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“I’m heading to… um.. wait a sec, I think I know where I’m going…”

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Inspirational, Screenwriter's Life on March 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This past week I saw two shows on Broadway:   WONDERLAND, a new Frank Wildhorn musical, a modern retelling of ALICE IN WONDERLAND; and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN based on the film with Leo DiCaprio and brought together by the creative team from HAIRSPRAY. Both shows had their lead on a journey. In WONDERLAND, Alice, separated from her husband had to find her way out and back to her daughter. In CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Frank Abagnale Jr. the 17-year-old con artist and forger was looking for a secure family life as well as being on a constant run from the FBI agent vowed to catch him, Carl Hanratty (I must add a top-notch performance by Norbert Leo Butz exploding in a musical number titled “Don’t Break the rules”).

What I’m getting at here is we are all on a journey, and only a small percentage of us actually know what that journey is. We all have general journeys of working, paying our bills, and securing a retirement life for our golden years… but speaking in detail… what is your journey?

I can help by adding… my journey, is first to grow as a person.  Hey Jeff! That’s to general, it belongs in the paragraph above.” OK, I’ll accept that, moving on… my journey is to be as best a screenwriter I can be and sell a screenplay or two or more. But wait! I have another journey, to be a popular blog writer. I also want to write a book, I’m also open to acting again, Wait I also am exploring a detox cleanse to help me shed a few pounds.

What’s happening here is we all have MANY journeys. Some intertwine, some not. But sit back, and think, think about the journeys you are on… where you are headed, what you are involved in. Sometimes just thinking about something and reminding ourselves why we are here… gives us a clearer picture of who we are and how we fit in.

Smiling in NYC.



WHat’s next…?

In Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Rants & Raves on July 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

South Pacific at Lincoln Center is coming to a close, August 22nd will be it’s 1000th and last performance.

It’s had it’s enjoyable moments, but working as an Usher… but it is just a job.

It will be nice to have evenings and weekends free.

Off now to the air conditioned theater… on this hot Sunday.

Love the way some people dress…

In Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures on July 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

One of the nicest things about working at Lincoln Center is the array of individuality which is seen….

Young, in love & stylish….

Don’t they look great!?

A Twist on La Cage Aux Folles

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures on April 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

The Cagelles

Stagehands at La Cage

Mar 6th

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Pictures, Rants & Raves on March 6, 2007 at 6:33 pm

My first 3 weeks of Weight watchers proved to be successful with an 8.8 lb loss…. but on to the really good news….

I have a call back Wednesday morning for the National Tour of Jersey Boys for the role of Gyp DeCarlo as well as other small roles. Exciting!

I’ve been feeling pretty down lately and I don’t know why…
maybe booking Jersey Boys will pick me up?!


What I Do For Love

In Actor's Life, Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures, Rants & Raves on November 17, 2006 at 4:07 am

What I Do For Love
Thursday November 16th, 2006

I was having a rough day, with a heavy finance meeting at my survival job until…

So I’m watching this great classic and each and every performer should be given a Tony award especially my favorite, Deidre Goodwin the actress who played Shelia, the aging chorus girl. AND the tears flowed when Cassie played by Charlotte D’Amboise, performed “Music and The Mirror”… AND when the cast did “What I Did For Love”… AND… the well known number “One”.
BUT the show is so dated and I was left with a void where I should have had been filled with a catharthsis of emotion.

The words to “What I Did For Love” are so strong to me … here they are:

Kiss today goodbye, The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can’t regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.

Look my eyes are dry. The gift was ours to borrow.
It’s as if we always knew,
And I won’t forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.
Love is never gone. As we travel on,
Love’s what we’ll remember.
Kiss today goodbye,
And point me t’ward tomorrow.
We did what we had to do.
Won’t forget, can’t regret
What I did for
Love What I did for Love
What I did for…
Love Love is never gone
As we travel one
Love’s what we’ll remember
Kiss today goodbye. And point me t’ward tomorrow.
Point me t’ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do. Won’t forget, can’t regret
What I did for love. What I did for love.
What I did for love

It made me start to think…. here I am, 50 years old, a heavyset balding, jewish boy from brooklyn… and I’m still struggling to make it as an actor. Oh I have some decent credits… but I want to be a full time working….ACTOR. No wait I want to be a star! Yes, I do… I want to sign autographs, and I want it all.

I have my production company which is starting to pick up some momentum, but where, when, how am I going to get my stardom?
Sounds foolish doesn’t it? But that’s all I know and desire…. I’m not complaining… and I really have it pretty damn good!
My survival jobs are great and bring in enough income for me to only work Tue Wed Thur… now that’s not including the ushering, but that doesn’t count… that fun to do. Who know’s if I’ll get what I want… but I really enjoy the process itis taking for me to get there. For example: my schedule for the next few days is:

I have vocal class at 11:30am, then I’m editing a short film for a buddy which is going to festival, then I’m going with a friend to see another friend in an off off Broadway show. And on Monday I am shooting footage an actress which I’m designing her Press Kit for DVD…. Not bad
Yes I am thankful and grateful for where I am, even though I do want more…. God I hope someone else is reading this…
who can understand what I saying……..
Time to become a couch potato and veg abit….
Thanks for listening to me Doc……
Oh, the best news of the day….. I’m going back to Paris… April 12th – 19th….and I’m renting a studio apt for less than I paid for the hotel I stayed in last time…
That’s my life here in New York City.

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