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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.

-Jeff

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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

Photo from my HAIRSPRAY audition

In Actor's Life, Broadway Usher's Life on December 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm

My Pop found this long-lost photo from my Broadway HAIRSPRAY audition circa 2004. Looks pretty good… check out those legs! It took me about 3 hours to prepare for this audition and it garnished me a call back,   but alas… I did not get cast. The song I sang was THOSE WERE THE DAYS, the song Jean Stapleton sang in character as Edith Bunker for the opening credits of the famous 1970’s TV Show ALL IN THE FAMILY.

PS… Being frustrated about a wig, you can notice the hair rollers I sewed to the kerchief, then added slippers to get that worn housewife look.

At the theater last night someone dropped their ticket in the lobby and apparently an elderly woman picked it up and used it to enter the theater.  She then went to the  box office and tried to exchange it for another seat. When the scam was found out, the elderly woman raced up the stairs and out of the theater in the falling snow… not to be seen again.  Boy I wish I could run up the stairs  like her!

In snow-laden New York City,

-Jeff

The Red Hat Society

In Broadway Usher's Life on December 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Last night at the theatre I sat some women who all had one thing in common… a piece of red clothing. I though they might be the Red Hat Women. Just returning from Florida a cousin of mine, is a Red Hat down there.

So I asked these women and although they were not from the Red Hat Society, they knew of it and express their interest in being part of it.

You can read more about The Red Hat Society at http://www.redhatsociety.com

That’s it from New York City as we prepare for our first very significant (6-9 inches) snowfall this year, and I’m working matinee & evening shows today.

-Jeff

Tiara to come…

In Broadway Usher's Life on September 14, 2009 at 7:01 am

A woman stepped into the theatre the other evening dressed in a green flowing evening gown.

She had a white mink stole with opera gloves, and a tiara sparkling through her radiant red hair.             Everyone noticed, as I watched her my head flooded with images of Audrey Hepburn.

How wonderful that someone dressed the way they felt. It probably never occurred to her that so      many people would be affected by the way she dressed. From the woman in the 3rd row reminiscing  her own prom while elbowing her husband saying “Hurry John, look at her” to the teenage boy with   his mouth wide open, to me… watching her and silently applauding her for her individuality in a time when people don’t have the patience to be themselves anymore.

We later found out she was celebrating her engagement. Cheers to her and her very fortunate  husband to be.

I’ve sat…

In Broadway Usher's Life on May 24, 2008 at 4:29 am

Coming home tonight I thought… I really do love my life.

I don’t have everything I’d like, I haven’t reached some goals yet, But I am so very much enjoying the journey I am taking to reach my goals.

Ups and downs we all have them, right now I am on an up… (no drugs either).

One of the perks from working as a Broadway Usher is the celebrities I seat.  Some of them are priceless and need to be documented.

I seated in the past 2 weeks:
Diane Keaton
Julie Andrews
Geraldo Rivera
and Polly Bergen.

I had wonderful words with them (short & informal) but they were sweet & genuine.

So not being onstage but in front of the stage, even though it’s a survival job until more acting gigs come in for me… I still enjoy it…. for the moment.

Have a very good evening tonight!
-Jeff in NYC

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