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March 14, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, the first thing I should say is 54%!!! Not a huge jump from the day before, but still great. So, onward we go and I’m hoping we continue going up today and to that end I’ll be putting up some new perks, including original photos from Theatre World, those wonderful books – these were the photos sent to them for use in the book and they’ve been filed away for all these years. About six or seven years ago, they began selling them on eBay, the estate of John Willis, I believe. They got snapped up quickly and they weren’t that cheap. I managed to get in there and get some really good stuff, including a large group of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off photos with the original Broadway cast, two photos from The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, one photo of Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin from Bells Are Ringing, two photos from the original company of Damn Yankees, one of Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha, and a few assorted others, like Joel Grey in Cabaret. Plus a ton of photos from the first national tour of The Odd Couple starring Dan Dailey and Richard Benjamin and, as one of the poker buddies, Peter Boyle. I’ll sell those as a group along with the souvenir program from the show. Since these are all original photos, they’re gorgeous. I also have a new batch of great souvenir programs (the last batch went instantly), including the original companies of Sweeney Todd, Flower Drum Song, and The Most Happy Fella. Then I have a super rare original cell from Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, a very pricey item if you go to eBay where the cheapest one is over $2,000. And an incredible large French poster for – Valley of the Dolls. I also have a three-sheet for the Mario Bava masterpiece, Kill, Baby, Kill, which is stunning. So, check out them new perks today, probably in the early afternoon. Here’s that link.


Other than that, I’ve been listening to some Japanese classical music since the overdue opera CDs arrived after I’d already been to the mail place. But that means that today I have some fun listening ahead. We also had a really fun encore showing of Tonight’s the Night – only about thirty-something people watching, which is pretty much what I expected because no matter how many chances you give people, friends, they just don’t care or are too lazy to be supportive. And those are names I do not forget and when those same folks come and ask me to watch something or support them, I think we all know what the answer will be. And that’s just the way it is.

Yesterday was a pretty okay day. I was up at eight and out the door at nine. I went to Hugo’s and had pasta papa, which was excellent, and then I went and picked up a couple of screener packages from the last couple of days. I drove around a bit, and then came home.

Once home, I was happy to see a little action on the Indiegogo campaign. I did some work on the computer, was feeling drowsy, so I went and sat on my couch like so much fish and began watching Minari, another movie I had absolutely no interest in seeing. I watched the first forty-five minutes and was surprised to find myself enjoying it, so I’ll finish that up today. After that, I got ready for our encore showing of Tonight’s the Night. It was fun to see it again after four weeks. We had many nice comments, and later on Facebook a couple of folks posted that they had similar stories to ours and how much they loved it.

After the show, we had another Q&A with quite a few people, including the lovelier than lovely Jason Graae. Too bad dear reader Laura wasn’t there for that. It was lots of fun and I met a couple of new people, which is always fun. After that, I had to deal with not only the one hiccup for project two that I knew about, but another one, as well. I got it all taken care of and now all should be well and well should be all.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll make a show order and start writing the commentary, I “think” I placed an order for food, but got an error message, although I do think I’ve been charged, so I’ll have to deal with that tomorrow. Really annoying when that stuff happens. I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll finish Minari, and then listen and relax – three operas to hear.

Tomorrow and this week is all Kritzerland show stuff and hopefully getting the rest of the singers’ videos, and, of course, major cheerleading for our Indiegogo campaign. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m up, do whatever needs doing, make a show order, write commentary, pick up packages, eat, and then watch, listen, and 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 we made it to 54% and had a nice encore showing.

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