August 4, 2008
Welcome to Like You Like It week! Tonight, Anthony Rapp performed the song Be With Me in the
June 30, 2008
The B*tch rides again! Tonight, Dan and I and the rest of the B*tchers did the show at the York Theatre (our new best friends). Once again, Carlos Armesto directed and Brian Cimmet music directed our cast Becca Ayers, James Donegan, David Perlman, Amy Rutberg and Joanna Young (seven months pregnany with twins - what a trouper!!!). We added two new songs - "The Law & Order Song" for Becca Ayers and "The Reversal Song," for which Dan did the lyrics and I did the music. James and David played Dan and me (respectively). We had another sold-out crowd. What a special night! And we had some very exciting news: The Gallery Players in Brooklyn is producing Like You Like It this fall, October 18 - November 2! Igor Goldin, who directed the show last year in Houston, once again takes the helm. We are beyond excited.
June 22, 2008
It's all about level 3 now at UCB. I start UCB 301 today - doing it over twelve weeks instead of two. Let's see how that pans out.
May 19, 2008
I co-hosted the NEO4 Benefit at the York Theatre tonight with none other than the fabulous Ms. Amanda Green. There was much witty repartée to be had. It was great to introduce songs by my friends and classmates Brian Feinstein & Amanda Yesnowitz, Noel Katz, Brad Alexander & Adam Mathias, Kirsten A. Guenther & Ryan Scott Oliver, James-Allen Ford & Sara Wordsworth, Curtis Moore & Thomas Mizer, Andy Monroe and Joe & David Zellnik. The York is presenting The 7-Year B*tch on Monday June 30. Can't wait!
May 11, 2008
My UCB 201 class was great today in our class show. I got to play a grandpa who told stories and sounded suspiciously like my father and uncle. Will be taking 301, but not the intensive. Some of my classmates start their 301 level next week - so will see their show in about two weeks.
May 2, 2008
Saw Gypsy. Rudin got us Row F on the aisle where Patti LuPone walks down. A theatrical evening I will always remember. Amazing show. Like a new work. Speechless.
April 30, 2008
Had an AMAZING reading of my screenplay It Takes the Village Director Elizabeth Lucas and I assembled quite the cast to sit in my living room and bring it to life. Onward! Special thanks to David Cornue, Jay DeYonker, Scott Denny, James Donegan, Emily McNamara, Ashley Robinson, Tina Stafford and Kenny Wade Marshall!
April 28, 2008
Here we go again - next UCB improv class. Show is on Mother's Day... I see a trend.
April 24, 2008
Spoke to my friend Kate Lambert's high school AP Shakespeare class about Like You Like It and modern adaptations. The class had some very good questions.
April 16, 2008
This has got to be one of the more surreal days ever. Was back at USC. Tonight (VERY LATE) was the alumni show of Commedus Interruptus, the comedy troupe of which I was one of the first members. It's 18 years later and still popular at SC! It was a wild night. I had some good moments as a competitive eater as well as a mother serviing bloody watermelon. Yes. Improv seems to happen that way. It was amazing to see Jennifer Glickman and Dan and Jill Friesen again.
March 23, 2008
Show went well. Had a fun scene in which I spoke in punctuation. Gonna take the next level...
March 17, 2008
Started my first improv class in 12 years. That creaky sound you hear is me trying to improvise. It's going to be a weeklong intensive - with a show on SUNDAY (Easter). Wish me luck.
March 13, 2008
Überproducer Scott Rudin just had a party to thank us for our work on No Country for Old Men. The man walked up to me and said, "So, I understand you want to see Gypsy." Um, er, uh, sure! And he knows my name now.
February 24, 2008
Seriously, Oscars. We won. Nothing like No Country for Old Men - sooooo glad Oscar season is over! But wow, um, we won.
November 15, 2007
If you want to hear and see a cut song from Like You Like It (one of the first written AND first cut from the show), check out LYLIer and The 7-Year B*tch castmember David Perlman's website. It's "Phil's [original] Answer (aka Betty White)," as sung by David and Amy Rutberg in the October 1, 2007, production of the B*tch.
November 13, 2007
Shakespeare meets John Hughes meets the internet!
Check out the retro-MTV-style music video of "Be a Little Wild" on youtube.com, featuring the cast from our Theatre Under The Stars/Sam Houston State University production Briana Resa as Rosalind, Grace Marie Walton as Celia, Robby Bardwell as Eddie/Teacher, Lee Jane Walker as Jackie, Nkrumah Gatling as Orlando, Nikki Anthony, Mark Capalbo, Kent J. Coppock, Christie DeBacker, Dylan Godwin, Mitchell Greco, Rebekah Allyse Harris, Tony Johnson, Nathan Ryan Linn, Larry A. Lozier, Jr., Pamela Moore, Rebecca Naomi Moyes, Jordan Muller, Jordan O’Hara Smith, Amanda Spindola, Katey Tidwell, Sandy Valles, Johann Robert Wood with direction by Igor Goldin and choreography by Jeffrey J. Bateman. Vocals are by Rebecca Soler as Rosalind, with Becca Ayers, Jeff Gurner, Adam Overett, Joshua Park, Jamie McGonnigal, Tara Sands and Joanna Young.
November 5, 2007
The 7-Year B*tch *an anniversary concert of two never-was has-beens, fills the house at The Beechman Theater! We even had 30 people on the waiting list. Not bad for only ten days of marketing. So, hopefully we will do the show again in the spring.
If you want to be part of the mailing list, email email@example.com. Many, many thanks to our cast Becca Ayers, James Donegan, David Perlman, Amy Rutberg, Joanna Young and music director/bass singer/therapist Brian Cimmet, as well as to fabulous director Carlos Armesto and our press guru Scott Denny, who got us a great mention on broadwayworld.com, as well as a lot of other theatre-oriented sites.
October 25, 2007
We made a decision: The B*tch is back! We only have ten days to fill the house, but we're remounting The 7-Year B*tch at THE BEECHMAN THEATER, 407 West 42nd Street.
We'll be "unplugged," with only piano and drums, and James Donegan is back in the cast, and - get this - we'll be right across the street from The Beckett Theatre, where Like You Like It played in the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004! It's taken three years to cross one street. For reservations, call 212.695.6909. It's a $10 cover/$15 food & drink minimum (and it's great food).
October 22, 2007
This is getting ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time. The 7-Year B*tch, Dan Acquisto's and my concert/revue/almost-book-musical about Like You Like It's long journey was just named an OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL in the Talking Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citations. Many, many thanks to Peter Filichia, who chose us among all the other NYMF, Fringe and other festival shows! We are proud to share the award with Unlock'd (I am so happy to have introduced writer Sam Carner to director Igor Goldin last year!) and Such Good Friends (by friend Noel Katz, with whom I was in the comedy troupe White Horse Experiment in 1996. Namedropping alert: Kate Walsh was in the troupe, too).
October 5, 2007
So, it's 1:10am, Dan Acquisto, Scott Denny and I are at Yoshinoya Beef Bowl on 42nd Street, surfing the net on Scott's iPhone for the 1:00am posting of Peter Filichia's theatermania.com column about The 7-Year B*tch. He mentioned us in a column way back after the first reading of Like You Like It, and he has been a tremendous source of support.
Peter emailed us the other day to let us know he was writing about it in his Friday column, but little did we know what a rave it would be! He calls it "The Seven-Year Hit!" and goes on to compare us toi [title of show]. Read his amazing review. We DEFINTIELY want to do the show again now!
October 1, 2007
WOW! The 7-Year B*tch went so well! Many thanks to Kris Stewart for his lovely pre-curtain speech. The theatre was packed, we had a great response - and just might do it again. Stay tuned!
September 25, 2007
Congratulations to James Donegan, one of the The 7-Year B*tch castmembers, who now will star in Forbidden Broadway! He'll be replaced in The 7-Year B*tch by Nick Dothee.
September 20, 2007
We're well underway into rehearsals of our one-night concert in the New Yotk Musical Theatre Festival, The 7-Year B*tch. Our cast (Becca Ayers, James Donegan, David Perlman, Amy Rutberg, Joanna Young) is awesome, and it has been fun to be on stage (Dan and I both sing and act in this one). Our director Carlos Armesto, is doing a great job. We open in eleven days and are already sold out (but just show up and maybe you will be able to get seats: OCTOBER 1, 8 P.M., TBG THEATER, 312 W. 36TH ST.
September 12, 2007
I'm going to be an uncle in March!
August 26, 2007
After an intense 18 days (about 6 of which I was actually on set), Red Hook has finished shooting. We wrapped at about 7 a.m. after quite a few late night shoots. There's nothing like Junior's deli at 4 a.m. for "lunch."
August 10, 2007
There's lots of exciting things happening (in fact, so exciting, I have been too busy to update the site with links to all these articles about Like You Like It in Texas, as well as announcing about Red Hook's commencement of principal photography. And I'm wearing a different pair of glasses than usual.