Archive for March, 2009

All Over but the Shoutin’

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 by darylfazio

The reading went off on Thursday without a hitch, propelled by brilliant performers in the form of the pack we threw together over three days. Many audience members said they had come to the show planning to stay only for act one (the York gets a lot of patrons of the older persuasion), but they ALL stayed. And thanks to them, some of the material I was ready to ax after it didn’t get the desired response in South Carolina is now staying in the show. They laughed. They got it. Whew.

The new material put in since the workshop has unilaterally been met with positive response. This is good to know. Another discovery is that Miss St. Helen was actually a petite white woman rather than a busty black woman. When the pipes bust out on “Art is Your Rock”, we don’t expect it from the little 5 foot redhead. We were lucky enough to add Autumn Hurlbert (of Broadway’s Legally Blonde) to the cast at the last minute (after another cast member fell ill), and she blew the roof off. Thanks again, Autumn!

And thanks to the other 15 of you New York actors and director Chad Larabee. You made our week.

Here are a few pics:

Director Chad Larabee watches as Aaron (at piano) rehearses actors at Chelsea Studios in NY.

Director Chad Larabee watches as Aaron (at piano) rehearses actors at Chelsea Studios in NY.

Monica Bell (Mother/Homeless Woman) and Scott Sowers (Father/Homeless Man) rehearse "Meltdown."

Monica Bell (Mother/Homeless Woman) and Scott Sowers (Father/Homeless Man) rehearse "Meltdown."

The ensemble and the trio work on "Blow-by-Blow."

The ensemble and the trio work on "Blow-by-Blow."

Our last day of rehearsal, this time in the York Theatre.

Our last day of rehearsal, this time in the York Theatre.

Teachin’ and Makin’ Music

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2009 by darylfazio

Haven’t downloaded the pics from the iPhone yet as physical proof that would hold up in a court of law, but we have a NYC cast. Monday was Aaron’s (MD) domain as he worked with Kitty, Toni-O, and Edward (everyone loves that “Without Us”). Then the Ensemble came in to run their many tunes. We’ve trucked a few of the CCU props up to New York (Picasso masks, Michelangelo fig leaves–didn’t seem to set anything off at the airport’s x-ray machine), and the ensemble will get a chance to work those bits.

Today, we get to meet our teachers and homeless man. I’m watching Erin Maguire (Ms. Hamm) ham it up as we speak.

A few new cast members to mention: Kevin Covert (Mr. Manne) coming to us from “Memphis” and “Spamalot”, Kit Williams (Miss St. Helen), and Brittany Proia replacing MK Lawson in the Ensemble.

Bring on the funny.

Oh, yeah, it’s ON!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2009 by darylfazio

Welcome to the party, director Chad Larabee, who will be our fearless leader during the York Theatre reading rehearsal process March 16 through 19. Chad has already helped us bring a number of talented cast members on board, adding to our existing core. So far:

Kitty: NATALIE NEWMAN
Toni-O: TOMMY LABANARIS
Edward: TAYLOR BUICE
Mother/Homeless Women: MONICA BELL
Father/Homeless Man: SCOTT SOWERS
Dr. Bore: JENNIFER SWIDERSKI
Ms. Hamm: ERIN MAGUIRE

ensemble and various roles:
MOLLY WALSH
MK LAWSON
AMANDA CONLON
JAMAAL WILSON
MICHAEL MORCH
RYAN DUNKIN

Still missing a Mr. Manne, a Miss St. Helen, and a comedic superstar to read stage directions. But we’ll get ’em. Otherwise, the SOLD OUT house at the York on March 19 might be disappointed.

Stay tuned for pics and rehearsal stories from the NYC front.

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