We are happy to welcome guest celebrity blogger Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, who plays Henrik in the Tony-nominated revival of A Little Night Music, which will reopen after a brief hiatus July 13 with two new stars, Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Herdlicka, who will make his solo cabaret concert debut June 27 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, will blog for Playbill.com all week; his first entry follows:
So in beginning this blog, I wanted to say a big thank you for tuning in, and also to Playbill.com for letting me share a week of my life with you. And what a week it will be. This week is such a busy one for me, as I am in intense rehearsals for my solo concert, I Happen to Like New York, at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency next Sunday, June 27th, but more to come on that later!
This blog is supposed to focus on today (Monday), of course, but yesterday was such an eventful day, as you Night Music followers know, that I have to write about it. Sunday was Catherine and Angela’s last day with us in A Little Night Music. For everyone that was there, thank you for a thrilling matinee. The audience’s energy was magnetic, as it was packed with our families, producers, our director, and hundreds of the show’s most loyal fans (oh, and Glenn Close). The entrance applause for Angela was approximately a full minute, and was so overwhelming, it brought many of us to tears in the wings. The power of an audience is just incredible. I have to admit, yesterday was one of Angela’s most moving performances to date, and she would be the first to admit it. At a reception immediately following the performance, Angela told the cast that being in Night Music was one of the most special experiences of her life, and like she said, “And I’ve experienced A LOT!” CZJ followed that by bowing at Angela’s feet. Literally. She was on the ground, in a dress. A site to behold.
After the reception, I went to Aaron Lazar’s birthday party (Count Carl Magnus in Night Music) - It was an incredible event on the roof of the Thompson Hotel in Soho. So if you see him, say Happy Birthday AND Happy Father’s Day, as his son Julien is now just a few months old!
Parting with Angela and Catherine was not easy; they were the leaders of our company, and after all, Night Music may never have happened without them. It was a sad day to see them leave, but it has already been a life-changing experience to rehearse with BERNADETTE PETERS and ELAINE STRITCH, but more to come on that later in the week, too! I don’t know why, but I felt the need to capitalize their names.
So it’s Monday, the beginning of the week, or as you actors know, our day off. However, it’s a rare next couple of weeks, as Night Music will be on a hiatus until July 13th, when we re-open with Bernadette and Elaine. (Get your tickets now!!) Therefore, my days aren’t structured the same as usual, but will be filled nonetheless with concert rehearsals. For now, I’m off to the gym, to a voice lesson, and then to see Adam Pascal in concert at Feinstein’s. I’m sitting with Bruce Vilanch…should be fun, right?
More to come tomorrow!