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April 8, 2008:

EVENING PRIMROSE

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Well, dear readers, it is late and I am tired but I am not giving these here notes short shrift or, for that matter, long shrift. I’m not giving these here notes any kind of shrift because there is much to tell and I shall tell it, oh, yes, I shall tell it. So, for those who did not see yesterday’s postings, the major news was the official announcement of the latest Kritzerland release – a new, limited edition CD of the original television soundtrack recording to Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose, starring Anthony Perkins and Charmian Carr. The CD is limited to only 3000 copies and if preorders in the first six hours since we put the word out are any indication, it looks like this could be a sellout – at least that is our hope. For a look at the cover, to hear sound clips, and to read more about it and to purchase, just visit www.kritzerland.com. We are very excited to be releasing what is surely a holy grail for Sondheim collectors and would recommend everyone get their orders in as soon as possible. Speaking of Sondheim collectors, yesterday was quite a lovely day. I awoke to an e-mail that made me very happy. I then did some work on the computer, did our press release, and waited for Evening Primrose to go live on the Kritzerland site. I did some errands and whatnot, got everything to the pressing plant, and then it was time to be on my way to the Heim of Ana, first for a meal, then for the final choreography session. I will also mention that the idea of doing the initials game as yesterday’s topic was so much fun that we’re going to make it our official Monday topic, because it’s a great way to start the week. Congratulations to everyone who participated and came up with great names.

Once again, we dined at the Claim Jumper in Orange. This time I decided not to be a glutton, and I only had a bowl of the most delicious clam chowder ever, along with an appetizer-sized wedge salad with bleu cheese crumbles, tomato, onion, and ranch dressing. The former came with a side of garlic cheese bread, but I only had a small bite of that. We also ordered a half order of onion rings – I ate about a quarter of the half. But I got so full I couldn’t even eat more than half the salad wedge. The food was very yummilicious. We then toddled off to the Chance Theater, where we had a very good review night of all the choreographed sequences. The cast remembered a lot of the stuff, and Adam did a lot of drilling. We have a very conscientious dance captain and I know he’ll do a great job in keeping everybody on their toes, so to speak.

After that, I came home and sat at my computer like so much fish. It was so much fun to come home to 150 e-mails’ worth of orders (many people ordering multiple copies – one fellow who does private mail order took 130 of ’em). When I get up this morning I’ll begin the task of printing them out. I already know we’re hiring two people to come in for two days to get everything addressed and ready for the CDs, and then they’ll do all the postage online and I’m hoping the USPS will come and pick them up.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because it is late and I must get my beauty sleep.

My breakfast with Miss Alet Taylor got cancelled, so I’ll just be working at the piano and the computer, getting out more press releases, spreading the word, and then going to a rehearsal. Tonight, two of our cast members are gone, so I’m not sure what we’ll be doing, although I’d sure like to have a run-through of some sort. We have the same problem on Wednesday, when one of our leading players will be missing. Then, on Thursday we have our designer run, but I’m sure it will be very rough going because we haven’t had a run-through since last week and having to assimilate all this choreography has been the major focus.

Have I mentioned how excited we are to be releasing what is one of my all-time favorite Stephen Sondheim scores? What’s just as wonderful as the songs is his background score, which I think everyone will enjoy. And Mr. Perkins is just charming, as is Miss Carr. The sound is very good, too, as you’ll hear in the clips. And I have to give a special call out to my designer Doug Haverty’s cover design, which is perfection.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, work at the piano and the computer, do errands, and other things, as well. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your all-time favorite Sondheim songs. I know we’ve done it, but it’s such an appropriate topic. Also, what was the first Sondheim song you ever heard, where did you hear it, who was the performer – and what was your first Sondheim cast album, and your first Sondheim show live? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all place our orders for Evening Primrose.

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