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

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30 Oct 2012

Lauren Molina

Actress Lauren Molina, of the just-closed Marry Me a Little, said, "I'm staying home with my boyfriend, Rob Morrison. He's in Avenue Q, so his shows were canceled. Sunday night we began our 'staycation' by making 'Dark & Frankenstormies' — a drink of ginger beer, dark rum and lime. Then I cooked a huge dinner. Unfortunately, the hurricane forced us to cancel our big Skivvies' Single Release Concert: Hardbody Hoedown at The Cutting Room [Monday night]. I was really looking forward to it, but we've got another show there Nov. 19, which will have to be twice as big."

When Playbill reached out separately to producer Hal Luftig and director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, it turns out they were on really high ground — Chicago. "I am weathering the storm in Chicago where Kinky Boots completes its out of town tryout on Sunday [Nov. 4]," Luftig said. Mitchell added, "I'm in a safe and kinky place, Chicago! Out of town tryout with Kinky Boots! We'll show Sandy a thing or two!"

Kathy Voytko (Evita for Hal Prince's last national tour and a Next to Normal standby on Broadway), who is married to actor John Cudia (The Phantom of the Opera), told, "We live 15 miles west of midtown Manhattan in New Jersey, and the saddest part of our hurricane prep was taking down the Halloween decorations in our yard. My three-year-old was disappointed that the 'spooky cemetery' had to come inside. Styrofoam headstones, plastic hands and vampire heads are no match for these winds. Our last run to Costco has us stocked with copious amounts of coffee, some canned goods, batteries, and an enormous tub of animal crackers. You know, the essentials."

Marty Cooper, a Broadway usher whose home-base theatre is the Shubert, where Matilda will play starting in 2013, is laying low in his home in Sunnyside, Queens. He said, "Sunday, the eve of the great storm, we were to have a matinee and an evening show [of The Performers, where he is subbing]. The evening was canceled as the mayor shut down the transit system! With that, I vowed not to stick my head outside until things subside. My wife, fortunately, is recently retired, so we could stay safely indoors. I hope that my community of friends and co-workers could do the same! If things are back up Tuesday, I will be back at work. Until then, stay safe and warm, guys!"

Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Producer Tom Kirdahy (Ragtime, Master Class) and his playwright husband Terrence McNally are "going to catch up on our TV watching," Kirdahy said. Monday rehearsals for McNally's play Golden Age at Manhattan Theatre Club were canceled. "It's my great shame to say we've never seen 'Downton Abbey,' so we've got a marathon planned — seasons one and two on DVD. There's a lot of ice cream in the freezer and our dog will be cuddled up between us."


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