There's a great lyric in "Me and My Girl" that seems apropos to the current climate:
If there's a bother you want to survive
Just you take it on the chin
Turn on a little grin
Doing this bubble of a show at this time is both a welcome distraction from the cares of the world and a challenge. Sometimes I've had to ask myself, what's the point of tap dancing and silly songs and this old fashioned little farce? The answer of course is that people need to laugh right now. They need to come together and have some fun. And boy, are we providing that here at Maltz Jupiter Theatre! "Me and My Girl" has been great fun to do; I have a treat of a cameo role and have been enjoying being a part of this truly elegant production. Our leading man, Matt Loehr, is so multi-faceted and so skilled that he has really inspired us all. And his leading lady, Julie Kleiner, brings the heart. Together, they are unbeatable! The run is selling like hotcakes and it's a great way to launch the holiday season.
|With Giselle Wolf and Brad Fryman in "A Wilder Christmas"|
I then escaped the winter chill and returned to wonderful Riverside Theatre to play Rudolph, the headwaiter, in "Hello, Dolly!". Brilliant director James Brennan invited me to be in my fourth production with him ("Me and My Girl" makes five!).
|With Karen L. Robu in "Nice Work"|
|Talbot, "Henry VI, Part 1"|
|With King Arthur and the Knights, "Spamalot" at NSMT|
With the coming of autumn I got to watch the leaves change in my hometown of Beverly, MA in my very first "Spamalot" since the first national tour closed in 2009. Playing Sir Robin again and in the town where it all began for me was a truly special experience. Great production, great people, and great time with my Mom and other friends and family.
And a few weeks later, it was off to Florida to do 'The Lambeth Walk!' I have been enormously fortunate this season and am grateful for the collaborations with artists familiar and new, and to do wonderful new parts and revisit some of my favorites. In the middle of all of this, I wrote the third draft of a full length screenplay, had a reading in New York of it, and thanks to generous contributors to a GoFundMe campaign, was able to send the script to LA for analysis by amazing script readers at Coverage, Ink. Their encouragement and insight, and a new connection with a literary agent, have spurred me on to the fourth, and I hope, last rewrite, and perhaps my 'baby' will soon go out into the movie world and find a way of coming to fruition as a feature film! To begin a new creative path as a writer while pursuing my acting work would be a great adventure I would welcome happily.
What 2017 will bring remains to be seen, for us all. To you and yours, my best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season and a New Year that will hopefully bring to us all new purpose, greater understanding and good will between all people. And many new and fulfilling creative journeys!