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New Project: Head Of The Class

At the start of summer I had a change in my work schedule, and found myself with my mornings mostly free.  I had decided that I would take it easier this summer (less working, less partying, more sleep), but I’ve also been thinking about all of the resources that I have around me.  I mean, I know so many talented people, I might as well learn something from them, right?

I really committed to this last year with what I jokingly called the Tracy Chapman Project (to be a black acoustic guitarist who sings emotional folk songs), but I’m amping it up with a new acting class and several dance classes.  Woohoo! I figure, guitar lessons have been going so well, why not use my free time productively instead of sitting around the house eating entire boxes of strawberry Newtons (yeah, it’s happened).

Me and my babies!

My acting class will focus on film acting, and will last for twelve weeks.  Hopefully I’ll stretch myself as an actor and learn more about myself.  Those will be my main goals for the class.  I’ll be posting here about my progress.

I was their age when I started dancing. I promptly quit. Then I came back. I wanted out too, kids.

For dance classes, I’m going to be focusing primarily on jazz and ballet (the two forms I started with as a wee babe).  I might be looking in to tap, but I seriously dislike doing it (LOVE watching it!), so that is doubtful at this point.  On the dance front, my focus will be improving my technique and flexibility.  I’d also like to get better at picking up choreography.  Before I moved to Orlando I was taking class weekly (and I was getting pretty good, too!), but I’ve been mad lazy. So, for the rest of the year I’m recommitted to ze dance.  BOOM! KACK!

You might be wondering why I’m doing this (let alone why I’m telling you).  It’s simple:  I found myself, after several years working as a performer, becoming stagnant.  I wasn’t really learning and growing as a performer.  True, I have been making connections and learning about the business, but the feeling of progress and feeling like I was constantly improving wasn’t there.  For someone like me that can lead to unhappiness pretty quickly.  I’ve gotta feel like I’m moving forward or I feel like I can’t breathe.  It’s easy to get complacent as an actor when you’re working, but that’s the last thing I ever wanted to do.  This is not a profession where you can ever rest on your laurels.

So, I’m making a change.   How about you?  How are you working towards your best self?  I know that sounds super self-helpy, but I mean it!  Let’s discuss in the comments below.  Have a great day, all! xx

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HAIR- A Peek Inside Opening Night!

2009 Broadway revival poster

Image via Wikipedia

As proof of my profound laziness and to introduce you to a good friend of mine, I’m linking to an awesome post about the recent Opening Night of HAIR on Broadway.  My good friend, Shaleah Adkisson, has been on tour with the production, which is making a pit-stop on Broadway for the summer.  Our good buddy, Alex, represented at Opening Night- and the fabulous party afterward. Ch-ch-check it out!

Musical Theatre Guy:

“Celebrating A Broadway Debut. . .”

Hope you’ve all had a great week! I’ll be back next week with fresh reviews, recommendations, and a new project! xx


The HAIR, The HAIR, Is Everywhere

Photo Credit: The Rock River Times

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (which you probably haven’t) you know that I have a deep love for the musical HAIR.  I grew up listening to many of the songs with my mom, and I fell in love with the New Cast Recording from 2009’s Broadway revival.  You can imagine my joy, then, when one of my dearest friends, Shaleah Adkisson, joined the 1st National Tour.  She’s been traveling the country for the last 9 months, but HAIR finally came to Orlando and I got to see Shaleah do her thing as a member of the Tribe.

It was such a wonderful week!  The roomies and I saw the show twice, and both times it was so powerful and such fun.  If you haven’t seen HAIR on stage, please do!  Be warned: people get butt naked in it.  For some reason, several people in the audience seemed not to know that, and were freaked out.  I feel like that is common knowledge, but whatevs.  So now you know.

"Duh DUNK!" Giving "Law & Order" intensity.

The best part about Shaleah being back in town is getting to take her to all of her favorite haunts.  Namely, Seito Sushi in Celebration.  I think we’ve spent hours there just talking, drinking plum wine, and gorging on their delicious sushi.  We might have single-handedly kept them in the black in 2008.

I’m definitely sad to see her go (boo!) but totes excited to celebrate her Broadway debut when the tour cast of HAIR goes to the Great White Way for 10 weeks this summer!  SQUEE!

Have any of you seen HAIR?  What did you think? A big Congratulations to Shaleah!  Click here for tickets to see HAIR on Broadway this summer. Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day! xx


Music Monday: SAXOPHONE!

The Big Man and The Boss

With the death of Clarence Clemons, the saxophone has been on my mind a lot this week.  The iconic E Street Band member (AKA “The Big Man”) suffered a stroke last week and passed away at the age of 69.

This is especially sad because I feel like the sax is having a moment in music right now.  Seems like every time I turn on my radio, there’s a pop song with an epic sax solo.  It’s taking me straight back to the ’80s.  Is anyone else noticing this?

Take Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video.  Aside from the general channeling of ’80s Madonna, there is this amazeboats saxophone solo that really brings it home.  Somebody bring me a street sprayer quick!  I need to recreate this video:

And, despite the many holes in the plot of this video (are they in the ’80s? If so, why are there laptops and DDR? If she got a makeover, why was she back in her nerd clothes?  Yes, I think about these things), Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF” video is a masterful homage to the ’80s.  Complete with a Kenny G cameo! Regard:

That video is real serious.  Last but not least, there is this prank featuring the sexy sax man, Sergio Flores which blew up this spring:

“He’s playing to a baby right now!”

So folks, tell me, is it just me? Is the saxophone everywhere this year?  RIP Clarence Clemons.  Make the most of your day, everyone! xx


Sister Act Comes to Broadway

Sister Act (musical)

The Whoopi Goldberg-produced musical. Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday’s episode of The View featured a performance by Patina Miller and the cast of “Sister Act the Musical.” This musical comedy is based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg.

In case you forgot, the plot centers around a wannabe Vegas nightclub star, Delores Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and has to enter the Witness Protection Program. The police stick her in a convent, where she soon shakes things up by taking over the struggling choir.

The show opened on  London’s West End in June 2009, and  closed in October of last year.  The show is expected to open at the Broadway Theatre on April 20th of this year, with previews starting March 24th.  Patina Miller will be reprising her role, which marks her Broadway debut (Woo hoo!).

Check out the cast of “Sister Act the Musical” as they work it on The View:

Thoughts???  I hope I can catch this show while it’s on Bway, but is it just me, or should they really have made Sister Act 2 the Musical?!  I would kill to see that ending number with all the kids.  Anyone?  Ah, well.  In any case, have a great day everyone!


Black Swan: A Little Bit Creepy, But Still Good (Probably)

I trust you’ve all seen this trailer for Black Swan?

This looks creepy as hell. But also fantastical, so I will be there on opening night, duh. There are three things I like about this movie already. First, Natalie Portman. I think that angels crafted her face. I could stare at her for two hours on screen no matter what she was doing. But the fact that this movie is about Ze Dance is amazeballs. Oh, that’s the second thing. Ballet movies are always fun because ballet is so hardcore. Oh, and ’cause watching the editors cut from the actors’ sloppy dancing to a trained dancer’s perfect form is fun times.

The buzz about town is that Natalie Portman will get an Oscar for this movie, so she’ll probably get one. I need to get my friends to band together and create buzz about how I’m gonna win an Oscar. Sheesh.

The third thing I like about it (which wasn’t really in the trailer) is Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed “Black Swan” and also has a small part. He is such a gorgeous dancer. Check out his choreography:

Swoon.  I can’t wait to see this movie on December 1st!


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