I hadn’t planned to recap all my experiences in film, musical theatre, and art this past year- mainly because the 2nd half of this year was a total mess. But, as with everything in life, there were highlights…and 2019 is already shaping up to be a better one. (More on that later.)
We kicked things off with BroadwayCon in January. This was very special because I got to perform an abridged Invisible Ties (called “Herself and Steve”) to an audience of about 50 people at the Javits Center. My entire admission to the event was comped, and the feedback on my presentation was phenomenal. To anybody out there who attended and spoke to me afterward- thank you!
A few months later, I was lucky enough to get pit access to Jesus Christ Superstar Live! I went with the wife of my former professor, who happens to love Alice Cooper. Being able to see John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and the rest of the cast perform this piece up close was truly electric…and very moving, for multiple reasons I won’t disclose!
In May, I attended the Lilly Awards, which was another beautiful experience. I got to network with theatre professionals from all walks (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Amanda Green, Sarah Ruhl, Celia Keenan-Bolger…) and go to the after-party at Carroll Place. Bottomless hors d’oeuvres and champagne? Just the cherries on top of a marvelous night out with like-minded people.
My infiltration of Brooklyn continued with the #DavidBowieIs exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in a museum, as the wireless headphones made it borderline immersive. I also dove into Japan with Sakura Matsuri at the Botanical Garden and toured Green-Wood Cemetery.
My Broadway outings in 2018 were woefully minimal. I saw John Lithgow’s solo show, Stories by Heart, in January…and then my next trip to the theatre didn’t occur until the fall! First, I attended Marin Mazzie’s tribute; it was an incredibly touching afternoon of music and speeches. Terrence McNally- who I had already met at the Lilly Awards- left the entire room in a sea of tears. Two months later, I saw Pretty Woman, which was quite a 180. That show was a great deal of fun with knockout performances.
Last, but certainly not least…I was paid for playwriting for the very first time! I earned $100 for a 10-minute skit I wrote for the Little Victory Theatre’s Playwright Festival. I also read the female role, which I guess puts me in the ranks of Lin-Manuel Miranda…
This year, I’m hoping to see a lot more Broadway productions as well as productions of my own work. It’s leading up to the day when both intertwine! Happy New Year, readers.
P.S. A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians were the two best movies I saw.