FOUR CONCERT REVUES AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
To say that I was blessed during the COVID Quarantine would be an understatement. Mark Danni, Artistic Director and Producer of TheatreZone, called and asked me to be a part of 4 of his 5 Revues he had planned for this season, in place of Musicals. In a socially distanced theatre and following strict CDC guidelines, I got to present 2 weeks runs of "Merry Manilow," "Bravo Broadway," "At the Movies" and "Those Were the Days." While the rest of the industry was seemingly out of work, I got to do what I love best: Make people Smile!
"NEVER MET A MAN I DIDN'T LIKE" WITH THE VALLEY VILLAGERS CHOIR
I got the chance to sing with the fabulous Valley Villagers Choir, the brilliant idea of Jeff Rizzo, for a fun "Plaid" reunion of sorts. Featured in this video of 28 Plaids are original Plaids Stan Chandler, David Engel, Larry Raben as well as Daniel Reichard, Greg Jbara and more awesome gents. As I quipped, "I'm the only person in this video I've never heard of!"
BUSY TEACHING SCHEDULE!
2020 and 2021 brought a busy schedule for ADOLPHO BLAIRE'S AUDITION BOOTCAMP! Starting in March, Adolpho was smack in the middle of a 4 week NYC session when COVID hit. With a move to Virtual Sessions for his private clients, the docket stayed full with a Branding Seminar for SaveMyAudtion.com. Then both a College Audition Bootcamp and a Branding set of sessions for Decatur High School in Georgia. And of course there were Master Classes in careers in Dance for West Potomac Academy in Alexandria, VA as well as a Branding Workshop for Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA. If you are seeking a real Technical approach to Auditions as well as honing in on that ever-evolving personal Branding, the BOOTCAMP is for you.
"TONYA AND NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA" AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
It's not every day you get to be a part of a Regional Premiere of a new musical. This campy rock opera take on the rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan has been previously produced in NYC and Chicago and, now, at TheatreZone in Naples. Rounding out the cast, playing both Nancy and Tonya's respective mothers, was Andrea McArdle - Broadway's original Little Orphan Annie. I played the clueless Shawn Eckhardt, filled with delusions of grandeur, who hires Shane Stant to do the knee hit heard around the world! How rewarding to have writer Elizabeth Searle at rehearsals, giving insight on the writing of the piece!
PLAID TIDINGS AT CALIFORNIA'S RUBICON THEATRE
I've been beyond blessed getting to be a part of so many productions of "Plaid" over the years but this one was, perhaps, the most special. Getting to do my 1st production of "Plaid Tidings" in California and having Stuart Ross, "Forever Plaid" and "Plaid Tidings" original director/writer/choreographer, direct our show is FOR SURE a bucket list experience. Audiences loved this silly holiday installment and the Santa Barbara Independent said: "Every one of these performers have a terrific voice with the ability to crack an audience up all by themselves, but it's when the four come together that the really wild moments happen."
"ALL SHOOK UP" AT NORTH CAROLINA'S FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE
I was SO excited to get cast at one of my bucket list theatres, the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. After previously directing and choreographing "All Shook Up" at the Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia back in 2011, I got all shook up to be on the other side of the table. And even though I am far from a young dancer anymore, Director/Choreographer Amy Jones made my put those Blue Suede Shoes to use! (Hand me my inhaler, NOW!!!)
"FREE TO BE" AT NYC'S MARTHA GRAHAM STUDIO THEATRE
After working on 2018's "On the Town" (see below), Elizabeth Troxler asked me to be a part of this great evening of dance. Ms. Troxler is, perhaps, one of the most up-and-coming choreographers in Musical Theatre and she made this piece to benefit Heidi Latsky Dance - a dance company integrating people with disabilities. LOTS of styles and LOTS of Fun.
"AND THEN THERE WERE NONE" AT NYC'S SECRET THEATRE
Since I'm always trying to keep my skills honed, there's nothing like doing good old-fashioned British melodrama to get back to basics. And playing Blore in this, Agatha Christie's original whodunit, was a blast. From a fabulous cast - including Broadway's David Engel and PierStudios co-teacher Peggy Lewis - to a great director (the always fabulous Christopher Noffke), the show ended up being nominated 2 NYC Innovative Theatre Awards including Best Revival of a Play!
"ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER" AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
I was back to one of my favorite theatres to play Sir Hubert Insdale in one of my favorite under-produced musicals - "On a Clear Day." In fact, I loved this musical so much growing up, I once named my goldfish Mark and Daisy. (I was 12.) What a thrill singing the score and getting to bring this kooky piece to life.
"FOREVER PLAID" AT WISCONSIN'S PALACE IN THE DELLS
I returned to Plaid-Land for the 5th time, this time as Director! After spending a month in Naples, Florida (see below), I switched to Sweaters and Scarves for blustery Wisconsin! I had the privilege of working with the new Plaids, this time: Bryan Dougherty, Scott Duell, Rory Dunn and Sean Widener. Audiences loved it and Broadway World called it "engaging," "captivating" and "fantastically performed." I can't wait for Forever Plaid #6!
"HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2018" AT FLORIDA'S THEATREZONE
Having previously done Home for the Holidays back in 2016, I was back for more FELIZ NAVIDAD. You can bet that I chewed the scenery, while sashaying through costume change after costume change. giving Ricky Martin a run for his money.
"CLOSET CASES" PODCAST EPISODE
I had the immense opportunity to perform in a live "Closet Cases" show at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of Gay Rights, as well as get interviewed by the dashing Shawn Hollenbach (Netflix's "Mortified Guide," A+E Networks) for a podcast episode. The show explores the humorous side of coming out of the closet: dramatic then, hilarious now. And past guests have included Willam Belli ("Rupaul's Drag Race", "A Star is Born"), Keith Price (Siruius XM Radio Host) and Eliot Glazer ("Broad City", Exexutive Story Editor on TV's "New Girl"). Shawn and I had a Faaaabulous time recounting my exploits as Enfant Gay-rible. Take a listen below and be sure to Subscribe HERE.
"ON THE TOWN" FOR NYC'S WAXLER PRODUCTIONS
New York, New York, a helluva show! Indeed this undertaking was behemoth. Directed by Richard Stafford (who directed me a decade ago in "Beauty and the Beast" at Westchester) and choreographed by the ferocious Elizabeth Troxler, this NYC showing wowed everyone with a cast of 33! I, of course, played a cornucopia of larger than life Manhattan denizens and even got to dance a little with ballet pros like Deanna Doyle.
"JOSEPH...TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" AT THEATRE BY THE SEA
I was back for the third year at TBTS to associate direct and co-choreograph "Joseph" with the infamous Richard Sabellico. This non-traditional production was set in 1967 and featured Jacob & Sons Traveling Salvation Show - a touring troupe of players - who pulled costumes and props out of trunks to tell the Biblical tale. It was a huge hit for the theatre and the Providence Journal gave it a rave calling the show a "sizzling production."