"Measure in Love": Members of the Theatre Community Reflect at Thanksgiving; Words from Elaine Stritch, Jordan Roth, Lynn Ahrens, Lindsay Mendez and More

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28 Nov 2013

Nick Adams
Nick Adams

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Playbill.com reached out to members of the New York theatre community, including actors, musicians, writers, producers, ushers, front of house and backstage crew, to share with us what they are most grateful for this holiday season.

Actor Nick Adams, Priscilla Queen of the Desert:
This year I've once again been reminded how thankful I am for all the wonderful people theatre brings into my life. Every time I start a new project I walk away with incredible memories and new friendships. I'm thankful that I'm surrounded by creative, remarkable artists.

Lyricist Lynn Ahrens, Rocky, Ragtime:
I'm grateful (speaking lyrically) for thirty years with Flaherty,
For hits and flops and curtain ups, revisions over coffee cups,
For music making, storytelling, major fun and minor yelling,
Show by show and score by score (and knowing there’s much more in store)
This year, that's what I'm grateful for!

Actor James Barbour, A Tale of Two Cities:
Thanksgiving and the holidays have always been special for me. It brings forth a sense of community and family and reminds us of that bond. One special memory I have of Thanksgiving was when I was on tour with The Secret Garden (my first big show). We were on the road and had shows over the Thanksgiving weekend and as such were unable to return to our families. The producers prepared a special Thanksgiving dinner for all of us. I remember this large room with tables filled with food. The late Mary Fogarty got on an upright piano and just started playing the funniest tunes I've heard in my life. It was a wonderful cast, Audra McDonald, Douglas Sills, Roger Bart, Kevin McGuire, not to mention Nevin Steinberg, who was at that time our sound engineer and who is now one of the preeminent designers on Broadway. I remember that day as we all sat and talked and ate and laughed. It was and continues to be a special memory.

Time has passed, careers have grown and lives have changed since that tour in 1992, but what I am most thankful for and continue to be thankful for was not only the sense of family that was created from that tour but the fact that many of us are still connected to this day. Broadway to me really is just one big family.

Actor Steve Blanchard, How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
I'm most grateful for a magical life that has lead me for 55 years. The most loving, supportive wife and three daughters who never blink when it's time to pack a suitcase. The love of friends across the world you never could imagine. And blessed by a magical career to be proud of. Thank you Mom and Pop for letting this southern Maryland boy play make-believe.


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