Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Check out my new headshots and tell me what you think!
Happy Passover! Tonight, I am off to my Dad's house to have first seder with my Dad and Barb, Jon and Laura, and our family friend Glen. This years' seder will be SO different than last years. Last year I spent in Astoria, NY during my dark days..... but it was spent with my friends Jon Stewart, Colleen, and my cousin Sarah and her friend from San Francisco. The year before that, I spent with Jon Stewart and David Baida......we ate so much food and drank even more Kosher wine. Both of those seders were loud and full of laughter and stories. This year will be a little different at my Dad's. Tomorrow, I am spending second seder with my Mom and Joel. My good friend Jon Stewart is in town from NY but won't be able to make it to my Mom's......too bad. That would be a blast. And my boyfriend, Jon, can't make it to either of the seders because he's working. Drats. I think I'm going to go down to Oceanside this weekend though to spend Easter with his family. I love Easter at his parent's house. It's so much fun.
Rehearsal last night was awesome. I went to the studio early and crashed the warm up of my friend Marc's tap class. That was really cool. He is such a great teacher. I need to work on taking his class regularly. I was surprised how tight my ankles were. I guess that's what you get for not being in class for almost a year! At the rehearsal, we reviewed the Dancing in the Dark number that we did in Fascinatin Rythyms that we are doing for the benefit.....it was amazing that we all remembered the choreography. Muscle memory is pretty fascinating. It all sort of just came back to us. We also worked on One and Shit Ritchie from A Chorus Line because we are doing those as well. Shit Ritchie we are doing with the original guy, Ron Denis. In fact, a lot of original Chorus Line members are reuniting to do this benefit. I'm looking forward to that.
But seriously...... I need to be in class more. I need to work out more. I need to lose 5 pounds before the benefit. Diet starts today.
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Busy day at work today. Have a rehearsal tonight for the benefit. That should be exciting! Only two more hours of work! Passover tomorrow at my Dad's.... and then Passover on Thursday at my Mom's. It's going to be a busy week.
Monday, March 25, 2002
P.S. Milky White, the cow.....steals the show. Yes, it is a real person....Chad Kimball played the cow the night I saw it. He was absolutely hysterical... even joined in some of the silly choreography. Kind of sad when a cow is the highlight of a broadway bound show, right?
Ok, went to see Into the Woods Saturday night at the Ahmanson here in LA. It STUNK. Seriously.... I give it about a month on Broadway.... that's it. My friend Adam Wylie was really great in it. When he came out for Giants in the Sky, it was like a breath of fresh air. The choreography is amateur and boring. Vanessa Williams is not right for the role of the Witch at all. She cannot sustain long notes and flat tones everything which makes her sound very flat. Yes, she is beautiful....but she ain't Bernadette. The little girl who played Little Red was HORRIBLE. Now, I am not only saying that because I auditioned for the show in New York and am bitter. No, I am honestly saying....this girl could not sing. She was barely on pitch and had NO vibrato and no balls. Little Red is supposed to be a balls out kind of character. She was like Matzah Ball soup without the balls. Seriously, it just wasn't right. I was really hoping she would be amazing and I would think "wow, I'm so glad they cast a 14 year old because she was really awesome"......but I had the opposite reaction. I thought she was completely miscast.....as was Jack's mother who also could not sing. She was laughable. Not only could she not sing, but she also had no umph and seemed like she was calling in the entire show. She couldn't keep with Sondheim's rhythms and was hardly ever with the music. And the Narrator, who again, had no balls and could not sing, cracked a couple of times. The Narrator was like a George Carlin look alike. It was kind of funny. The Princes were moderately funny but also cracked a few times..... basically, the majority of the cast could not sing!
Now for the good parts...... Laura Benanati was wonderful. She sounded great as Cinderella and had a few good acting moments. The woman who played the Baker's wife was also a joy to watch and listen to.....although I can't recall her name. She tended to belt most of her stuff rather than mix it. It was an interesting choice and most of the time, seemed to work out ok. The Baker, Stephen de Rosa had an ok voice. He tended to play one level though the entire show......that level was loud and angry. His character never went from the light and easy state to the frustrated and scared state and then to the angry state. He just got angry. Like, when his wife shows up in the woods and wants to help, he just immediately got loud and pointed his finger at her like she was a child. Didn't really agree with that choice.
The staging and direction was mediocre. The added song for Rapunzel was SO LAME. The lyrics were something like "brushing my hair and combing my hair and braiding my hair and loving my hair". Seriously.... I was in hysterics. I'm not quite sure what Sondheim was thinking. The play is already 3 hours long. I'm not sure why he needed to add another song. All in all, I thought the production of Into the Woods that I saw at La Mirada Civic Light Opera 6 years ago was better than this one! Yes, that is harsh....but I was honestly really disappointed. My favorite part of the evening was seeing Danny DeVito and his wife Rita back stage and catching up with Adam in his dressing room till midnight....talking about the old days when we used to hang out at his house!
Thursday, March 21, 2002
I posted yesterday...... but Blogger ate it. Grrrr...... will post later.
Saturday, March 16, 2002
Where the H-E-L-L are all of my archives? I am soooooo not happy about this. Anyone else having the same problems?
Thursday, March 14, 2002
GOOD NEWS TODAY...... I got the Platinum team job! Yahoo! I am so excited. I start training next Monday, the 25th. Today ROCKS..... *smile*
Happy Birthday, Danny! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Aunt Ann, Grandma's last living sister, is now in the hospital. She had a large stroke three days ago...... a bleed in her brain. It doesn't sound good. She is in and out of consciousness, has slurred speach, and is partially parylyzed. It's really scary. Anyone else sick in the family? Shoot...... I hope Grandma is doing ok with it all. My dad says that even though Gram is home from the hospital, she is still dizzy. *sigh* Positive vibes would be gratefully appreciated.
The interview went really well. I think I answered all of her questions efficiently. I don't want to jinx anything but......well, we'll see. I should know something by next week. I have a good feeling about it all though!
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Update....interview has been moved to 5:00 now......*sigh*. Thank goodness I brought my make-up bag. Ok.....off to get some lunch.
I have an interview today for the Platinum team here at work. It's the team that works for the advertisers that spend at least $5000 a month. It's a step up in the company, which would be really cool. So, here I am ...... listening to "I hope I get it" from Chorus Line. Appropriate, huh? My interview is at 12:00. I'll keep you posted..... wish me luck!
Monday, March 11, 2002
Ok, couldn't find time to write last night. I got home and dinner was made (thank you, Erin) and then I took a long shower to unwind from my long week. I wasn't going to watch the 9/11 Special because I thought it would be too painful......but, there was still part of me that really wanted to see it. I ended up watching it and I am glad I did. Yes, it was difficult.....yes, I was scanning all the people to see if I recognized any of them as friends or co-workers from Merill Lynch......yes, I wept. But overall, I'm glad I saw it. It's so amazing that they were filming a documentary about this young firefighter and suddenly it turned into a documentary of what went on in the lobby of the World Trade Center. Talk about people being in the right place at the right time......and everything happening for a reason. Man.....I'm surprised I slept so well. I thought I'd be having nightmares all night.
Today.....Happy birthday, Ryan! Ryan is one of my bestest friends from college. He is an amazingly talented person and an extraordinary friend. GO listen to his music! He is going to be a huge star someday soon. Tonight, I am meeting him and his family for dinner at some fancy shmancy restaurant in Sherman Oaks. That should be fun.
Right now..... I'm at work....yawning.....trying to stay focused. I just don't feel like being here. Mondays suck. They are usually really busy. I came in early this morning so I don't have to get on the phones until 8:00.
The exciting news is ..... I've been asked to do a benefit for a performing arts school in Van Nuys. The cool part is a bunch of amazing people will be participating. Scott Bakula, (from Quantum Leap, remember that show?), and Randy Graff ( a big broadway name)......to name a few. I am going to be singing some 4 part harmony opening number and doing this dance number from that show I did when I got back from New York, Fascinatin Rhythms. It was one of the best dance numbers that we all choreographed together. I'm really excited about getting together with my old cast members. They are all really great people and I've missed being in touch with them. I will find out more information this week about who wrote the music and who else is doing it. The show is going to be April 13, a Saturday night. I'm really stoked about performing again....it's been a while....and I've totally been feeling the creative energy building up. AND, hopefully I'll have new headshots to give out!
Sunday, March 10, 2002
My headshots came out so well. I'm really happy with them. I'm trying to figure out how much it will be to get 8 x 10's done. Ok, I have so much to write about but I'm at work. So...... I will try to find some time tonight to fill y'all in....
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Grandma is home from the hospital now. They found an arithmia in her heart. The good news is they put her on some medications. So, let's pray that that will take care of the problem. Still, it's pretty scary.
I'm having a shitty day. Didn't sleep most of the night.....have a bunch on my mind. I'm sure it will all work itself out..... sometimes life is so confusing.
Sunday, March 03, 2002
Grandma isn't doing well.....she's in the hospital. Please think good thoughts.....
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Saturday, March 02, 2002
Anybody know where my archives are? They stop at September of 2001.....I've already re-published them but they aren't showing up? Can anyone help?
Just got back from getting new headshots! So cool. My best friend from 1st grade, Erin, did my make-up. She is amazing....worked for MAC for a long time. She made me look so good. THANK YOU, ERIN!! My friend at work, Danny....his girlfriend is a photographer and is looking to expand her portfolio. I mentioned that I needed new headshots since mine are like 4 years old. She said she would shoot me for FREE as long as she can use my shots in her portfolio. Rock on! So, I met them today down in Venice. She chose some really cool spots....good outfits....I don't know. We'll see. I'm hoping some of the shots came out well.
Thursday night and Friday I spent with Jon.....hanging out in LA. We rented Memento and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Both movies were amazing....in totally different ways of course. I really enjoyed Memento.... couldn't stop thinking about it actually. And Jay and Silent Bob made me pee in my pants...it was so frickin funny.
Tonight, I was going to try to meet up with my friend Eli but he's got other plans. I just made Mac-N-Cheese with green peas...yum....and I think I'm just going to chill out tonight. Maybe take a bath and watch a DVD. That sounds pretty good, since I have to work tomorrow. Blah. It was nice to have two days off though!