All Over but the Shoutin’

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.

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