Kristen Blodgette, Phantom of the Opera musical director
(With Phantom since the beginning): On a daily basis I am grateful to be able to walk through the stage door alley of The Majestic and go into the theatre where I have spent nearly half of my life. At Thanksgiving particularly, I take time to acknowledge the many blessings which being a part of the Broadway community, a Local 802 member and most specifically the Phantom community have afforded me.
For 25 years I have been able to be a part of a show that I have loved since the very first day I heard it. I work with people that are incredibly gifted; the orchestra, the actors, the crew, the ushers, stage managers. I am given the opportunity, daily, to try and do my job just a bit better than I did it the day before. I am able to try and give a paying audience something very special: An experience, or memory, which might just affect their day in a way that will resonate in their lives.
I am particularly and eternally grateful to musical supervisor David Caddick who first gave me this amazing position. Gratitude...
Actress Sierra Boggess, The Phantom of the Opera:
I am grateful to be able to sing Broadway music to my heart's desire! I am grateful that I get to be around extraordinary performers in this business! I am grateful that this is my community! I am grateful that my world consists of singing and dancing!
I am vegetarian, so I grew up eating Tofurky for Thanksgiving! Every year I adopt turkeys from Farm Sanctuary and I encourage anyone who's interested in saving a turkey's life to do the same!
Actress Ashley Brown, The Sound of Music Live!:
I'm so thankful to be a part of the theatre community here in NYC and to have met so many special people — who have basically become family — while doing shows. In this crazy business, we have to be away from our families on holidays, so it's nice to have a second family full of friends to spend them with. We are actually spending Thanksgiving with Gavin Lee (who played Bert with me in Mary Poppins) and his family this year! We always keep the tradition alive!
Actress Katie Rose Clark, Wicked:
This year I'm thankful for my husband, our theatre family and how it seemed to have grown so much recently. I'm overwhelmed by the new friendships we've made in the community this past year. Lindsay Mendez is like a sister to me now! Derek Klena, Carol Kane, Tom McGowan, Adam Gruper... I could go on and on because it's been a really rich year for us with new relationships. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it's time set aside to intentionally think through how you've been blessed. It's so easy to overlook and not take stock.
Playwright, lyricist Joe DiPietro, Clever Little Lies, Memphis:
I'm thankful for every actor, in every theatre (large or small), who has ever took my words and memorized them, wrestled with them, and breathed new and surprising life into them. You have my eternal gratitude.
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