Well, as is fitting for our engagement in Detroit, we had the most BUSTED opening night party. Actually, that’s not entirely true. It was actually pretty fun, but mostly because it was so unbelievably tacky. The press office arranged it so we all blame them. It took place at a restaurant in downtown Detroit (mistake #1) called Mario’s, which was not closed to host our party, but open and serving dinner to it’s Friday regulars. We felt like we were interrupting someone else’s party. There was a really bad duo playing cover songs in the back room and the Friday night regulars were already dancing up a storm.
We were hoping with a name like “Mario’s”, that maybe the buffet would include some decent italian food. Instead we got this:
That’s right, y’all, BARBECUED COCKTAIL WEINIES. Perfect, right?
So we finally had to just laugh about the whole evening and give in to the pure tackiness of it and just live it and have fun. Of course leave it to Paula and Daryl to make that happen. They got everyone dancing, and put the locals to shame.
So that was our opening night in Detroit! Pretty hilarious.
By the way, I finally had a chance to take a picture of our stage door via gas station:
The brown door in the background is indeed where we enter to go to work. Again, perfect.
The next highlight of this weekend in Detroit was dinner Saturday between shows at the Buffet at Motor City, one of the casinos. It was a blast – Ken, Brian, Rachel and I and our two company managers, Karl and Jeff, headed over there and partook of the enormous food spread. It was actually really good, especially after a week of sandwiches. It was nice to have some warm food.
In fact, the buffet was so good, that even international celebrities like Santa Claus eat there:
The boys also got in about fifteen minutes worth of gambling before we had to head back to work. Ken won $65 and Brian won $90. Pretty good for fifteen minutes!
On Sunday, Brian, Rachel and I gave Ken his Christmas present – a chocolate fondue fountain that he has apparently been talking about since the show was in Boston. Rachel went out and bought all the ingredients for the chocolate sauce and things to dip in it and we set it up between shows in our office. It was a hit!
Last night was Rachel’s going away party, as well as the going away party for Bradley Dean who plays Galahad, Brandi Wooten who is one of the swings, and Marcus who mixes sound. It was sad saying goodbye to all of them – Brandi and Bradley were with the show when we did the rehearsals in NYC last winter so I met them then, and Rachel has been with the show since rehearsals for the Broadway company. We went to a billiards club in Royal Oak (near where we are staying) and there was a fun cover band playing.
It was a really fun night…and actually the evening before Rachel and Esther hosted a wine and cheese party in their rooms at the Candlewood, which was also very fun. I forgot to bring my camera to that party, though, which is a shame because Paula, Jamie and Brian all brought their dogs over. Five dogs in a hotel room! Pretty funny – they were really cute, everyone was fawning all over them.
Tony Holds, who is a friend of mine from the Trailer Park Musical, came into town on Saturday to join the company as the new Galahad, taking over for Bradley. I’m so glad he’s here – a familiar face, and another “new kid”. He’s also a really fun person and I think will be a great energy to have around.
I also got to experience my first “shot night” on Sunday! Every Sunday, someone in the cast hosts “shot night” in their dressing room after the show. This past Sunday it was Patrick (Lancelot) and Robert (Robin), and we all did shots of Southern Comfort and lime. Woo-hoo!
Rachel left early this morning to go back to New York, so now the job of 2nd assistant is all me. Yikes! I feel really good about the deck track, though, and now I just have to learn to call the show! I watched last night from the sound board, which was great, since I haven’t seen the show since Boston. I’d forgotten how funny some of it… well most of it, is.
So now its my day off and I’m off to do laundry. More soon!