I’m happy that this (as we say in the Boston area) wicked long week has finally come to and end.
Last night was our 11h performance of RENT and it was very interesting, to say the least.
The man who plays lead guitar in the band is out all this week, so we had a sub come in and play for him.
Our musical director gave us a heads up that things would be different and he stressed the importance of us being on top of everything because things weren’t going to be exactly as we had been used to. Well, he was right!!! Things were different all over the place and for the most part, it went well. Personally, it didn’t really affect my ‘stuff’ because nothing I do (I’m referring to any solos or noticeable moments) is dependant on the lead guitar bringing me in.
All in all, the show went well and I’m 99.9% sure that the audience had no idea that there were a few ‘mis-steps’ throughout the performance.
Live theatre people – LIVE THEATRE!!!!
My very first theatre director came to see the show last night and REALLY liked it. I wasn’t sure how she’d feel about it, given that she’s a 76 year old woman, but I think she really had a great time. She ran a children’s theatre company for YEARS in the city I grew up in and my two best friends and I started taking her classes when we were 8 or 9. In fact, most of my close friends from those years (I did shows with her until I was about 14 or 15) I’m still in touch with to this day. It was great seeing her and she’s still as sassy as ever!!!
For anyone who’s interested, the cast of RENT will be performing tomorrow afternoon at 1pm – LIVE on WERS in Boston (88.9 FM). That’s the Emerson College radio station and every Saturday morning from 10am to 2pm they have a show called ‘Standing Room Only’ which broadcasts “the music of Broadway, and beyond”. I’ve been listening to that program every Saturday for as long as I can remember and I think it’s a great program. I recall SEVERAL times as a kid, sitting next to the radio, tape player in hand, recording the live performances. This was before I owned a radio with a built in tape deck….so I would literally sit there and hold my tape recorder as close to the radio as possible so I could record whatever they were playing that day. Now that’s some high quality recording, folks.
And I still have a bunch of those tapes. Just ask Jim. :-)
If you aren’t in the Boston area you can log onto www.wers.org and you can hear it that way.
Again – 1pm, WERS 88.9 FM or www.wers.orgI’m not sure what songs we’re singing yet, but I know it’s gonna be GREAT!!!
Have a super weekend everyone…..xoxo