Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Me, Leann, Pancho, and Alice
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The other crazy thing that happened occurred a few weeks later. We call this the Great Hold of 2009. The second show was going well. We were all looking forward to getting out of the theater an hour earlier than usual because the show started at 7 PM instead of 8 PM. After the Nutcracker scene in the first act, the show stopped. They put the curtain down and told everyone to wait. Backstage they told us they had stopped the show because they were having lighting issues. They were going to try to fix it and continue with the show. In the dressing room, Leann, Mike, Laura, and I played Phase 10. We played for quite a while. Some of us even got to Phase 5. After almost an hour, the show finally resumed. The first two numbers were done with work lights which was just white lights shining down from the ceiling. The spotlights were also working. The show looked really bad! I felt bad for those people that paid so much to see it! We had a ten minute intermission instead of fifteen minutes. The lighting looked a lot better after intermission but not all the lights were working. Our scene probably looked okay. It was good for me because I could see all the way into the house because the really bright lights weren’t working. I could see the audience in the balcony. It was nice for a change but I was grateful they fixed the lights during our day off. During the Great Hold of 2009, the Rockettes were in their soldier pants waiting for the show to resume. These pants are starched HEAVILY so they couldn't sit down. Here's a picture of one of them waiting and waiting and waiting...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I hope all the visitors had a great time! I enjoyed sharing with them a little of what I do out here. My most favorite visitor is yet to come...Mom! Yea! She is going to help me close down the show this year and load out.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Michiko Sasaki and me
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday night, I didn't have rehearsal so I figured I would venture downtown and go to the Grand Ole Opry. I have been to Nashville for four years and never been to the Grand Ole Opry. Plus Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood were performing and I couldn't pass that up. I was able to get a ticket to the sold out concert thanks to my company manager's connections.
I met some fellow cast members in the hotel lobby and we drove to downtown Nashville. We went to the will call window at the Ryman Auditorium to pick up our tickets for the evening. I ended up with the best ticket of our group even though I was the last to get my ticket. My seat was dead center on the first row of the balcony. Perfect!
We waited in line once they opened the doors to the Ryman. I headed right to my seat since it took a long time to get in the door and the show had already started. Little Jimmy Dickens was the emcee for the first half hour. He performed and also introduced the performers.
Martina McBride performed in the first half hour. She performed two songs, “This One’s for the Girls” and a song off of her Timeless album. She was amazing! I loved her!
At this point, I am going to give you the honorable mention performer of the night. It is the back-up singer with the dark hair in the following picture.
Now back to the headliners. Rodney Atkins performed during the third half hour. He is TALL!! I love his music! He performed two songs.
At the end of the third half hour, they introduced a surprise performer who just showed up backtage…Vince Gill!! Vince Gill came out on stage in jeans and a sweatshirt. He said he was at the hockey game across the street at the Sommet Center and decided to come over to the Ryman after it let out to see what was going on. The Ryman told him he had to perform to earn his way in since he didn't have a ticket. Ha! Ha! He performed one song for us. We were ecstatic! He was an awesome, unexpected bonus! Of course, this was when my camera battery died. Dang! I took some pictures with my cell phone but they didn’t come out very well. I tried! Vince was amazing!
I had to put this picture in of Jake just so you can see just how hot he is! This was obviously taken at the CMA Awards last Wednesday. He just doesn't look complete without a date. Where is his date? She was sitting in a hotel room watching the show in her pajamas! Oh wait, that's what I was doing. Oh well, same difference! :) There will always be next year....
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Birthday Cake Mom Made For Me
Enjoying the Cake
Made Out Like A Bandit-Cards and Loot
On My Birthday-Sticky Fingers Restaurant
My Fun Friends who Celebrated with Me
The Cake from Company Management-Ooh, Pink Goes Good with Green!
The View from our Hotel Balcony
Lots of Swimming in the Pool
The Pacific Ocean
Turn Around-The Hotel
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The girls' annual trip to New York City didn't disappoint anyone! We experienced new things, held onto old traditions, and made new traditions. I can't wait until next year! Mom and I flew to
I bought a cup of chicken noodle soup from a deli in
We walked to the Henry Miller’s Theatre and saw the musical Bye Bye Birdie. The Henry Miller’s Theatre was recently renovated. When you walk into the theatre, you are on the balcony level. You have to walk down the steps to get to the orchestra level. It was a fun play! The music was catchy. There were a lot of teenagers performing in the show so there was a lot of energy! After the show was over, Mom and I rushed out of the theatre to get on the front row of waiting at the stage door because John Stamos was in the cast. He played Albert Peterson. He did a great job! Mom, Caren, and I got autographs from most of the actors that came out of the stage door. The teenagers enjoyed talking with us. John Stamos was one of the last actors to come out of the stage door. He signed people’s playbills and took pictures with them. He signed Mom’s playbill first. He took a picture with her. As he was signing Caren’s playbill, he saw me and took my hand. He held my hand and asked me what my name was. I told him. He asked how I was doing. I said great. I told him he did a great job! He signed my playbill. Then I asked if I could get a picture with him. He said sure and moved the guardrails that were between me and him. He knelt down and put his arm around me. Mom took a great picture of us. After the picture was taken, he asked me if I performed in the Christmas Spectacular. (I was wearing my Christmas Spectacular jacket.) I said yes. He thought that was cool. He asked me if I sang and I said a little bit. He laughed and said yeah.
Oh how I loved being back in my city. I felt like I was home. I was in the place where I belonged. Why don't I live here??
The next day, Mom and I took the subway to the
Then we walked to
Mom and I ate a late lunch/early dinner at Ray’s Pizza. We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping (or more accurately, looking) at Macy’s, a Payless Shoes Source, and Old Navy.
We walked to the Minskoff Theatre where The Lion King was playing. It had been seven years since I had last seen that show. It was way too long! The Lion King was AMAZING!! I loved that show! It had such a great message!
One of our traditions is that after the show, we have a sweet treat. That evening's sweet treats were cupcakes from the Little Pie Company! I had vanilla cake with vanilla cream inside with vanilla frosting on top. Yummy!
The next day, we walked to the United Nations building. We were going to take a tour but it cost money. Neither of us wanted to waste our money to go on the tour again. Been there, done that. It was one of those once in a lifetime opportunities. Check it off the list! We walked all the way to the United Nations because there was supposed to be a street fair near that area. We walked to the area where the street fair was supposed to be but there was no one there. There were barricades along the side of the road as if there were going to be a street fair. The people and the goods were non-existent. Mom and I walked around the area for a little while.
We found a tramway that took people to
We walked to Serendipity 3 for lunch. It was delicious!! Mom and I shared the seafood pasta. So good! Mom had a frozen hot chocolate (which was their specialty). Mom loved it!! I had an ice cream treat that involved the following: lemon ice box pie, cinnamon ice cream (my creation), and whip cream (lots of it) lined with blueberries and strawberries! Holy cow, it was delicious! I loved it! I probably ate more than I should but it just tasted so good!
Caren wanted us to go to the Gershwin Theatre to see if we could win tickets to Wicked in the lottery. (Before every show, the Gershwin Theatre holds a lottery where the winners can get two front (or second) row tickets for $26.25 each.) I thought it was a fat chance on a Friday night. We lined up and put our names in the drawing. We waited a half hour while they collected names. I hung out by the stage door while I waited. I didn’t see anything spectacular. There were over 100 people that put their names in the drawing. My name was the third to the last name pulled out! I was so surprised! I bought the two tickets. Mom said we were going to sit there, and give Caren the tickets we had in the wheelchair seating which was on the last row of the orchestra level. Caren got a friend and they traveled into the city from
To kill some time until Wicked started, Mom and I decided to walk over to the theatre where Hugh Jackman was performing in a play and do a little stalking. On our walk to the theatre, I ran into a girl I did
Mom and I stalked the Hugh Jackman theatre stage door for a half an hour but then we had to go to the Gershwin for Wicked. The most exciting thing that occurred while we were there was just before we left the theatre-a black SUV pulled up to the curb! We all thought this would be him! The driver gets out and walks to the back of the SUV. He opens the back...and brings out a salad! He walked it into the stage door of the theatre. Then they put three boxes into the SUV and drove away! It was a bust! Oh well, it gave us something to do!
Mom and I met Caren and her friend outside the Gershwin Theatre. Mom and I went down to our seats which were on the aisle of the second row. Fabulous seats! Caren and her friend went to their seats. Wicked was amazing! I loved it! Anyone keeping score of how many times I have seen it?? When we came out of the theatre, it was pouring down rain. Mom and I (as true die hard fans) stood at the stage door to tell the cast they did great and get autographs anyway. Caren and her friend didn’t want to stand in the rain so they headed home. Besides me and Mom, there was a girl in her early twenties with her little sister who was about nine years old at the stage door. The security guard that was standing at the stage door felt bad for us so he let us in the backstage area of the Gershwin Theatre! We saw the sign in boards and other message boards that were backstage. It was funny because as the actors came from the stairwell, they burst in to where we were. They kind of looked at us with the "what are you doing here" look. We told them it was raining and the security guard let us in. We told them how great they were! They were very appreciative. That was a fun Wicked evening! Now I can say I have been backstage at Wicked!
Saturday before the matinee, Mom and I went on a pizza run. We found the best pizza (taste, look, and price) in Manhattan at Patzeria’s Pizza. It is located across from the Marriott Marquis Hotel alley on the north side. Delicious! We walked to the Broadway Theatre where we saw Shrek the Musical. Shrek turned out to be the surprise musical of the trip-in a good way. I wanted to see it because of one of my favorite Broadway actors was in it-Sutton Foster. Sutton is one of the most amazing actors on Broadway. She is so funny, a great singer, dancer, and actor! The complete package! She’s got it all. Shrek was so cute! I was not looking forward to the tons of kids at the show for a Saturday matinee and thought they would ruin the experience. They were actually well-behaved for the most part. Surprise, surprise! Shrek the Musical had a lot of heart. I loved the story, songs, actors, costumes, set, etc! So fun! After the show, Mom, Caren, and I ate lunch at Virgil’s. Virgil’s was one of my favorite places to eat. I ate macaroni and cheese and banana pudding (of course)! It was delicious! Caren went to see a friend’s play that evening. Mom and I saw the musical Billy Elliott. It was the kid who plays Billy’s last performance. His name was Kiril Kulish. He did an AMAZING job! The dancing in the show was AMAZING!! Kiril’s dancing was so good! At the end of the show, Billy goes off to dance school in
We almost missed our flight on Sunday because there was a Puerto Rican Parade going on near Caren's home. All the streets were blocked or full of cars. Mom and I hurried through security. Then we ran to the gate. Gratefully the plane we were going home on was late arriving because of rain at the plane's origin. We only had to wait about ten minutes before we boarded the flight. That was calling it close! Mom and I sat next to each other on the plane ride home because she didn’t get upgraded to first class. Boo-hoo!
Oh how I love my NYC! Mom and I had such a great time together! We always do! Even though we have been to NYC many times before, we keep finding new treasures in the city. It's one of the many reasons we go back every year.
Here are some extra pictures:
Times Square during the day