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April 9, 2008:

BROKEN RECORD

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Well, dear readers, I hate to sound like a broken record, but… but… but… See? I do sound like a fershluganah broking record. Has anyone noticed that we just had three buts? That is a lot of buts for this early in the notes, don’t you think? Where was I? Oh, yes, I hate to sound like a broken record, but once again it is late and I am tired and I must write these here notes so I can have a few minutes to unwind before hitting the road to dreamland. So, without further ado – the notes. Actually, I think we need some further ado, don’t you? We haven’t had nearly enough ado, in my humble opinion. Speaking of my humble opinion, yesterday was a very nice day. I awoke to about 150 more e-mails than I had before going to bed, so that was very nice, since most of those were orders. I began printing them out, slowly but surely, but it’s very slow going and ultimately I ran out of printer ink and must purchase some this morning so I can continue to print out. I also have to order at least 1000 cardboard shippers, which seems to be the cheapest way to package these. Staples charges so much for those padded envelopes, and the cardboard boxes are sturdier anyway. I attended to some other business, paid for the booklet printing, and picked up a package. It was then time to leave, but I found out there was a horrible accident on our usual nice route, so we had a little more traffic than we’ve had in the last week. We ate at the Claim Jumper again – we really like that jernt. This time I had a bowl of clam chowder and the one-quarter roast chicken, which was very good. I didn’t eat a lot of the chicken, but the best food o’ the meal was the baked sweet potato, which was faboo tasting. We had a very fun initials game on the way down and at dinner. Then we toddled off to rehearsal.

Last night, we had a rehearsal. We reviewed some choreography to warm up, then began at the beginning and ran the whole show. We shaved about six minutes off the first act from what it’s been running, so that’s good – we still have to get another five or six off. The stuff that was sharp played great, and the stuff that wasn’t didn’t, but this is really only the second or third time we’ve really run the whole show and it was the first time we’ve run it with the choreography. Lines are getting more solid, and people are coming up with interesting stuff, and that’s the most fun thing to watch. We still have a lot of work to be done but this cast is really hard working and a joy to work with. After rehearsal, I came home to another forty e-mails, most of them orders. And then I sat down to write these here notes whilst listening to a few Bill Evans CD imports from Japan.

Well, I hate so sound like a broken record, but why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because… because… because… Quick Watson, the Button.

Today I have to buy printer ink, order cardboard shippers, do errands, and print as many orders out as I possibly can. And then, of course, it’s another rehearsal. We’ll be missing two of our leads, so I’ll just start at the top of the show and run everything I possibly can and clean stuff up.

Tomorrow is our designer run-through and Friday is our day off. And from that point on, we’re in serious run-through land. And that I’m very much looking forward to.

Do I sound like a broken record? I believe I do. I just had another big order, this from the Sondheim Society in the UK, taking 100 copies.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, buy printer ink, order cardboard shippers, do errands, print out orders, and hopefully pick up a package or three. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we? Do I sound like a… a… a… broken record?

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