Just got back from AZ where I spent the weekend with my sister, Ashlyn, and her lovely family. Gosh do I love my nieces and nephew.
Was there for their Trunk or Treat at church where we dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland!
Hope you’re having a fun and safe Halloween tonight!
Over on the right of this blog, under “Be Still My Heart” is a fantastic blog called “Her Quotes.” Wanted to share a few favorites of mine from her blog.
“It’s the only time I feel like me, she said, & everyone else just thinks it’s dress up.”
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
“There are only two kinds of people in this world. The realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they are going and the dreamers have already been there.”
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
–The White Rabbit, ‘Alice In Wonderland’
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”
–E. D. W.
“Bad taste bothers me.”
“This was an industry that once thrived on exposure. Today I find that the most interesting people are hidden.”
“She remembered something a woman in Paris had told her once. A woman in her forties, much married, elegant, a little world-weary. ‘There is nothing easier in this world,’ this woman had claimed, ‘than getting a man to kiss you.’ ‘Oh really?’ Eva had said, ‘so how do you do that?’ ‘Just stand close to a man,’ the woman had said, ‘very close, as close as you can without touching – he will kiss you in one minute or two. It’s inevitable. For them it’s like an instinct – they can’t resist. Infallible.”
“I will love you if you don’t marry me. I will love you if you marry someone else, your co-star, perhaps, or Y., or even O., or anyone Z. through A., even R. Although sadly I believe it will be quite some time before two women can be allowed to marry and I will love you if you have a child, and I will love you if you have two children, or three children, or even more, although I personally think three is plenty, and I will love you if you never marry at all, and never have children, and spend your years wishing you had married me after all, and I must say that on late, cold nights I prefer this scenario out of all the scenarios I have mentioned. That, Beatrice, is how I will love you even as the world goes on its wicked way.”
–Lemony Snicket, ‘The Beatrice Letters’
“You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines. You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows. This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.”
Check out Her Quotes!
Highlights from this month:
-My absolute favorite song to walk down the street to in New York is “Don’t Stop the Music.” It’s perfect strut music!
-“I’m Wishing/One Song” is a song from the show, Disney’s On the Record. The album is no longer for sale but if you can get your hands on a copy, do it, especially if you’re a Disney fan. The arrangements of all the songs are so much fun and this song in particular is absolutely beautiful.
-I’ve been listening to the White Christmas recording multiple times a day and getting so excited for rehearsals! “Blue Skies” has always been a favorite of mine.
-Once again, Slow Club has made this month’s list! “When I Go.” is such a sweet song.
-Recently found the gorgeous bass voice of Josh Turner and can’t help but melt a little everytime I hear him sing, “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”
-“The Girl” by City And Colour. Beautiful. Fun. Can’t stop listening to it.
-I’ve had Micky Green’s album for a long while now, but for some reason never listened to all of it. “Now it’s Gone,” is written perfectly and it makes me feel relaxed and at peace with life.
It’s been a great month and it’s not even over! I’m back in Houston for a bit before rehearsals begin and spending time with my family and the studio. Confession… I’ve started listening to some Christmas music… I know! But only just a little bit!
1) Get a huge Hollywood name who can actually sing, dance, AND act all extremely well
2) Get one of the most fantastic director/choreographers who really understands how to the revive a classic without ruining it
3) And then watch the house fill up show after show!
Saw H2S last week before I headed off to Htown. I had heard wonderful things about Dan Radcliffe and seen his amazing performance from the Tonys, but I wanted to see for myself what everyone else was saying. And wow… what a talent! It’s so nice to know that there’s talent like that out there. I truly think he was meant for the stage. He was so comfortable onstage and I appreciate how hard he’s worked to get where he is. He sang with great ease, his dancing was flawless, and his comedic timing was spot on. It was a perfect role for him and I’m excited to see where his future leads him. Hopefully for us there’ll be more theatrical endeavors.
The rest of the cast was brilliant as well. John Laroquette is such a seasoned vet. His take on the role was a lot of fun. Rose Hemingway was a perfect Rosemary! And the rest of the cast was as equally strong and brilliant!
Now if only I could see the show when Darren Criss steps in…
Yesterday, Paige and I took the train out to Jersey to Papermill Playhouse to see the brand new production of Disney’s “Newsies.” I was so excited to see one of my favorite Disney movies brought to the stage and this production met all my expectations. The dancing was top notch! Those guys were just out their killing it!! Jeremy Jordan’s performance as Jack Kelly knocked it out of the ballpark with his incredible vocal chops. After the show closes on Sunday, he’ll be next appearing in Bonnie and Clyde on the Broadway with Laura Osnes, which I’m anxiously awaiting after seeing some rehearsal clips. The three story set design was very fun, kind of having a Next to Normal vibe, especially with the screens that would pull down and have projections on them. With all the changes and additions, I thought this stage adaption was still able to capture the heart and spirit of the original movie and left the audience wanting more. Will we get more with a Broadway transfer in the near future? I sure hope so! C’mon Disney, let’s make this happen!
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to photograph several of my friends over the last few weeks. First was friend and former teacher, Lauren Garson. We shot on the High Line which has extended so much since I last saw in May. Lauren is absolutely beautiful and it was so much fun taking pictures and reconnecting.
Next I did a shoot at the gorgeous Conservatory Garden with dear friend, Ashley Klinger. Ashley recently got back from doing the tour of A Chorus Line in Tokyo and I’ve been living vicariously through her on Facebook. I always love photographing her and we couldn’t have loved that location more!
Last time I photographed the beautiful Audrey Thelemann was about a year ago when I was in rehearsals for Radio City and we were discussing her dream to join me in the line. Well even though I may not be there again this year, Audrey is the newest and youngest Rockette here in NY this season and I couldn’t be more happy for her! I was so lucky to have her come over on her day off yesterday and shoot on my roof at sunset. I love what we got!
No matter how you feel about Gaga, I have no doubt in my mind that this will make you smile.
I would love for her to do more stuff like this.
And Tony, you just get better with age!
What a duo.