I'm back. Did you know I was gone?

What a wonderful weekend I had in Washington, DC. I was performing my Legends of Vaudeville show across the street from the white house at the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery. If you want to learn more about that show visit the website.
For some reason my garden is blooming amazingly already. The Clematis exploded this year as are the strawberries. I will let you know when the raspberries are out. Finally, there are grapes on my vines.... it has taken a few years but I can't wait to eat them.
Just saw Mr Smith Goes to Washington again. Jimmy Stewart, my gosh, what else need be said.
Forgot to mention the unbelievable bunch of kids at Trumbull High School. I musical directed Pirates of Penzance there in the early spring. I don't know how they learned it all, but they did, and the audience adored it. They always surprise me. What a thrill it was. You should have heard Hail Poetry. I would say the credit goes to Jessica Spillane who put it all together and directed the show.

Getting Busy

I have been keeping very busy lately and the Winter looks to be confusing to say the least. Just performed at a fund raiser for the Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich, CT. The theatre in which I performed the show, "One Hundred Years Into the Heart." What a joy that show was, working with Maureen Pollard and Nick Dalton, and new mom Stace Kingston. I reprised a couple of the songs and the same old feelings re-surfaced. A great night for all.
Grumpy Old Men is moving right along. The new musical was done in a reading. I had the good luck to work with George Hearn, Christopher Lloyd, Adrienne Barbeau, Carol Kane, Garret Morris. The ensemble were all amazing performers. George and I went out one night for a drink and we bumped into Mel Brooks and Tom Meehan and chatted with them for a bit.
I will be appearing in the TRU festival the second week of December in "Saratoga Trunk Songs," David Arthur's send up of "cut" songs from famous Broadway shows.
Then in January, I will direct "How to Succeed...." at Stamford High School. I am looking forward to that. They have a terrific program.
In the middle of all this, I am trying to get my house finished. As soon as it is, I am going to have a big party. Let me know if you want to come.

Enter Laughing (So Long, 174th Street)

Just got home from the York Theatre's staged reading of a favorite of mine, So Long, 174th Street. They changed the name back to Enter Laughing, the book on which the play, then the musical was based. It was a very exciting performance, not the least of which was that Joe Stein, the book writer was in the audience. Needless to say, I had a ball. What a funny book and terrific score.... every song is a specialty number. I saw the original production in 1976 with Robert Morse, Loni Ackerman, Barbara Lang and George S. Irving. Tonight, part of the excitement, and one of the real reasons I came was that George S. Irving was back to reprise his classic Butler's Song. A moment I will always cherish from the original. He looked not a moment older and killed with every word he spoke, and a few that were unspoken. What an original, what a pro! It is times like this one is proud to be in the business. Thank you George for your inspiration.

Fall is Rising

Well, fall is upon us and the hue of my garden is changing yet again. The summer flowers and shrubs are giving way to a stronger breed of plant. However, beautiful and lovely none the less.
Just yesterday finished a reading for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The show, TOP OF THE HEAP, written by William Squier and Jeff Lodin, was directed by Karen Carpenter. The cast included Peter Scolari (Bosom Buddies, Newhart) & Eddie Korbich.
I have just started teaching a class in Musical Theatre. It is a great group of people and a joy of which to be a part. Makes you feel as if you are truly helping people ....adding to their lives.
Next on the menu is GRUMPY OLD MEN, the musical. I will be a part of the recording in October and then the reading in November. As of now, George Hearn will be reprising his role from the Los Angeles reading. It is a very exciting project and a thrill to be a part of from the beginning. More details on the show to follow.

My Spring

Hi, it has been a very exciting spring. Besides the amazing flowers and shrubs that are blooming in the yard of my new house, I have been involved in many exciting projects with many wonderful people. Staged readings, sit down readings, and full productions.
First I was honored to be a part of the Encores series at the City Center in NYC. A wonderful production of FACE THE MUSIC. It starred Judy Kaye and Walter Bobbie and was directed by John Rando and choreographed by, and my third time working with, Randy Skinner.
Then onto California for the readings of GRUMPY OLD MEN, the new musical. Being produced by my friend, Jeff Gardner. The reading starred George Hearn, Len Cariou and Charles Durning. Also starring Adrienne Barbeau, Carol Kane, and Garret Morris.
Meester Amerika, was next. A jewsical about a troupe of jewish actors on the lower east side.
Onto Houston and the Alley Theatre, for a reading of the new Ken Ludwig musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. A backstory of the making of the movie of the same name. I played Louis B. Mayer. The cast was led by Harry Groener and Erin Dilly, both amazing talents and people. It was directed by Greg Boyd. Everyone was a joy, it was a blast.
Finally, I just closed 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY. A fund raiser for Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, CT. A revue, for which I acted as musical director, bring back the community to this lovely theatre in the growing downtown area....... very fulfilling.
That is much of my spring. We will chat more soon. Write me if you get the urge, and tell me what has been keeping you busy.