Thursday, November 12, 2009

A report from New York!

Hello, Austin Cabaret Theatre friends and fans!

I just returned from New York where I had the honor to MC the Rockette Alumnae Reunion! What a great time, and what great ladies. Austin Cabaret Theatre was very well represented and promoted at the event, which included alum chums Suzanne Moore, and Darlene Whittaker (whom I had not seen in roughly 20 years!!!). I also got to attend the tech rehearsal for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, in addition to Hosting the Alumnae Gala.
Speaking of alumnae, I got to catch up with some ACT guest artists:
Michael Holland and Karen Mack (Gashole!) returned triumphantly to the Duplex on Saturday Nov 7th with their all-request show. They took a leave of absence to participate in the new musical festival with the show that Michael is doing the music for, and Karen is producing, called Hurricane.
Also caught Kevin Spirtas in a new off-Broadway play called
Loaded. Very well done, well acted, directed and produced.
Got to do brunch with Paige Davis who is in rehearsals for a new production of
I Do, I Do! with her real-life husband Patrick Page. It will premiere in December at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
A couple cocktails were consumed with Natalie Douglas and her hubby Billy Joe Young, as well.
This was the night after Natalie knocked 'em out during Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, with a selection from her brand new Lena Horne tribute. Jim and Natalie chatted on stage about her recent return from Austin Cabaret Theatre, and pointed yours truly out--with Jim Caruso saying that ACT was a gem of a place to work!
A hi-light of the trip was seeing A Steady Rain, the limited Broadway run starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig. Talk about perfection in casting and ability, these men give a simultaneously warm yet chilling performance. One of the best pieces of theatre I've ever had the honor to attend.
Finally, don't forget that the Holidays are approaching...TICKETS MAKE A GREAT GIFT! Especially tickets for our superb benefit, JIM BAILEY is JUDY GARLAND LIVE!!!
Call my cell for info: 512-289-2287.


broadway baby said...

Thanks for the great NYC update! Sounds like you had a blast!
I am curious about your thoughts on Finian's Rainbow...I think you were going to see that as well???
Much love to you,
xxoo Tobi

PS I think Lena Horne spells her first name with an "e" not "i"

lawchanger said...

Sounds wonderful! You are an amazing man. I am so lucky to be your sister. xoxo...mika

Maria said...

Do I have to say it?? JEALOUS!! You got home before me! It sounds like you had an amazing time! You've always wanted to be a Rockette and I've always told you that your too tall! Glad you had your chance to shine with them! I agree with Mika! You are an amazing man and I am luck and proud to call you my friend.