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

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30 Oct 2012

Ann Harada

Ann Harada, an original cast member of Avenue Q who has appeared on "Smash" and will be in Broadway's coming Cinderella, said, "I am holed up on the Upper West Side with husband, son and parents. Went out just now to see what was open. Returned with Dunkin Donuts. As my son Elvis said last night, 'We've got a LOT of carbohydrates for the hurricane.' Stay safe!"

Actor Will Rogers (NYSF's As You Like It) has a rain-day off from rehearsal of McNally's Golden Age. He said, "I'm watching the images on NY1 of the river already swelling. I'm wondering if I'm as prepared as I should be — though maps I've seen have my area of Astoria in a relatively safe zone. Me and my roommates are planning on staying in and watching movies, and catching up on sleep and reading. I bought PB & J fixings, a flashlight and bottled water. That's enough, right? Hoping gas and power stay on so I can make a giant spaghetti dinner tonight."

Enid Graham, the Tony nominee of Honour who recently joined the cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, is with actor-husband Robert Sella (Side Man, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and their three sons, in upper Manhattan. She said, "I am home with my family in Washington Heights — luckily the highest natural point in Manhattan! —with a roast in the crock pot, [and we're] decorating wizard hats for little-boy Halloween costumes. We went to a wedding last night for a friend from Juilliard on the lower east side, and took the last or almost the last subway home. Our poor friends had to evacuate their Red Hook apartment on their wedding day, bring their dog to the ceremony and float around (hopefully not literally!) at friends' houses until they can begin their delayed honeymoon…."

Danny Burstein

Tony nominee Danny Burstein, of Broadway's Golden Boy this fall and Talley's Folly come spring, is with his Tony-nominated actress wife, Rebecca Luker (Show Boat, The Music Man, Death Takes a Holiday, 54 Below). He said, "Rebecca and I will be in New York City in our apartment, which, thankfully, isn't in the evacuation zone. We'll be staring out the window, crossing our fingers and watching NY1 and the Weather Channel all day. It's Monday morning, as I write this, and they say the worst of the storm is coming late this afternoon into the evening. We hope all New Yorkers remain safe, and that Sandy is here and gone quickly. Unlike Cats.."

Roger DeWitt, an actor who appeared in Off-Broadway's Adding Machine musical and The Phantom of the Opera, said, "I am hunkered down in the West Village with my husband and our Norwich Terrier Buster. We have food, water, wine and cocktails. Should we lose power, I have downloaded three movies to the iPad and candles to read by. Glad we are all together."

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, of Broadway's A Little Night Music, is currently in windswept Connecticut. He said, "Fortunately, I am working at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. Unfortunately, the hurricane is supposed to hit really hard here and we could possibly lose power for a week. So we have been stocking up on food, water, candles, gas for our cars, etc. Every surrounding store for miles is sold out of D batteries, so I guess our house flashlight is out of the question. Whoops. All of the water for the town is on an electrical pump, so if we lose power, we don't have running water. I can't imagine. Thank goodness we have the next two days off, and even without power in Connecticut, the Opera House has a generator, so Something's Afoot will continue on with one person in the audience, or 398."

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka outside a closed Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts.

Playwright Sean Grennan (Making God Laugh) and his actress wife Kathy Santen (Broadway's Wicked) are staying put in their apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. He said, "We're hanging here. I think the real story is that Kathy has had an emergency kit ready for years. The women at Wicked were asking about it, and it quickly became clear that she is the authority. The kit has water, food (from our pre-vegetarian times — tuna, Vienna sausages, Cliff bars and more), money, flashlights, batteries, transistor radio, a file of important papers, a 'to grab' list if we have to leave, first aid kit and more."

Eric Schaeffer, artistic director of the Tony Award-honored Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, was feeling the storm in the DC area on Monday afternoon. "Our wind has really kicked in," he said. "The lights just flashed here in DC, so Sandy is starting to bear down. I went into the theatre this morning for some conference calls but am back home, hunkered down with a stocked bar, a reading-pile of scripts and a fire. So it's actually looking to be a productive day as long as no trees fall down on my roof. And my neighbor and I are making hourly outdoor trips to the storm drain to clear the leaves so we don't get flooded. Rainy days and Mondays..."

Scott M. Ellis, company manager and associate general manager of Broadway's Elf, said, "Today was supposed to be our first day on stage with the cast of Elf over at the Hirschfeld Theatre, but I guess Sandy felt otherwise. I've made enough turkey chili and jalapeño cheese cornbread to get me through to next week, and have turned my home into a temporary-housing shelter. My good friend Bill Gregory from San Francisco is staying with me, as his plans to attend a Baltimore conference have been derailed."


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