"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

Bill Russell

Actress Marni Raab, The Phantom of the Opera:
I am incredibly thankful for our comprehensive Equity health coverage. I see friends and family in many different professions struggle with dire faults in their plans. Surely, ours isn't perfect, but at least our coverage is good once we qualify for it. I also continue to be thankful for BC/EFA, The Actors Fund and affiliated organizations for the amazing work they do to provide for members of our community.

Steve Reineke, music director, New York Pops:
I am thankful to be able to wake up every day and do a job that I love more than anything and that I feel I was born to do. I love living in New York City where I am surrounded by incredible friends and artists that inspire me every day."

Jordan Roth, producer Clybourne Park, president of Jujamcyn Theaters:
This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the passion and creativity and commitment and love of the remarkable people I get to work with every day. In our theatres and in our offices, we are blessed with a team who derive great joy from creating joy for others – for our audiences, for our artists, and for each other.

Side Show lyricist and book writer Bill Russell:
I always feel grateful to be part of the theatre community, especially in New York, but also world-wide. I have just returned from two months of absolute bliss with the new version of Side Show at the La Jolla Playhouse. To work in such a wonderful environment with such enormous talents as Henry Krieger, Bill Condon, Anthony van Laast, Sam Davis, Greg Jarrett and our incredible company leaves me overwhelmed with gratitude. I've generally had great experiences in my career but this has been particularly special. It simply does not get better – and how often does one feel that?

Actor George Salazar, Godspell:
I'm sure I speak for all of my colleagues in the theatre community when I say that I'm most grateful for theatregoers everywhere. Whether you're paying $200 to see a Broadway show, or $15 to see something at your local community theatre, you're supporting artists from every discipline, giving us a reason to do what we love and allowing us to do that in front of people and not just in our living rooms by ourselves.


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