

When the 4 guys in the quartet started singing the opening notes in harmony, I got chills. CHILLS, I tells ya!! As we move further into the song and the ladies come in and we get the group harmonies… I was getting teary eyed and almost cried. There is something magical in this group, and I am looking forward to the rest of the rehearsals!

Oh Dear Reader, I fail to have the words to explain how lucky I feel at this moment and the joy that I had on the drive home.

Have you ever had a moment where you just couldn’t fully explain your emotions? How did you “vent?” Celebratory dance party? Scream of triumph? Quietly sit and enjoy tears of joy? Let me know, so I have a way to get this joy out!

Until next time, Kind Reader. ūüé∂

 

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Don’t You Remember Your Little Ti Moune?…

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LaChanze in The Color Purple.  Photo from Broadwayworld.com

Hello Gentle Reader,

Do you remember hearing your favorite vocalist for the first time? I remember the first time I ever heard the amazing voice of LaChanze.  Her voice was strong and clear as a bell. So much emotion behind it. And I fell in love with that voice. I mean, how could you NOT!?

The musical that introduced me to this stellar¬†vocalist was an incredible show written by Ahrens and Flaherty. ¬†This is the same team that brought other great shows like “Ragtime”, “Seussical”, “Lucky Stiff” and “Rocky: The Musical” ¬†and are currently on Broadway with “Anastasia.” ¬†The show that I am speaking of, Dear Reader, is none other than the wonderful and charming, “Once on This Island.”

A beautiful and uplifting story of “the power of love against the power of death” ¬†set in a mythical island where racial tensions run high between the different classes of people. LaChanze played the character Ti Moune, an orphan saved from a devastating storm by a couple who found her in a tree. As she grows, she longs for something more than her simple life in the village. “And the Gods heard her prayers.”

As I watched this year’s Tony Awards, I was wondering to myself why there hasn’t been a revival done of “Once on This Island” yet. Little did I know that there were people already working on this very thing!

After 27 years away, it will be returning to Broadway THIS FALL!!!!!! Gentle Reader, if I could grab your hands and jump up and down with you, I TOTALLY WOULD!!!  What is even more amazing is that there is an international open casting call for the role of Ti Moune!!  In Haiti, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Atlanta at the beginning of April, YOU have a chance to be the next Ti Moune.  Check out this link for all the deets!

If you have dreams of playing this role, I encourage you to go and audition.  And break some legs, if you do!!!

What is your favorite song from OoTI?  Mine is easy. Check it out! Still gives me the chills to hear her sing this song.  Are you excited for this revival? Let me know in the comments below!!

Until next time, Gentle Reader…