Friday
Jul132012

Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!!! 

For those of you who don't know it I am a big horror movie fan. This is an exciting day for me as I peruse through the tv looking for another favorite scary film or series. I love the Chiller network and Fear.Net. They are fantastic. I love to come home after the show and turn on one of these networks only to discover Carrie starring Sissy Spacek or perhaps Boogeyman 2 (which I was just watching). Last night I watched the infamous Jason vs. Freddy or vice versa and laughed at the fact that i went to the movie theatre to see it.

I will run to an opening of a new horror flick even if it looks bad. Actually the bad ones are the fun ones. Anything that has high schoolers or college age crazies in the woods with some backwoods insane people makes great horror! Hee Hee.

My favorite horror movie is Halloween. It is the best ever. The original of course. If you want to celebrate this Friday the 13th watch Halloween. It's a great movie without much blood if any and it will scare the poo out of you. 

EnJoY!

Friday
May042012

Smashing

RuPaul is such an inspiration. Talk about a man/woman who knows what he/she wants and goes after it. Wow. 

I loved watching this past season of RuPaul's Drag Race on LOGO. It was such a special treat to see these performers go through the emotional ups and downs during the competition. Most of them handled the obstacles with dignity and grace but some were money hungry and a bit selfish. He has changed the face of Drag forever and continues to work hard showing viewers that Drag is not dress up. It's a lifestyle that deserves respect. It's an honorable competition and I am so happy for RuPauls efforts. 

I am a guy who loves fairy tales. I've only admitted this to myself in the past few years. It's probably why I love SMASH so much. It's a fairytale. So much of it is dead on and true to how the "backstage" lives of performers can be and yet there is a part of it that is totally dramatic and somewhat ludicrous. But that's ok. Isn't it? Drama is what keeps us watching and honestly the everyday lives of performers and their drama is not really that intriguing with out a nudge of extra story. 

I appreciate how Teresa Rebeck, the writer of SMASH, can find the dirty little storyline that keeps us viewers coming back for more and I truly appreciate how RuPaul has done the same thing with Drag Race. he is a master at marketing a product that people really don't want to admit they like. It's brilliant. Not only does he entertain but he makes you sympathize with these greedy lip synching queens who are at the core just real people in search of a legitamte dream. Success. Both shows make me feel good. The pursuit of happiness through vengeful, emotional and scary competion is good. Reality vs. primetime drama....who could ask for anything more. I think it's "smashing" dahlink.

 

Wednesday
Mar212012

Don't ask me then...

I can honestly say that I hate something. My Mom & Dad raised me not to "hate" anything but I have come to hate something in my 40 years of age. I hate it when people ask you if you need something only to discover that they can't provide it but then give you an insurmountable amount of excuses and reasons for not being able to. I'm not an unreasonable person so I don't ask for things that aren't within reach. Especially while I'm working. Come on people. It's rude and ultimately disrespectful. Don't ask me if I "need" something if you can't provide a thing. 

People are crazy. This business is crazy.

Crazy.

Boo

Tuesday
Mar202012

Excuse me...are you bored?

I am writing this little blurb as I sit backstage following a performance of ONCE IN A LIFETIME on the VTS stage here in Las Vegas. As I was singing a woman yawned in my face like a fat f*#king lion. How rude. Is it me? If I was in the front row of any show with a real human being standing in front of me singing his or her heart out I wouldn't have the nerve to yawn.

Ugh

This is probably one of those things where someone would be compelled to tell me that I shouldn't take it personally. Well, first of all I don't like when people say "don't take it personally" because it seems to offer comfort only for the person saying it. However, I won't "MAKE it personal" (which to me is completely different) but I definitely take it personally because it pulled me out of the moment and forced me to think in the middle of my performance to "not take it personally." Ultimately, it's not fair to the audience but thank goodness I know the patron wasn't doing it to me intenionally. Ahhhh....now I don't know what I'm saying. Got a cue...bye.

Boo.

Monday
Feb272012

I WAS HERE

I love Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. They have been huge supporters of my career and I've been in 4 of their productions. We've become friends over the years and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to not only work with them but learn from them as well. 

I was listening to songs on my ipod the other day and I WAS HERE from THE GLORIOUS ONES came up. The melody IS glorious and the lyrics speak for themselves. 

I love that I can hear a song that I love and not only have a relationship with the music and the lyrics but the actual people who wrote the material as well. It sends my heart and soul spinning. 

Thank you Lynn and Stephen for this beautiful song. It expresses so many feelings and thoughts of not only myself but actors and actresses all over the world. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

 

I WAS HERE

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens 

Music by Stephen Flaherty

 

Still I have a theory

About this disease we contract...

That most men are equally crazy

As actors, in fact

 

Why does a boy carve his name on a tree

Or the first born inherit the throne?

What is a sculptor aspiring to be

When he spends half his life carving stone?

 

Kings built their tombs for the ages

Poets and fools fill up their pages

What are we hoping for?

What do we fear?

 

I say we yearn to leave something that lasts

To be known for what little we've done

Men tell their children the tales of their past

And each man gives his name to his son

 

Something in song or in story

Something in blood, something of glory

Something that won't fade away in a year

 

Well, I will not flicker, I like an ember

Do many man flicker and die?

I will something behind to remember

Somehow I must, don't ask me why

 

I have no sons, at least none I can claim

And no patience for carving in stone

All that I have are my skill and my name

And this chance to make both of them known

 

This is my key to the portal

How I can leave something immortal

Something that time cannot make disappear

Something to say 'I was here'

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