Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hail, Hail Rock n' Roll. And the Thunderstudies

Greetings from Dallas, TX friends!  We are nearing the end of our 2nd week here in Dallas, and it's been pretty eventful thus far.  Only 2 more cities left before our "spring break", and though the show has been going extremely well, I think everyone is ready for a little break, and some much needed R & R.  But, regardless, we are still rockin', and here are some highlights from our time here in Dallas....

Things started off strong on opening night with a fantastic party at a gastro-pub, the Meddlesome Moth.  The presenters were nice enough to give us "goodie bags" with lots of snacks, magazines, and most importantly for the majority of the cast and crew......ENERGY DRINKS.  The following day, the boys and m'am did a promo at the Dallas House of Blues, gathering more momentum for ticket sales here in D town. 

The theatre is in a HUGE complex.  Closeby are a Vietnam memorial (the angels pictured above), an African-American Museum, a Women's Museum and the Cotton Bowl.  The Jam and I wandered around and took pictures for quite a while that first day; there's a large "exposition" building who's facade and murals represent different countries around the world.  It seems to be entirely empty, which is what was fascinating. 

Austin, the Jam and I ventured to Dealey Plaza and the 6th Floor Museum on Thursday last week.  Though I had been before, it was great to see it again.  Everything surrounding JFK's assassination is pretty dumbfounding, so to be there and take it all in is pretty amazing.  A bunch of us also got our hair cut at a great old school rockabilly barber shop, Rob's Chop Shop.  Other than giving us great haircuts, it was pretty cool to be surrounded by pictures of every character in the show, as well as our music director, Chuck Mead. 

On Monday night, I was asked to attend a private screening of Walk The Line and sign autographs, take pictures, answer questions, and most importantly for me, watch the movie on the big screen.  It was nice to be involved in an event geared specifically toward Johnny Cash, and yet be able to tell a new group of people about MDQ.  Also, it's always great to sign autographs for children; a sweet little girl and her mom had seen the show on Saturday, and came to the event just to get my autograph for her.  That was a very heartwarming moment. 

Now to the Thunderstudy excitement!  Though we always cherish the opportunity to go on, it's never pleasant going on in case of illness or injury.  Alyssa was the first to go on in Dallas, as she was swung in for Kelly.  Then the Jam went on for Lee.  Then I did two shows as Cash.  Then Billy and Austin went on for Cody and Martin.  Phew.  It's been a crazy week.  We're just waiting to see if David has the opportunity to go on, and then this would be the first city that EVERY understudy performed in.  Crazy!!!!

Tonight the cast and I are hosting Crew Appreciation Night at a local Mexican restaurant.  They all work so hard and don't get nearly the recognition they deserve, so this is our way of saying thank you to them for all they do.  We close on a Sunday matinee this week, and it just so happens that the In The Heights tour is in town, so a bunch of us are going to see the show that night!  It's always great to be able to see a show when the opportunity presents itself, in that we very rarely get that chance when we are performing all the time. 

Well, that's it from Dallas, y'all.  Much more to come as we head to Kansas City on Monday.  The Thunderstudy boys and I will be heading to St. Louis for a promo while we are there, so much more news to come!

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