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April 6, 2017:

SEEING THE SET

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Well, dear readers, you want more videos, we got more videos. And more to come in tomorrow’s notes, too. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, or even afoot of ourselves, no let’s be in the here and now, or, at the very least, the now and here. To begin, here’s Jennifer Foster, whose first Kritzerland show this was, singing the beautiful My Own Morning from Hallelujah, Baby.

Next up, here’s Robert Yacko singing a song from Carmelina by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner – One More Walk Around the Garden – it’s a beauty.

Now we have Will Collyer singing Santa Fe from Newsies, the movie version by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. I’ve always loved this song and Will does a grand job of it.

Here’s John Boswell doing his “instant medley” bit, wherein people in the audience call out songs (show songs usually), John writes them down, and then instantly creates a medley out of nothing, with no music.

Finally for today we have Nick Tubbs singing One Song, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, the closing number to our show.

Tomorrow we’ll have Nick’s other two numbers, and another one by Jen Foster.

Yesterday was, I believe, a perfectly okay day. I got about seven hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails and got ready for my eleven o’clock meeting with my set designer. He brought over a model and I was instantly fine with it. If we do a real production, aspects of the set will be able to move and turn, something that will work very well, but for this iteration what he came up with is just right – I asked for simple and effective, with a large playing space and that’s exactly what I got. It’s going to work splendidly, thus I was VERY happy.

After that, the helper came by and got all the Two for the Road invoices to prepare for all that shipping tomorrow, and there’s a lot to ship. Then I made myself two tuna sandwiches on little teeny-weeny hamburger buns (130 calories per) and ate it all up – it was very tasty. I also had some of my beloved cherry chip ice cream, of course. Then I did some work on the computer, had telephonic calls, listened to music, and continue the search for our May cast and guest star – I’m waiting to hear on one gal and one guest star and I’m hoping both can do it – we shall see. I can’t really remember what else occupied the day but I know I didn’t stop doing stuff until about six, at which point I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first thirty minutes of a new French Blu and Ray of The Crucible. Yes, there was a French film version of the Arthur Miller play, made in 1957 starring Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. They’d done the play in France and this is basically the movie version of that production – the screenplay is by Jean Paul Sartre of all people. I’ve seen it once before and quite liked it and I’m enjoying it now and will have more to say when I’ve finished it.

I then watched a motion picture entitled Quiz Show on the Flix of Net. I hadn’t seen it since it came out and was interested to see it again. It’s a bit long for its own good, but it’s well written and has mostly wonderful and interesting performances and I’m fascinated by the subject matter and, of course, the period. Ralph Fiennes is excellent, and David Paymer gives yet another great performance. For me the only weak acting link is Rob Morrow – he’s never been a favorite, just something about the way he talks, which I find not interesting, and he has no energy at all. It’s fun seeing a few directors become actors – Martin Scorsese and Barry Levinson to name two. The period detail is pretty good and Robert Redford’s direction is competent. But it just needed to be tighter and it’s funny to me that every film I see that’s edited by the fellow who did Quiz Show I feel the same way – he’s probably my least favorite editor.

After that, I listened to more music, put some more CDs into iTunes for breaking in the new speakers, took a shower and that was that.

Today, I have lots of little things I need to do, I’ll eat (may go out – I never left the house yesterday), hopefully pick up packages, then I have to choose sides for the musical and for Dial ‘M’ for Murder, so that will occupy a good portion of the day.

Tomorrow we ship Two for the Road, Saturday night I think I’m seeing a nightclub show, and Sunday will hopefully be a day of rest.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, attend to things, continue casting, eat, hopefully pick up packages, choose sides, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films that take place in the 1950s that weren’t actually made in the 1950s? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, so happy with the set for the new musical.

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