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February 17, 2020:

TALKBACK AND PIZZA

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish listening to the decidedly odd music of Slim Gaillard – while I’ve heard the name I had no idea what the music was like.  And after hearing this CD I still have no idea what the music is.  It’s a little bit jazz, a little bit quirky comedy, and a lot just plain odd.  Not something I ever need to hear again, but I always enjoy a new adventure.  So, I feel these here notes will be a little bit jazz, a little bit quirky comedy, and a lot just plain odd.

Yesterday, I got eight hours of sleep, then I entered the rest of the fixes, opting to get to the theater for act two.  Then I sent the book back to the proofer whose fixes I was entering, just for a final look-see, and to check out the light punctuation we’ve added to the lyrics.  Then I shaved and showered and moseyed on over to the theater.  I got there in time for intermission, then watched act two.  It was a nice-size crowd and they seemed to enjoy the show.

Then we did about a twenty-minute talkback.  I said almost nothing, just listened to the questions and answers.  After that, I found out that only one cast member was coming to Dino’s, so we went over there, and were joined by Doug and his ever-lovin’ Dorathy.  I got two large pizzas – one plain, one pepperoni, and a salad we could all share.  Pizza was fantastic and a good time was had by all.

Then I stopped at my nearby Rite-Aid and got some ice cream and Poppycock and Cheetos, just for nibbling.  I came home and nibbled a bit, whilst listening to music.  I had a long and interesting telephonic call with someone who’d contacted me on Facebook.  Then it was more music listening, including the cast album for Applause.  Fascinating album and rather horribly produced. The score is very infectious, at times excellent, and at times simply baffling.  But, I listen, and start to figure out what I’m going to do with the show, production-wise.  Oh, I know the look I want – I knew that the minute I said yes to directing it.  And the sound, as well.  Casting is going to be everything, especially Margo Channing.  We’ll be doing two workshops shortly, so I can hear the voices I’ll ultimately have to have in the show.  It’s rather unbelievable that we have to cast late next month and go into rehearsals in early May.

I relaxed, of course, and then it was time to write these here notes.  Oh, and I got the singers their music for the Kritzerland show.

Today, I can sleep in, then I can relax as its President’s Day and banks and mail are in absentia.  I’m sure I’ll get the book to Grant so he can begin designing it, and I’ll scan a lot of images for use in the book.  I’m taking opinions on the five cover designs – of course, there is zero consensus, so ultimately I’ll just have to go with the one I like best.  I’ll eat something light, but mostly I’ll relax, listen to music, and maybe even watch something.

The rest of the week is book stuff, meetings and meals, a put-in rehearsal, a work session for the Kritzerland show, and then attending one performance on Friday night.  The weekend is for ME and getting ready for the big Kritzerland rehearsal week and then stumble-through and then show.  I’m tired just thinking about all of it.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, relax, get the book to Grant, scan lots of images, choose a cover design, eat, listen to music, and watch something.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite 1970s musicals? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a fun talkback and pizza.

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