Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Even a dollar

So Broadway Cares is getting hit really hard this season thanks to the strike. In an effort try and make back some of the over $300,000 they are losing a night with the strike (it's been going now for 18 days - you do the math) they have set up this new online team raiser area. This allows folks on the shows as well as fans of the shows to support BCEFA from their computers.

The link to the Team fundraising information is here

I'm of course on the Whistle tour but pick whatever show you want. The important thing is that if you want to give that you have a way too. BCEFA needs the help of theatre fans from all over the country.

Even ONE DOLLAR would make a huge difference

thanks for listening

And enjoy the photos from the casino just outside of Vancouver I took yesterday!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Honors 2007

A lovely night that needed to be because a young man lost his life. Odd mix of emotions.

... but much PRIDE

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

St Paul - we're back again

In a city where the Peanuts gang are sprinkled everywhere. Little Bronze statues of childhoods favorite gang.

It was hot and humid when I arrived on Sunday. It felt like Florida did. Today it's in the mid 50's. Fall has been skipped and jumped right to winter. Nope - no global warming on this planet. WHATEVER.

Florida was a glorous time of kicking back with friends over good food, drink and conversation.

Now two weeks back with the theatre folk before I am back on layoff.

That layoff will involve helping out at the Honors event in LA for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. I suspect that will be one lengthy blog after it's over.

In the mean time it's all about Saint Paul.

Oh - The Yankees got BEAT!!!! YIPPEE!!! And the Rockies got in. As anyone who reads the blog knows I got to see a preseason and now they are in the playoffs! So I am pulling for Denver to go all the way! (I AM ALSO REMEMBERING IN THAT GAME I SAW THE DIAMONDBACKS PLAYED THE ROCKIES AND LOST!!!!!!)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Buh Bye...

Last show in Houston. A few last minute images to share with folks.

A shot of the Astros/Brewers game - with my free bat. It was also dollar hotdog night.

The Homer puzzle - looks simple right? Oh no it wasn't. It's one of those pictures that's made up of lots of other pictures. It took well over two weeks for about a half dozen of us to finish. WE DID !!

Oh and the last! My favorite. Dollar Friday's are a tradition on the road. Everyone throws a dollar in a bucket with their name on it. A dollar is drawn out. The name is the winner. One year on the road and I FINALLY WON!

Off to Hartford on Monday morning. Tomorrow a day off

Friday, September 21, 2007


A politician speaking and more importantly acting from a place of integrity instead of dodging accusations or making excuses.

Pure heart and at the expense of his party stance and the people who voted for him.

Don't watch the sound bites - see the whole thing



Saturday, September 15, 2007

Friends on stage

So the press opening was Thursday but for those at the venue tonight is opening.

With no rehearsal and only about two hours notice a certain tall redhead is going on tonight in one of the ensemble roles. It is such a kick to know someone as long as I have known the redhead.

Tonight marks another in a long line of life chapters. Friendship and theatre - forever interconnected with this one.

It's weird to not have Judith having people hold hands and play the energy passing game or having him teasing me about telling people where to be when.

At the same time it's wonderful to be blessed with a friendship that has lasted as long as this one has.

Many years - quite and honor.

I'm a lucky person to have many people in my life who are just amazing.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Darts begin to fly


Proof that Americans are a cynical bunch.

Even when seeing shows where people break into song they are looking for realism in a bunch of poverty stricken kids who want to cling to ANY hope?


I will say it's not entirely off point. The race relations thing is WAY off and a bit of a slap to our sick history of treating people badly who are different.


The photo above comes from the Houston Underground. It's the marker that when you are going through the tunnels that tells you that you have reached the City Hall building. It's also a marker that helps me find my way to the theatre.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

As the Water Turns

Yep back on tour
Yep in Houston
Yep Tropical Storm a comin'


Yep once again we are weather jinx'd

Should make for a nice intimate house
tonight and who knows what, tomorrow, for
press opening.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Big Damn Movie!

My perfect way to spend my last day off in NYC...

Just Brillant!
Loved the movie and loved the series

The collector's edition is now out with a TON of bonus material including a more filled out commentary with Joss and the cast.

Perfect low key day.


Friday, August 24, 2007

Nope - not weather this time

We leave a week from Sunday.
Not completely set on who all is coming.
Might be exciting news to report soon though.

Looking forward to this one but miss the old one.

A new adventure begins

Friday, July 13, 2007


It was nice, at first, having me time but as a wise former co-worker recently said - it's like the cult has been disband and none of us know what to do now.

VERY true!

No one told me the withdrawal from all the work, travel, etc would be so nutty. I have never had this kind of time on my hands and it feels werid.

I leave Saturday VERY early in the morning for LA. The plan is three weeks of things for myself. With the hope that it helps me re-center for the new advetnure to come.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Elvis has left the building

The final show of the tour is underway. It's bitter sweet. After a day or so I might be able to put it all into words. For now I only hear applause.

In other news - that thing I had and then lost... as of this afternoon I have it once again. So one month of "me" time and then back on the wheel.

for now... tours over.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

One day you have it the next day you don't...

Nothing in life is a given. You know that gig for the fall. It's no more.

Now what?

World is wide open and scary at the same time.


Begin again

Sunday, June 17, 2007


It was so much fun. Unlike Disney World the entire park is right there for you to enjoy. No monorails or buses needed to go from point A to point B. You just walk across from one gate to the other. I liked that about this park.

It wasn't overwhelming and you didn't feel like you were missing out on doing something. We went two Mondays in a row and I can say we did everything I was hoping to do.

We did miss riding the new Nemo ride but the 3-5 hour wait on the opening day was insane. In fact because of the opening day of Nemo the second Monday in the main park was a little claustriphobic.

As you can see from the photo: I even got in on the fun by wanting my picture taken with a character.

Highlights included the Pirates ride - the additions that have been made to match the movie don't stand out so bad that it makes the ride feel old. Also the West Coast version is SOOOOO much longer than the Florida one. After all these years still a beatiful feat of creativity and technology.

The Haunted Mansion is the same.

Despite all the drops I enjoyed Splash Mountain but it made me want to see Song of the South again. I can still remember in the 3rd grade watching it in the cafeteria at the end of the school year. Since Disney refuses to put a comment at the front of the film about the stereotypes in the film it will probably never been seen.

The California parade was so well done. The floats are very well maintained and look beautiful. I even got some happy tears during that and the fireworks at the end of the night.

Good Friends - No work and much fun!

And I think Patrick might have turned me into a mini-pin head - yikes - buying those things adds up.

We are currently on our final day in Tempe. Although we have made our own fun I am glad to be getting back to Califonia. During the day it's just too hot. The nights are okay but as I have said in many of my postcards from this city you walk outside and it's like living in your clothes dryer.

We went to downtown Phoenix last night to a cool bar called Amsterdam. Great layout and a fun space.

Tonight some of us are laying low and breaking out the Wii. Yep - got myself the new Nintendo system and it's fantastic. There has been much bowling and tennis played in our room in the last week.

Only two weeks left. And big announcement for those of you who don't know. I will be taking about 4 weeks off to see family and have some R&R in Los Angeles and then it's back to NYC for pre-production on a tour that hits the road around September 3rd.

Boy that was a long post : )

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

a hint as to what Costa Mesa included

Hope everyone got their postcards!

In the Mean Time... Tempe!

Have some fun things from Costa Mesa to post but in the mean time I need to get this off my chest.

Here in Tempe - the entire theatre from building to interior walls, chairs, musical stands are ALL Terracotta color (you know Salmon!) EVERYTHING. You would think in a desert people might want to see other hues.

Oh and we have a cricket somewhere in the office. It's awake and driving us MAD.

How long til we get back to California?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Bear for Charity

An example of how doing a little something for a charity can make a big difference.

The bear above was created by one of our wardrobe people. He is a Jailhouse Rock Bear and was sent to the Matthew Shepard Foundation for their annual Bear to Make a Difference benefit. Along with some show swag he brought in $400 for the charity.

A Mighty Fine Showing!!!

...And yes that is my VERY messy desk in one of the markets that he is sitting on. Let me tell you - one has to be VERY flexible when you tour. One city you are in a fancy office with your own desk and the next city you could be typing on your laptop as it sits on a stand one would use while eatting a tv dinner in a living room. No joke!

In other news - 4 1/2 weeks to go on this one. 3 more cities after we leave where we are. Happily we are in Southern California for what remains of our last day off and last non-travel (Golden) day. So Monday - I'm going to DISNEYLAND!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Worth the Ride

I think everyone should have to spend 6 hours in a some kind of car or what not with themselves with nothing but their Ipod to engage them beyond their own thoughts. Made the drive from NJ to Roch with all that remained of my NYC housed earthly belongings.

Fingers crossed that the tour for the fall pans out because I have no where but the lovely house I grew up in to call home at this point.

Sadly despite the great me time today I had little time to spend with my NYC pals thanks in large part to no sleep the last night in Minn. Let's just say in my line of work I am ALWAYS on the clock!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

A little culture

So four of us went between shows tonight. It was such a lovely way to spend two hours. Funny, entertaining, and sweet. I am sorry to Leslie and anyone else who might be reading this who would be more excited then I was to see Wilco perform. Sadly I wasn't aware of them before the show but now I am. I enjoyed the 'alternative' band from Chicago very much.

They ended the broadcast with Elvis' That's All Right... It might be a coincidence but I think not. I suspect our little show got into someone's head and they thought it a fun way to end tonight. (a few of them are coming to our show in exchange for us getting to see theirs)

If anyone was listening tonight - yes that was the four of us who laughed, screamed and applauded louder than everyone else when the song started.

Minneapolis ends tomorrow and then TWO WEEKS OFF!!!!!

Monday, April 30, 2007

Things I forgot to share

Nebraska Photos - the Haymarket Watertower and the Quick Nick's Garage - I am sure it's some chain in that part of the country but I thought it so cute and original. Like I walked back in time.

Atlanta photos include:

The theatre announcing the show

The famous Fabulous Fox organ which is played every night as the audience filters in. I was never sure when up on deck if I was in the time before talking pictures or at a baseball game.

And a little something left briefly in the poster box in front of the theatre. If the guy in the photo looks familar it's because it is supposed to be George Clooney. From what I was able to piece together they used the Fox exterior the night we loaded in for a European commercial shoot that featured Clooney as a period actor at a film festival. The commercial, from what I looked up online, was directed by Robert Rodriguez. Pretty darn cool.

Been busy

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been busy. As some folks know I arrived off layoff late due to a death in my family which made what would have been the calm two weeks in Cleveland - well nuts. We made it to Atlanta (where I type this from a very cool new Hyatt property called Hyatt Place - I mean look at that TV!!) and the week flew by. Tomorrow is a Golden Day - where I essentially hang out with the cast and then get them on a plane on Tuesday morning at the ass crack of dawn.

Where are we headed you ask?

Fort Worth, Texas where I will watch my 33rd birthday come and go.

Um - How time FLIES!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Love me the Harvey

A re-post from today's NYTimes...


"Our Prejudices, Ourselves"

AMERICA is watching Don Imus's self-immolation in a state of shock and awe. And I'm watching America with wry amusement.

Since I'm a second-class citizen -- a gay man -- my seats for the ballgame of American discourse are way back in the bleachers. I don't have to wait long for a shock jock or stand-up comedian to slip up with hateful epithets aimed at me and mine. Hate speak against homosexuals is as commonplace as spam. It's daily traffic for those who profess themselves to be regular Joes, men of God, public servants who live off my tax dollars, as well as any number of celebrities.

In fact, I get a good chuckle whenever someone refers to "the media" as an agent of "the gay agenda." There are entire channels, like Spike TV, that couldn't fill an hour of programming if required to remove their sexist and homophobic content. We've got a president and a large part of Congress willing to change the Constitution so they can deprive of us our rights because they feel we are not "normal."

So I'm used to catching foul balls up here in the cheap seats. What I am really enjoying is watching the rest of you act as if you had no idea that prejudice was alive and well in your hearts and minds.

For the past two decades political correctness has been derided as a surrender to thin-skinned, humorless, uptight oversensitive sissies. Well, you anti-politically correct people have won the battle, and we're all now feasting on the spoils of your victory. During the last few months alone we've had a few comedians spout racism, a basketball coach put forth anti-Semitism and several high-profile spoutings of anti-gay epithets.

What surprises me, I guess, is how choosy the anti-P.C. crowd is about which hate speech it will not tolerate. Sure, there were voices of protest when the TV actor Isaiah Washington called a gay colleague a "faggot." But corporate America didn't pull its advertising from "Grey's Anatomy," as it did with Mr. Imus, did it? And when Ann Coulter likewise tagged a presidential candidate last month, she paid no real price.

In fact, when Bill Maher discussed Ms. Coulter's remarks on his HBO show, he repeated the slur no fewer than four times himself; each mention, I must note, solicited a laugh from his audience. No one called for any sort of apology from him. (Well, actually, I did, so the following week he only used it once.)

Face it, if a Pentagon general, his salary paid with my tax dollars, can label homosexual acts as "immoral" without a call for his dismissal, who are the moral high and mighty kidding?

Our nation, historically bursting with generosity toward strangers, remains remarkably unkind toward its own. Just under our gleaming patina of inclusiveness, we harbor corroding guts. America, I tell you that it doesn't matter how many times you brush your teeth. If your insides are rotting your breath will stink. So, how do you people choose which hate to embrace, which to forgive with a wink and a week in rehab, and which to protest? Where's my copy of that rule book?

Let me cite a non-volatile example of how prejudice can cohabit unchecked with good intentions. I am a huge fan of David Letterman's. I watch the opening of his show a couple of times a week and have done so for decades. Without fail, in his opening monologue or skit Mr. Letterman makes a joke about someone being fat. I kid you not. Will that destroy our nation? Should he be fired or lose his sponsors? Obviously not.

But I think that there is something deeper going on at the Letterman studio than coincidence. And, as I've said, I cite this example simply to illustrate that all kinds of prejudice exist in the human heart. Some are harmless. Some not so harmless. But we need to understand who we are if we wish to change. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should confess to not only being a gay American, but also a fat one. Yes, I'm a double winner.)

I urge you to look around, or better yet, listen around and become aware of the prejudice in everyday life. We are so surrounded by expressions of intolerance that I am in shock and awe that anyone noticed all these recent high-profile instances. Still, I'm gladdened because our no longer being deaf to them may signal their eventual eradication.

The real point is that you cannot harbor malice toward others and then cry foul when someone displays intolerance against you. Prejudice tolerated is intolerance encouraged. Rise up in righteousness when you witness the words and deeds of hate, but only if you are willing to rise up against them all, including your own. Otherwise suffer the slings and arrows of disrespect silently.

Harvey Fierstein is an actor and playwright.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Despite a hiccup with my cell phone for the last day and a half Denver has been wonderful. I have been working on the show to keep myself ahead of the workload and enjoying my time with the gals.

Today we sat first row field level along the 3rd base line at the Rockies game. Despite a clunky middle section of the game with a ton of walk the Rockies rallied in the bottom of the 8th and scored 7 RUNS to slap the Diamondbacks!!! It was great fun, great seats with fantastic friends.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

It's only a WATCH!!


Something I didn't know:
Statement as of 11:05 am CDT on March 31, 2007

... This is the season of increased severe weather activity...

Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions... and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. When a warning is issued... take cover immediately.

It is only a WATCH!

Never boring!

I really hope DENVER plans on being nice to me next week with it's weather - that is for sure

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sharing photos from Memphis

Split week in Nebraska so in the mean time I thought I would share somce photos from Memphis. I am very behind in my blogging - sorry all but it's been busy getting everything set for a split week, a week off, and the next city we go into too.

So here we are photos from Graceland.

The only thing I will say about the day there is that people I think mock the idea of this place. I think it's wrong too unless you've taken the tour. Many of us were very moved by the experience. It was walking in this man's footsteps who burned bright and then out. When you see the 20 some year history of his rise and fall and end the tour at the gravesite it's very moving.

So here are the tangiable things you can take with you when you go - pool room, planes, cars, front of the house and back of the house. Interestingly it's not as large as I expected.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ducks and Crazy Monkeys

The more indepth stories from last week in Memphis are forthcoming but in the mean time I show you the Ducks at the Peabody and a Monkey Statue in the TV room at Graceland - It's a Crazy Monkey - no?

(and yes I know I am behind on updates - although Raleigh will be might quick because it's been pretty lowkey - although I got to see two great friends while here in NC. Megan and Mer - it was great to see you!!)

Friday, February 23, 2007

I love them but this is why I must keep my distance

Youtube video removed because someone's parents rightfully yelled!

This is what happens to actors when they hit the half way point of a tour with the help of Mr. jack Daniels

I was tucked in bed NO WHERE near this... they are LOVELY people but this is NUTS!

enjoy - because you better believe I laughed at their silliness

In other news I got my bowling game on tonight a 191 and a 165 - thank you very much!!!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Taking a break from touring to get pissed...

A pal sent me this...

I have no words for the profound ignorance and arrogance of this piece...


Just felt like sharing. Cut, paste, and see what you think folks - you will have to paste in two parts because I couldn't get the darn thing to link right.


As we are heading into the stupid time of year where mudslinging and such starts to ramp up on both sides of the aisle. Where groups of people are going to start being used as pawns once again for political gain instead of dealing with real issues - I think I will be keeping the down thumb around for future posts.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Columbus - Need I say more?

Ordered in food because there was nowhere to eat when the area shut down around 6pm every night. Shows went great but the storm on the first night made for a small house. The hotel was fine but even that was dull. Columbus goes firmly on the 'Places I would NEVER want to live' list.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Voicemaii from friends

Getting messages from friends via text or voice are very fun! (especcially when those friends have been drinking, getting into trouble or avoiding trouble)

Love and miss those of you who fit this description in the last week - and there were many of you.


Sacramento and LA were fantastic. The show went wonderful. I got to spend a ton of time off during the Sacramento dates. Okay it was only two days off in two weeks which might seem odd to most people but to me it was great.

The first say off we went to San Fran. Had a nice lunch, hung in the gayborhood. Then we saw Legally Blonde - not my cup of tea after I felt the show went off track about 20 minutes in but it started off great and the cast was fantastic.

In week two - the day off was amazing. We went to Napa. I haven't felt such calm in so long. There was no sound to Napa just beautiful weather. I will upload pictures as soon as people share them with me. We went to the Cakebread Winery where I became a member of their wine club. We also went to Opus One. The tasting was $25 a taste but where else was I going to find myself near $25 glass of wine. It was well worth it.

Craig also came to Sacramento and worked the tour for the second week. That was a lot of fun and he did a fantastic job covering as a stage manager.

Our final night in Sacramento was Super Bowl Sunday where the entire company who was watching the game was treated to a round of drinks when a man at the bar one his bet on the game. How much you ask? Over $500,000 split between the three guys who were there. Very odd in the bar of a Courtyard Marriot.

Then it was off to LA for the week off. My body was in rest so it didn't take long for a migraine to kick in. I listened to what my head was telling me and rested most of the week (that and worked on advancing the show). Managed to catch a movie at the Arclight theatre with Craig and saw Virginia Wolff with Kathleen Turner. I enjoyed it but boy was it long. We also had dinner at a great Tapa restaurant and Mark and I caught a small comic book collection. There was also bowling - broke a 150 - thank you very much.

Oh and after all my trips to LA I finally flew out of LAX.

Then it was back on the road - on the east - where it was COLD and BORING!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tucson Photo I forgot to share

It makes me laugh

Maybe you had to be there...

And back to Snow

After a lovely week off at home with Mom and Dad it was back to the road and back to the snow. East Lansing in January is COLD - VERY COLD. It was like being back at Fredonia being on the campus where the theatre was - it was just WAY bigger! I think you could have fit 10 Fredonia Campus' into the foot print of this place.

While here we put together one of my casual benefits like I have done back in Astoria and we raised another $800 plus for Broadway Cares. It was a nice night without a lot of headaches.

Tomorrow we head west to California. Sacramento to be exact. We will be there for two whole weeks and then have another week off where I will be in LA visiting friends. (Hey, why go to snow country when you can stay where it's sort of warm? Although those folks who saw snow in Malibu might not agree with the warm thing. Welcome to Global Warming!)

I'm extra excited because not only do we actually get a decent amount of time off while in the next city Craig is coming to train as a stage manager on the show. So I will not just get one week of Craig time but TWO!!! Not only that but I have pals who live in San Fran which is very close and we are planning a trip on the day off in the second week to wine country. Might be the off season but looking forward to being on a real California Vineyard - extra points for you 80's soap fans who might understand why.

If you've been living in a bubble - Clinton threw her hat in the ring as did Obama. It's going to make for an interesting party election. I only hope the Brownback's of the world don't make headway on the other side because someone like him as president would make for an even scarier exsistance.

Okay off to start my load out - the joys of only a 1pm matinee on the final day in a city!! If only the hotel had Showtime!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

From Snow to Rock

As Mary requested... and the cell phone camera continues to amaze.

Here is a photo of the snow while driving to the airport to check things out for Monday's travel day. THANKS AGAIN GALS!

And then compare it to the photo I took of the road while on the bus from the Tucson airport to the hotel. Have I mentioned this is a very monocromatic city? Tucson is rocks, rocks, gravel, rocks, cactus, rocks and more rocks. Yes, very brown compared to all the fluffy white stuff I saw in Denver.

Happy New Years

From above our hotel in Denver! Cool huh?