-Urban Cowboy has made me become a country music lover. Going into the show I knew only a few of the songs in the show, mostly because of performing in Preludes all those years. However, I knew “Could I Have This Dance” from the cover that Kevin Cahoon and the Ghetto cowboys did of it on their album. Brills.
-Recently gotten into the Black Keys. Their cover of Buddy Holly’s “Dearest” makes my heart happy.
-I love “You Understand Me” by Sam Cooke. It is quickly climbing my most played chart.
-The Dixie Chicks’s “Cowboy Take Me Away” was a song I got to sing back up for in Urban and will always have a special place in my heart.
-Laura Bell’s album Achin and Shankin is my current favorite album. I could put the entire album as my July Playlist. “Giddy On Up” was featured in the vid of my Urban friends Larry and Brooke in their attempt to practice a trick for Boot Scootin Boogie… see below…
I have a major case of post show depression… Miss the show and the cast and the music…. EVERYTHING!
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of seeing the new Off-Broadway show, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, at Playwrights Horizon. The staging , story, cast, music… left me speechless. Plus getting to see my friend, Kevin Cahoon strut his stuff is always a blast.
So if you’re in New York anytime between now and July 3rd you MUST go see The Shaggs!!! Truly one of the greatest pieces of new theatre I’ve seen in years!
Since this month is nearing its end, I thought it was about time to put up my March Playlist. It’s been a long, but good month so I had to have lots of music on this list to help me get through it. I’ve been in rehearsals with the Annie cast, gone to the fancy dancy screening of Mars Needs Moms and the dinner honoring Kevin afterwards, went up to NY to move into my new apartment as well as have a rehearsal with Crystal Chapman’s New York TheatreDance Ensemble, and lots of photo shoots this month. Photos of all these things will appear on the blog at a later date.
So without further ado, I present to you my March Playlist.
My favorite new artists I’ve found recently are Jonathan Clay, Meaghan Smith, and Elizabeth & the Catapult. Also Adele’s new album is too amazing for words. GET IT!
So this last week I made a quick trip to NY to for some fun and exciting things that included a luncheon for the new Rox (Rockettes) at RC (Radio City), shoe and hat fittings at RC, a photoshoot with RSI (Rockette Summer Intensive) alumni, Ashley and Megan, fun class at BDC with friend Johanna (who I hadn’t seen in 3 years), and an always to quick lunch date with dear Kevin Cahoon. So much fun packed in such a short amount of time.
So this summer after the exciting NY trip, I came home and started planning the big move up. The more I planned and thought about it, the more scared I got. Now its not the scared that everyone was asking me about; “Are you scared about how dangerous it is there?” “Is your mother nervous about you moving to such a scary city?” Of course not! I couldn’t feel more comfortable in New York. The scared I feel is just the same scared every 18 year old gets when leaving home to go off to college or in my case, life. Its those feelings of missing mom and dad, being on your own, leaving behind friends and teachers… I started doubting whether I was ready to leave behind my childhood, when in fact its what I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now. As soon as I was in the city this last week, all those concerns and worries washed away. New York feels like home and I’m ready to move out on my own. It’s not going to be easy and I know that, but it’s part of moving on to the next chapter in my life; becoming my own person. It’s like everything I’ve ever done in life has prepared me for what I’m about to do. It’s very exhilarating. But thanks to this short trip this week, I’m confident I can do it.
After Kev and I got done hanging out with Jesse at the Rachel Ray show, the two of us decided we were hungry for some lunch. Kevin picks up his phone to call some friends. Here’s how his phone conversation went… “Hey what are y’all doing? …Well I want to bring Caitlin by so you two can meet her… Oh well we wouldn’t want to interrupt your Glinda/Elphaba time… (this is where I REALLY started paying attention!) …Ok well we’ll be there in ten and if you guys want to do lunch or not that’s up to y’all… Ok, bye!”
As he hangs up, I see on his phone that it said “Kate Reinders.” Being the Broadway geek I am I knew that Kate Reinders is a former Glinda and other Bway credits including, Bernadette’s Gypsy, Good Vibrations, and the Into the Woods revival. So immediately I ask Kevin, “Who’s the Elphaba?! Who’s the Elphaba?!” Low and behold it is Ana Gasteyer. Ana is most known for her work on six seasons of SNL but has many other broadway and theatre credits.
And I got to have lunch with these three superstars. I had a ball listening to their theatre talk and gossip. The greatest realization that I had is that they’re just people. Every famous person in your eyes is just as normal as you are. They have family, friends, a personal life… they are normal. I’ve found that I don’t get as star struck as used to get when I first started meeting celebrities and broadway stars. Instead, I try to see them for their talent and humility.
Lunch with Ana, Kate, and Kev was at this adorable little British restaurant, Tea and Sympathy, in the Village. It was very homey and quaint and the food was delicious. I will always go back to that restaurant and remember the wonderful lunch I had with those three stars!