"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

Jason Gotay

Andy Einhorn, music director/conductor of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Since childhood, I've always loved Thanksgiving. From the smells in the kitchen to helping prepare the meal, it's been filled with tremendous memories. But what stands out the most is family and spending time with family – on Broadway, we have the chance to expand our family with our fantastic company of actors, musicians and crew. I am most grateful to get to spend almost every day with a terrific extended family and look forward to many more "families" in the coming years. Happy holidays!

Composer Stephen Flaherty, Rocky, Ragtime:
Each Thanksgiving I give thanks that I am able to do the thing I most love: telling stories through music. On this Thanksgiving, however, I am especially happy and thankful that my old college roommate, John Schiappa, and I will finally be doing a show together this year: Rocky on Broadway. John and I met in 1980 when we were both undergrads at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. We became fast friends (and I became his accompanist). We shared apartments on-campus, off-campus, in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. Over these many years he watched me struggle to become a "real" composer and I watched him become a "real" actor. We always wanted to do a show together and, though it only took 33 years, it was totally worth the wait!

Actor Jason Gotay, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark
I'm grateful for a lot of things about this community, but I find myself really thankful for those moments of "inspiration" lately. Whether it comes from a fellow cast mate, watching other actors do really great work, or the support of my friends/family, I live for those moments of being truly "inspired" by this industry and the love and passion people bring to it every day. Pretty cool.

Composer Adam Guettel, The Light in the Piazza, The Days of Wine and Roses:
A long time ago, I was lucky to spend three weeks writing with Craig Lucas at the Ucross Foundation. Deep winter in Wyoming. One day, fool that I am, I set off on my cross country skis over snowy fields to my writing room, dressed for the sparkling sunlight in just jeans and a thermal. By four o'clock, the sky had darkened with heavy, green clouds and the snow came in swirls of bitter wind.

Skiing back in the incredible cold I became comfortably sleepy somehow and thought it might be a good idea to take a little nap in a cozy drift. I stopped moving forward. But no, I thought groggily. Why don't I press on toward those little lights in the distance and the other writers there who understand what I do all day. (Mostly nothing.) Let me press on and see what comes of it. That's what my collaborators and friends in the theatre have done for me all these years. Saved me, that is.

Actress Ellen Harvey, The Phantom of the Opera:
Thanksgiving falls every year in the middle of our collection time for BC/EFA. And every year I am reminded how wonderful our cast and crew are for generously donating their time and efforts to help raise money for those in need. I'm so thankful to be a part of such a caring and supportive community.



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