How Theatre People Are Riding Out the Storm; Wine! Food! Friends! Kids! Pets!

By Kenneth Jones
29 Oct 2012

Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Actor Joel Hatch of Broadway's current Annie and Billy Elliot, said that he and his actress wife Carol Kuykendall "are getting together with a group of people in our building who are dancers or former dancers in the business. We shared hurricane Irene with the same group and played board games well into the night. One member of the group is about to have a baby, so it should be a very interesting evening."

Actress Nikka Graff Lanzarone, of Broadway's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Paper Mill Playhouse's A Chorus Line, said, "The hurricane actually coincided with my post-show nesting tendencies. I really have to do that deep-clean that my apartment so desperately deserves. Maybe some laundry! Otherwise, I'm gonna hang with my cat and my neighbors, hope the power doesn't go out, maybe cook a little (okay, microwave the frozen foods), and be grateful for the chance to rest my body. There are copious amounts of cheese and wine, a well-stocked Netflix queue, many episodes of 'This American Life' and a few back issues of Vogue — and batteries, even though I realized I don't have any battery-operated devices."

Heather Parcells

Heather Parcells, of Broadway's Wonderland and A Chorus Line, said, "Of course I couldn't sleep late. Michael Minarik of Rock of Ages and I live four blocks from each other and we decided to do a Rock of Ages/A Chorus Line mash-up performance for the mouse that lives in my apartment for 'Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Sandy.' We actually decided to brave the Frankenstorm of Death and walk in Riverside Park. We successfully crossed the police line at the entrance and about 500 yards in, the law stopped us and we ran for our lives. So, we opted for a new tea place and some nice beet juice and a pound of dried mango. We thought we had successfully wasted enough time of the day until we arrived back at my apartment to watch TV and realized it wasn't even 11:30. As for the rest of the day, we will wonder if the tree across the street from my brownstone that is trapped in scaffolding will give way and fall on my building. It creaks, therefore it will falter…"



Anne L. Nathan, who plays the passionate Czech mama in Broadway's Once, said, "With the exception of the 'stir crazy' break I'm taking right now to visit with my friend Merri Sugarman, at her place a few blocks away, I will be hunkering down at my apartment, solo. This will be my day: couch, coffee, changing to wine in the evening, 'Nashville,' a possible re-reading of 'The Agony and the Ecstasy,' learning a new song on my new ukulele and...that is it. Last night I had Fig Newtons, but that turned out to be a terrible idea as I ate half the box."

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