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November 18, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry because I got all of two hours of sleep and I am not firing on all cylinders at this moment. It was a crazy long day, yesterday was, with no rest for the weary.  After two hours of sleep I got up around five o’clock.  The old brain was being hyperactive as I thought about the book idea I’ve been pondering and what exactly that book would be and would it be interesting to anyone in the long run?    I was unable to fall back asleep so just did stuff on the computer until she of the Evil Eye arrived.  I went and had bacon and eggs and toast, oh my, and then went to the mail place where, astonishingly, the pension check had not arrived, this after telling me it was mailed on the fourteenth.  So, that was quite upsetting and it’s about to cause huge trouble that I don’t need right now. Damn them, damn them all to hell.

Before I continue, I forgot to mention that I was told the Kritzerland eighth anniversary show has been nominated for a Broadway World award – we’ve been up for several and never win because the winner is he/she who can pimp out the most friends to vote.  Yes, a popularity contest, and yet, all over the Facebook people are saying how honored they are to be up for a popularity contest.  In any case, that’s the game and in the truly irritating department, one of the shows that has ripped us off wholesale is also up and that person has been begging everyone they know to PLEASE vote for them.  So, we have a ton of lurker dear readers here, so let’s see if we can get some traction really quickly – so if you have a moment, please vote for us – our category is Special Theatre Event.  Here is a link to the home page – just click on “Vote” and when you see the list of categories, Special Theatre Event is the final one listed. Vote, have your friends vote, have your friends friends vote and let’s get some damn traction going on and soon.


Then I moseyed on over to my engineer’s house in West LA and we began finessing his mixes, which sounded very good already.  He’d done all the vocals himself, but I swapped out a few lines and words as I hear them, and of course we futzed and finessed each song until I was happy with it. While we moved quickly, there simply wasn’t enough time because I had to get to the theater by seven to run a couple of sound things. So, we still have about six things left and I’ll be heading back there after today’s matinee to finish up.

After that, I went directly to the theater and got there right about seven. I ran a couple of things with our sound guy, which was helpful.  Then people began arriving for the show.  I think there were sixty-five or seventy on the books and I do believe almost all arrived, so it was a very full-looking house. The show began right on time.

And true to form, our second audience, after the raucous opening night crowd, was mostly very quiet.  All the songs got very nice reaction and applause, and as I looked around everyone seemed to be engaged – engaged but almost completely silent.  At some point, they finally began laughing because the cast wouldn’t let their energy or focus down.  And our surefire showstopper did indeed stop the show.  From that point on, the audience realized it could be vocal and for such a quiet audience for most of the show, the reaction to the eleven o’clock number was huge, and the curtain call got tremendous applause and even shouting.  I think only one person flubbed lyrics and I’m finding it really tiresome.  Sometimes I say something, sometimes I don’t, depending on how effective I think it will be.  I hung out for a while but could barely keep my eyes open.  I stopped at the Subway, as I hadn’t eaten since nine-thirty, and I got a foot-long spicy Eyetalian.

I came home, ate it all up, and then finally caught up on e-mails and whatnot. Don’t forget to vote.

Today, I’ll sleep at least until eleven, then I’ll get up, do stuff, see our matinee, then maybe grab a very quick bite, after which I’ll go finish mixing the CD, which shouldn’t really take more than ninety minutes.  Then I’ll come home and relax.

Tomorrow we have our first staging rehearsal for the musical revue, from twelve to four.  Otherwise, I’m just choosing the remainder of the Kritzerland songs and getting the last of the music to folks.  I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then relax.  The rest of the week is staging rehearsals, meetings and meals, and then Thanksgiving.  I have no plans and have been asked nowhere, which is perfectly fine by the likes of me. We don’t play on Friday, but do play an extra matinee on Saturday so as not to lose a performance, the we play Saturday evening and Sunday matinee.  I’m not at all certain I’ll see all the performances.  We shall see what we shall see.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must for example, sleep in, see our matinee, finish mixing the cast album, eat, and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have gotten through a good deal of the mix and happy to have had a silent but very appreciative audience.  Oh, and please do vote.  We need traction, baby, traction.  I think if 10,000 of my nearest and dearest would take part in the voting we’d do very well indeed.

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