How Theatre People Weathered Hurricane Sandy; Wine! Food! Friends! Kids! Pets!

By Kenneth Jones
30 Oct 2012

Marya Grandy

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the Drama Desk Award-winning orchestrator (Company) and busy music supervisor (The Addams Family), whose coming Broadway project is Pump Boys and Dinettes, said that she is at her apartment doing paperwork for her not-for-profit ASTEP/Artists Striving to End Poverty. "I'm prepping for some concerts coming up, doing some ASTEP work, and hopefully catching up on a little sleep," she explained. "As long as I have internet, I can be working. I am cuddled up with my lovely dog Coleman on the Upper West Side. We have supplies and are ready!"

Actress Marya Grandy found herself at loose ends Sunday night when the evening performance of her show, Closer Than Ever by York Theatre Company, was canceled due to weather. "Instead of doing a Sunday night show, I had a glass of wine and many laughs with my divine co-star Anika Larsen. After that, I headed home to the Lower East Side, immediately changed into sweatpants, and I made a salad the size of a small satellite (my husband refers to it as a 'GrandyBowl'). To cap off the evening, I cozied up with my laptop and HBO Go. [On Monday]: see above, unless I lose power, in which case I will go to my friends' apartment, and, well...see above."

Natalie Charle Ellis
 

Natalie Charle Ellis, of Off-Broadway's Forbidden Broadway, said, "My mom flew in to see my show Saturday morning, and was planning on leaving this morning. Not only did she not get to see my show [Sunday] night, Ms. Sandy has trapped her here. So, yesterday, just like the millions in Manhattan, we stood in the massive lines with screaming children, women having their husbands save their spot in line, then arriving with an overflowing basket (I was furious!), and crazy people stealing flashlights right out of our hands. Luckily, we were able to buy water, vodka, flashlights, beer, batteries, wine, random canned goods that were left over from the chaotic masses and, of course, tequila. We're putting together our Ikea furniture while listening to the all-consuming reports of Frankenstorm…"

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