Miss Antoinette's New Orleans Tour! Michael Cerveris Takes His New Tony Around The Big Easy
I've learned that the most meaningful part of receiving public recognition is the way you become a sort of pipeline for joy and happiness to everyone you know and even people you just meet. It's the most wonderful thing to feel like you're a pebble being dropped into a big pond and watching the ripples shimmer out into the world bringing joy to everyone who feels connected to you and your good fortune.
On my first real day off after the dizzying days of this year's Tony Awards, I headed down south to my sanctuary/home in New Orleans. Having become perhaps the first person ever to utter the phrase "Who Dat!" on a national awards show broadcast, it seemed fitting. My new friend, Miss Antoinette (Perry, of course) was eager to make her own version of the Rainbow Tour and say howdy to my friends and neighbors and they gave her a fittingly rousing, karaoke fueled New Orleans reception.
From fancy meetings at City Hall to a down home gathering arranged by JoAnn Guidos (who I have played several times in Paul Sanchez and Kimberly Kaye's Nine Lives musical which I've been helping them develop) at her famous Kajun's Pub in the city's new St. Claude Avenue arts corridor, Miss Tony brought and met smiles and good wishes everywhere she went.