Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't worry. There are no pirates.

Rehearsal is approaching and we just recently held another round of auditions to cast a few more men. In the first round, we didn't find someone that everyone agreed on to play Underling, the butler. Also, both of our ensemble men turned down their offer. In addition to the principals, there are 2 male and 2 female ensemble roles as well as 1 male and 1 female swing. Fortunately, we have finished casting these roles and also found some new people for "the file". Just in case.
Only two more weeks until we start play practice. In the meantime, I definitely have my work cut out for me. Our tour will be using 8 musicians, which means that the orchestration from the 1st National Tour has to be reduced. The music supervisor and I have split the show in half and must now re-orchestrate the entire show from 15 players down to 8. My eyes are already burning as if I've been staring at my laptop for the last five years, pun intended. At least there isn't much else to do in Williamstown, PA where I can see the snow flurries outside the window. 
Our band will consist of:
2 Trumpets
1 Trombone
3 Reed players (Flute, Clarinets, Saxes)
Keyboard/Conductor (yours truly)
I'm sure that updates will be coming more frequently in the next few weeks. 

Monday, October 13, 2008

My mother was like that...

"I mean basically she sings a rousing anthem about alcoholism."-Man in Chair

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Now, let's visualize...

Here's the link for our new tour website. It's not complete yet, but it does have an abbreviated schedule and some basic info about the show.

In the meantime, you can persue the website for the current 1st National Tour that is closing shortly.

Keep checking back for updates!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A pu-pu platter of tunes...

Well, here we go again. I'm going to try and restart this blog for the next set of adventures on the road. On December 1st, I will officially start rehearsals for the National Tour of "The Drowsy Chaperone". This time, I will be going out as the Music Director and Conductor. We will tech the show in St. Charles, MO during the week over New Year's and we officially open in West Palm Beach, FL on Jan. 6. It's a pretty short tour, closing on June 14 in Oklahoma City, however I'm sure there won't be a shortage of stories. And as much as I'd like to think I'm going to behave a bit more on this tour than I did on Producers, I will also include the Bar Watch feature. Matty, you're welcome. Entries might be slow coming right now until things start to happen, but keep checking in and maybe you'll find a Toledo Surprise.

The Original Broadway Cast, featuring Bob Martin and Sutton Foster, perform "Show Off" at the 2006 Tony Awards.