The next project was a reading of an exciting new piece called Reigniting Embers, by Benjamin James Halstead and Patty Weinstein. We closed Show Boat in late September, and the majority of our cast filtered back to NYC to join the ranks of actors seeking work. After a great vacation in mid-May, I headed up to the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut for the summer to do a production of Show Boat.
After only a week back from tour, an opportunity came out of nowhere to guest-artist teach at Nebraska Weslayan University for a week. I met some talented eager young performers, and I wish them well as they continue to train or begin their careers. After Nebraska, and a trip to my own alma mater to attend a wedding where I saw friends I had not seen in almost 20 years, I returned to NYC and hit the auditions again. After a very slow time in the biz during November, I got a call to go out as a temporary replacement for 8 weeks on the Broadway National Tour of South Pacific.
Ii?? am excited to be doing a play, and in beautiful Vermont during the height of New England autumn: Amadeus, at Northern Stage.
As for dancing down to my skivvies in front of thousands of people, well, after doing The Full Monty, this was easy!
On July 15th, the boys of South Pacific sang a€?Nothing Like A Damea€? at the annual Broadway in Bryant Park concert. On Monday, March 15th, I participated in the chorus of composer Stephen Sondheima€™s 80th Birthday Concert performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. On Thursday night, the producers and director of South Pacific called a company meeting and told us that the show would have its final performance on August 22, 2010. So here we are in the peak (slump?) of the low season for Broadway: the deadly early February weeks post-holiday and pre-Spring Break. I am excited to be doing a play, and in beautiful Vermont during the height of New England autumn: Amadeus, at Northern Stage.
Being a swing, I have an added challenge of never knowing when my last show really is.A  Ia€™ve tried to take in the last few shows I was on as if it were my last. In late June, I participated for the first time in the annual Broadway burlesque fundraiser: Broadway Bares, now in its 20th Season. On Monday February 22nd, I performed in a benefit concert for Broadway Cares called Broadway Backwards 5, where men sing womena€™s Broadway songs, and vice versa.
It was performed at the Tisch school at NYU and included two very talented actors and myself.
I didna€™t think some were a good match for me, and others didna€™t think I was right for their office. Goodspeed is a two-time Tony Award winning regional theater that dedicates itself to classic American musical theater.
I guess I just like the adventure of discovering new cities, finding a great coffee shop or pub, the after-show unwind with fellow cast, and the sightseeing.
Having had a nice 3 month break from the Broadway production, I find myself pretty excited to be hitting the road with the show.
Ia€™ve spent some autumns in Connecticut, and the color even farther north is even more amazing in the Vermont mountains. During a short trip to Missouri for a family wedding, I had a chance to speak to the Drama Club at the high school where I attended, North County High School.
Nearing the end of something you have spent several years of your life with, you start emotionally saying goodbye, you take pictures, you feel happy, sad, excited, bittersweet, and a little apprehensive. Broadway Bares presents Broadwaya€™s sexiest performers in a sort of burlesque show- one of the most popular events in New York City.
We had a few cast changes in the ensemble of South Pacific, and our original Captain Bracket (Skip Sudduth) has returned. It was star studded: Florence Henderson hosted, and it included Broadway stars Robert Cuccioli, Ann Harada, Julia Murney, Gary Beach, Len Cariou, Lee Roy Reams, Tonya Pinkins, Aaron Lazar, Douglas Sills, Raul Esparza, Lea Salonga, Seth Rudetsky, and Tituss Burgess.
I performed in 6 numbers, and worked closely with Florence Henderson, Gary Beach, and Douglas Sills. The cast has been hearing rumors since before the holidays that we would probably run until the end of the summer, so this did not come as a shock to anyone. Nearing the end of something you have spent several years of your life with, you start emotionally saying goodbye, you take pictures, you feel happy, sad, excited, bittersweet, andA  a little apprehensive.
Images,snapshots,and pics often capture a sentiment,a mood,a feeling,or even an idea of a person who's at the center of attention.
In April and May, I did a lovely short run of a musical called The Butterfly, based on the book by Patricia Polacco, produced by Making Books Sing.
We performed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on 45th Street, where How To Succeed in Business is playing six nights a week. The opera house didna€™t experience wind damage, although there were downed trees in the area.
This is my fifth production up here, having previously done productions of Brigadoon and A Little Night Music (2001), King of Hearts (2002), and 1776 (2007). From December 14th through the holidays until mid-January, the tour of South Pacific played The Kennedy Center in Washington DC for 5 weeks.
Ia€™m particularly excited to be spending a month in Washington DC playing the Kennedy Center, and then a week in Ft. The PBS Broadcast a€?Live At Lincoln Centera€? of the musical aired on August 18th, the Wednesday before.
It was great to meet these eager young artists who are just now discovering the world of acting.
It was a fun, if hot afternoon, and most likely the last public event our cast will perform before the live televised performance on August 18th, and before we close.
Luckily theya€™d seen most the touristy stuff a few years ago, so they did museums and indoor stuff during the torrential freezing rains. Myself along with 300 other Broadway performers sang in the eveninga€™s finale song: a€?Sundaya€? from Sondheima€™s musical Sunday In The Park with George. It was held at our theater, so I was very comfortable in the environmenta€¦but with over 50 different chorus members, and celebrities in every hallway. We knew it wouldna€™t last forever, and the show has already run longer than anyone expected. The crowds for South Pacific were a little lower over the holiday season than expected, but that was true of the entire Broadway community, not just our show. We performed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on 45th Street, where How To Succeed in Business is playing six nights a week.A  I performed in BB5 two years ago, working with Florence Henderson and Richard Kind and other celebs. Chances are slim but not impossible that I could be on sometime during the last two weeks - but it feels over for me. Throughout the years,pictures has become one of the most popular ways to capture memorable moments. It's about knowing where you stand financially on a daily basis so you can make intelligent fiscal decisions.
Auditions were fairly plentiful in February, and I even booked a short-running off-Broadway gig at the Mint called a€?The Butterflya€™ for April. I spent the next two months interviewing various agents, going to open calls, and working on self-generated projects.
You have to know what you are looking for (not to take the first thing that comes along), and its helpful to have a thick skin. This production of Show Boat is garnering interest because a 25 person cast of this show in a space as limiting as the historic opera house seems un-produceable. Broadway Cares is now the #1 charity organization in the country for AIDS research as well as helping to fight breast & ovarian cancer.
It was a more subtle, less swanky affair than the 1 Year Anniversary- but still incredibly generous of Lincoln Center. I could certainly pinpoint specifics, but mostly it was just a general feeling that I needed to move on.
It certainly is a whole new ball game, not just for me, but for the industry as a whole as the economy has evolved, and is still evolving. The whole experience has been magical, and we are all daily thankful to be a part of such a successful production with the incredible organization Lincoln Center. This year, we had Betty Buckley, George Takai, Mad Mena€™s Bryan Batt and Fraziera€™s Dan Butler among others. And certainly,for a tantamount of consumer and shoppers you cant put a price tag on family and holiday pics. The piece is a bit of an a€?Anne Franka€? story, taking place in France during that countrya€™s Nazi occupation.


Agents may pass on you for various reasons: they represent predominantly young talent, or they may have an actor just like you already in their a€?stablea€™. Our director Rob Ruggiero has been given artistic freedom by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to reconstruct the show for the space. I wona€™t lie, it was nice to have the extra nights off at home, even if it was blizzarding outside.
We then play Newark (where I can commute from my own home in NYC), then a final two weeks in Cleveland.
Many of them had never really seen professional theater, but it was nice to see that spark in their eyes.
My goal has been to be adaptable to that evolution, and ready myself for the new career roads that lie ahead.
By the time it ends, South Pacific will have played 1000 performances and 37 previews, making it the longest-running Broadway revival of any of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals.
But we still are holding strong, with an expected drop during the bleak next 2 winter months before the Spring Break-ers arrive in March. Decades after the invention of the first camera, a large number of consumers and shoppers continue to take pics, in a hgh tech fashion. The unique challenge for me in this play was playing two parts completely opposite of each other - that of the Nazi antagonist Walter, and of the benevolent Jewish father Hoffman. Ia€™m confident in what I have to offer, so it was really a matter of interviewing until the right match happened. As economic times make smaller shows more attractive for regional producing organizations, a 25 person Show Boat should be of great interest if it proves a success.
This area is very theater savvy, and people recognize the actors at restaurants, at the gym, etc.
I wish them all well in their acting endeavors, and expect to hear of great successes from them. So after having a chance at a stable schedule in a Broadway show, when the end comes, it feels big.
Actors can be amazing performers onstage, and be terrible auditioners, or terrific auditioners and be awful onstage. Wea€™ve still been having decent crowds before now, and we expect it to go back up in a few weeks. Instead of the antiquated bulky cameras with huge lenses,consumers and shoppers frequently use SmartPhones and digital cameras to capture images and to take holiday pics. Both were significant roles that required much character work in order to make each one transformative and different than the other. We will have our first performance on July 1st, and I have to say, it looks like its going to be a great show. DC because its a theater town and the military aspect of our show appealed to them, and Fort Myers no doubt because of the general age of the audience many of whom remembers WWII personally.
I played the same theater (the Palace - see left) here in Cleveland a decade ago on the Parade national tour.
I have not been on tour since 2003 with The Sound of Music, and Ia€™m eager for the adventure. We all know everything on the internet isna€™t accurate, but researching time period, and listening on YouTube to a particular accent (Italian for my character), or music (Mozart, obviously, and some of Salieri and other composers of the late 1700a€™s) has proven invaluable.
Ia€™ve known Achilles socially for a couple years, and Ia€™ve been impressed with how he represents his clients.
Both were significant roles that required much character work in order to make each one transformative and different than the other.A  Playing a Nazi (which I have done once before in The Sound of Music) always presents a unique challenge - being true to the character, knowing that what your character thinks he is doing is a€?righta€?, and fighting against becoming an evil caricature. From family gatherings,to family picnics to traditional weddings to the holidays,consumers and shoppers often seize the opportunity at planned events and during the holidays for instance Thanksgiving and Christmas to take pictures of loved ones,family,friends and co workers. I was ready for a change and ready to do something creatively different than being a swing. Laura is universally loved by our cast and it was really tough to say goodbye to her 2 weeks before we close. The opera house sits alongside the beautiful Connecticut River, a perfect setting for the show. The backstage is way too small but therea€™s a romanticism to the drafty stairways and cramped hallways. So with a final farewell with a lovely closing party atop the Empire Hotel, we all parted ways.
Since founding csaccac Inc in 2010, as Founder and President,I fill many hats including Product Tester and photographer. The inside of the theater has a horseshoe-shaped balcony around a house that has a remarkable resemblance to the inside of an actual show boat. The feel of the grand old opera house built in 1876, about a decade before the our show takes place should add an extra bit of authenticity for our audience. Its at times like this that it helps to remember whether its 1 or 1,000 people in the audience, they have paid their money to be entertained, to take a journey, to escape from their world for 3 hours - and its our job to give it to them. And truthfully speaking,in the beginning I experienced some difficulty;however,after I purchased my first digital camera I began to feel comfortable and enjoy the ease of taking pics with a digital camera. But therea€™s something about those old theaters that brings out the romantic idea of a tour. But therea€™s something about thoseA  old theaters that brings out the romantic idea of a tour. Months after I purchased my first digital camera,I set my sights on a tripod, a universal stand to hold my digital camera. The main reason I purchased a tripod__ at the time, I wanted to create high quality self pics and group pics. Eventhough, I've had my tripod for some months,I am still learning the ins and outs of both my digital camera and tripod. Well,if you havent guessed or envisioned what the featured product for the month of November 2013 looks like or remotely even resembles __then as productor tester I guess I'll do the honors first__it's my tripod.
Eventually, I wanted to find out what the craze had been all about and the reason that consumers seemed to ofA  been trading in personal computers for Tablets,_well, at least leaving them at home. Ultimately, I placed online an order for a NookHD+ then opt to pick up the tech item from the store instead of waiting for it to be shipped to my place of residency. AA  few weeks with the NookHD+, I was hooked_eventhough, IA  wasna€™t a fan of touchscreen only. And in all honesty, since the beginning of the Smart Phone craze, I had insisted upon that all of my primary tech gadgets used for work, research and blogging had to be equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. However, in this particular instance,The NookHD+, again, touchscreen only, I made an exception. As I continued to learn the ins and outs of my newly purchased NookHD+ , at the same time, I began to inquire about the accessories compatible with the tech gadget.
In doing so, I foundA  the tech item had a Stylus Pen specifically made to use with the NookHD+.
Weeks later, I purchased a different kind of Stylus Pen , I noticed while standing atA  the checkout counter at Walgreens,pictured next to this article is that Stylus Pen. Quite astonishing the Stylus Pen worked wellA  with both of my tech gadgets ( Smart Phone & Tablet). A frequent question a tantamount of consumers and shoppers find themselves entertaining especially during the holidays when manufacturers and retailers offer what they consider to be great deals and bargains. After giving the device a run for its money as well as a brief critique of the various apps and functions,I stated in my review of the Nook HD+ how pleased I was with the tech gadget.
Further into the critique, I also commented that I was soooo pleased with the tech gadget that I wanted to protect my investment. Based on my income and budget,I considered the purchase of the Nook HD+ to be a major purchase of the year. Shortly after, I purchased the Nook HD+,I began to look at the recommended accessories for the tech gadget.
Eventually, after I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange 14 day trial period,I chose to protect my investment with a Nook HD+ cover. As I began to search and think of different items that could be the product of the month for September,I began to heavily weigh in on August's product of the month,the Nook HD+cover. Hours later,I arrived to the assertion that there's more than one way to protect your investment. With the assertion___, there's more than one way to protect your investment, I made the final choice to make Smart Phone covers as the product of the month for September. Furthermore, within the past five years,Ive purchased several Smart Phones from Virgin Mobile.


To be truthful, I've even purchased Smart Phone insurance,a good choice because a few months later my Smart Phone had an accident.
Despite all of the stuff I tried, sampled, tasted and tested during the recent months, as a result of a long review and critique besides from featuring the Smart Phone as a product of the month,I began to think of the different ways Ia€™ve used to protect my Smart Phone as an alternative product of the month. For instance,Smart Phone insurance has been one the ways I protect my investment from unexpected accidents.
Ostensibly, there's more than one way to protect your Smart Phone from accidents such as, for example, you accidentally drop and break your Smart Phone or in some weird, odd, freak accident as you rush out the door you accidentally step on your Smart Phone or heaven forbids the same thing happens to you that happen to me, a few months ago, I dropped my Smart Phone in the toilet. Without a question, eschewing further debate, Smart Phone insurance is a great investment for consumers and shoppers who use their Smart Phone daily and for work. Best of all, Smart Phone insurance usually saves the consumer from digging deep into their pockets. So, what about before those mishaps and accidents, if you havena€™t figured it out__ there's more than one way to protect your investment.
Even though, at first, I might of skipped over protecting my investments, I am more open to the idea of investing and protecting my major purchases. Here's an example of what I am talking about, I currently have several Smart Phone covers to protect my Smart Phone from breakage, moisture, and malfunctioning.
Varying in price,color,size and shape, most of today's Smart Phone manufacturers and retailers offer to consumers and shoppers Smart Phone covers as an accessory.
From passwords, to anti-theft apps, to screen locks and codes, there's more than one way to protect your investment. Regardless of the price, and hopefully it is within your budget, a true frugal savvy shopper knows the importance of protecting their investment. Above everything else,both I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange process,quite remarkable,I even have the receipt to prove it. Unlike sooo manyA  items, I ve returned and exchanged in the past,__it,meaning my Nook HD+ survived the fourteenth days as printed on the receipt.
A business practice that's part of Barnes and Noble store policy that allows customers fourteen days to return an item. In short,the 14th day, adhering to store policy was the final day that I couldA  actually return my Nook HD+ and get cash back. It goes without saying ,I readA  the instructions,totally unavoidable with a new tech gadget,as well as,downloaded apps,and,uploaded wallpapers. Not quite sure,on the day I purchased my Nook HD+__ifA  in fact, I would be satisfied with my purchase,I chose at the time not to purchase any kind of accessories.
As it turns out,I was soooo pleased with my purchase of the Nook HD+,I wanted to protect my investments. It doesnt matter if you're on lunch break,on a mini vacation,at a webinar or conference,filling out an online report or having to send emails can be a hassle if you don't have a wifi connection,a Broadband device is just one of the many tech gadgets that consumers and shoppers frequently use to get an internet connection. Constantly,on the go,I wanted to have access to wifiA  while away from my place of residency.
Because,I perform an arrary task that frequently requires wifi access ,I purchased a Broadband to Go device from Virgin Mobile.
Egregiously,as a Virgin Mobile customer and fan,I live by Virgin Mobile products except in the case of Virgin Mobile wifi devices.
Recently,I purchased Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 to conciliate my worries about not being able to access wifi home.
Aside from very slow internet speed,the device could only connect to one tech gadget and,the 3G USB plug n play stick broke too easily. Affordable,great to have on hand for shopping emergencies,the latest in recycling,a recyclable tote makes shopping less of a hassle.
Ditching the old biodegradeable plastic bags for a recyclable tote,it's a smart move and a great investment for frugal,savvy,and environmentally conscious consumers and shoppers.Available in most local chain stores and at grocery stores,recyclable totes are becoming the better choice than leaving stores with the traditional biodegradeable plastic bag. Part of a movement to get consumers and shoppers involved in recycling and to think about going green,consumers and shoppers now have the option of trading in those plastic bags for a recyclable tote.
A frequent shopper,I usually purchase a couple of recyclable totes to hold store purchases and other stuff.
Eventhough,I like having the choice to purchase a recyclable tote,I havent completely stop using biodegradeable plastic bags. However,I have to point out the fact that when a consumer and shoppers purchase a recyclable tote they're not limited to using the tote only in that store,that's why they're called recyclable totes because they can be used more than once. In fact, most recycable totes last for more than a week,I should know because I still have a few leftover from the previous month.
A great deal,a really good find,a price you wont find anywhere else,and the best price among competitors,I love a great sale and I love rewards for shopping. Savings and Rewards,for most consumers and shoppers,it's all about getting the best price for items purchase daily. From household supplies to groceries,anyone who shops frequently knows consumers and shoppers love a really good sale_,the economic recession of 2008 could be the culprit. In fact,since the 2008 economic recession savings and rewards has become extremely important to American families on a budget. For many American consumers and shoppers,the unexpected downturn of the American economy caused a disruption in their daily activies thus forcing consumer and shoppers to rethink the way they shop and how they shop.
As a frequent shopper and consumer,I am constantly looking for a great deal and sales on items I purchase regularly,mainly because I do live on a strict budget. Admittedly,after the 2008 economic recession,I rediscovered coupons,and began clipping coupons frequently. In addition to clipping coupons,I also began to check sale ads at home and at the door of stores before shopping.
Along with making a shopping list,clipping coupons at home,checking sale ads at the door and comparing prices,these days one of the best ways to save and get the best deals,I feel without a question has to be with a savings and reward card. And speaking honestly, a savings and rewards card from your local chain store should be a consumer or shoppers BF(bestie).
A must have for consumers and shoppers who seriously want to save,a savings and rewards card.
Throughout the years, my experience with last minute shopping in most instances was not too pleasant. Admittedly,I empathize as well as concur with consumers who express sentiments that last minute shopping makes the shopper(consumer) feel uncomfortable and forlorn with the just thought of buying a gift at the last minute. Often tight on funds to purchase a gift ahead of time,last minute shopping for an overwhelmed consumer with a limited budget could cause the consumer to be late and in some instance not to attend the event or special function. Subsequently, over the years, I have come to realize that last minute shopping it's not the best of fun.
As a result, I definitely would not recommend last minute shopping to a consumer as a shopping tip.
Unequivocally, shopping for special events and functions such as finding an appropriate could take several visits different stores.
Finding the appropriate could mean spending an entire day in a Hallmark store reading cards, it could also mean spending all day on the phone with friend or relatives discussing gift registry,preferences,stores,likes and dislike of the recipient. Ostensibly,the older you get the adults in your life expect two things from you one not to embarrass them in public and two if you don't have a gift to bring at least show up at special functions on time. Indeed, an earnest shopper as well as a meticulous shopper knows finding the right gift or card for a special function could require hours of shopping and visiting different stores. Shopping done precipitously could result in purchasing the wrong size,color, or something way out in left field. Don't wait until the last minute to shop for a party,baby showers,bachelorette bash,birthdays,holidays ,and anniversaries avoid uncomfortableness and the feeling of being inadequate,plan the week before. On certain days, I have even shopped the day of the event that often leaves me feeling embarrassed ashamed, and guilty about my finances even worse depress. Incontrovertibly,last minute shopping in many instances could causes the consumer to become distraught,exasperated, and disconcerted not surprisingly all the emotions take away from the planned day.
What's more important being punctilious for the planned event or arriving with a hand picked gift for the recipient or recipients?
Ultimately,the answer remains with the shopper (consumer) The answer should be non bias and based on the event as well as the recipient and not the shoppers wallet . The meticulous consumer that normally keeps track of birthdays, holidays,and anniversaries with calendars,through emails,P DA's ,Smart phones and other tech savvy gadgets of courses would not necessarily share the same feelings of a last minute shopper .



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