Christine's first show was Saturday at 7 PM and at 5:15, I decided to get some exercise by taking a scenic bike ride out to the ocean. There's a long bike path in Provincetown that's through a wooded area and goes up and down hills. Well, I rode all the way out to the airport and at 6 PM, I decided to turn back. I noticed my bike felt weird. I had a flat tire! And the show was at 7! I started the walk the bike and realized that at my current speed, I'd arrive at the show after it began. I decided to ride it with the flat until I got to the parking lot by the beach, and try to hitch a ride to town from there.
I finally arrived and approached various cars, asking for a lift. Finally, two men agreed to drive me to town and I couldn't decide how to thank them. Free to tickets to Christine Ebersole's show? Guest DJ'ing on my SiriusXM radio show? Hm…would having a Broadway personality in their car be payment enough? I mulled this over as I got the bike hoisted in the their van and sat in the back seat. I decided to lead gradually to the reward I was going to give them so I could really build it up. I leaned forward in my seat and asked with a big smile, "Are you Broadway fans?" They responded, "No." Silence.
I did an "Obsessed" recently with Rachel Bay Jones, who is fantastic in Pippin. She told me that her last Broadway show was Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown as the understudy to Patti LuPone (!). When she got the job, she was warned by a friend to make sure Patti never saw her looking at her. So, Rachel was at all the show's rehearsals and spent the entire time trying to learn the blocking and songs without ever looking directly at Patti. For six weeks!
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