Hello from United 3533 from Chicago to New York. I was supposed to take a US Airways flight from Louisville to Philly and then to NYC but the first flight got delayed, which meant I'd miss my connecting flight. When I heard about the delay, I fled the boarding area and went past security, back to the ticket area. They offered me a non-stop that left many hours later or a connecting flight that went through Chicago. I decided to take the second one because it got me in earlier and the amazing part is I got upgraded to first class on my flight to Chicago! Then I saw that my ticket from Chicago to New York had me in seat 3F. Yay! First class on both flights! I then found out the plane is so small that only the first two rows are first class and Row 3 is actually coach. Hmph. That's like when my mom got tickets for me and my sisters to The Fantasticks when I was in 6th grade and I was prepared for horrible balcony seats like we always got. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when she told me she got us 3rd Row Center! Yay! Now imagine the look on my face when I arrived and found out the theatre only had three rows. It's not called "third row center" it's called "back row center." Speaking of The Fantasticks, my friend Richard Roland is doing the show right now Off-Broadway and has graduated from playing the boy many years ago (opposite Kristin Chenoweth) to playing El Gallo! I filmed a Playbill "Obsessed!" video with him where we recreate my horrific piano playing during his callback for Footloose. Watch!
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger were great in The Anarchist, and afterwards James and I went backstage. Patti introduced us to David Mamet and, because it was his birthday, she led us in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." She then told me that as soon as the show opened, we could start rehearsing for our next gig in New Orleans! That's right, I'm doing a Broadway series down there at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. It starts with Patti and then features Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley!
|photo by Joan Marcus|
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