Miami was a great week – it was the first week in a while without rehearsals or photo shoots or matinees. That meant three whole afternoons free to spend in the sunshine.
There was plenty of sunshine to be had, but also some crazy torrential rain storms as well – luckily the storms were sparse enough to allow for ample beach time.
Ryan and I drove in on Monday from Fort Myers and attempted to get into our rental apartment in South Beach before Ryan had to be at load-in. Unfortunately the apartment was still being cleaned so we went to get some lunch and I went back after dropping Ryan off at work and got us all settled in. The apartment was really cute – and in a great location, just five blocks from the beach, near a Wild Oats grocery store, and close to tons of shopping! We spent a very happy week there.
As for the show, the theater in Miami – the Adrienne Arsht – was stupid big. I mean, really stupid big. I don’t know what show could possibly need all the space backstage – we could have fit three Spamalots in there. Needless to say, load-in went quite smoothly with plenty of room for everything and everyone. We had a leisurely load-in lunch in South Beach, followed by a trip to see Ken’s new condo.
Gary debuted as the King on Tuesday – he was funny and charming, and will be really great once he gets comfortable in the role. Peter Lawrence, our associate director, and Todd Ellison, the Broadway musical director, were in town to see Gary’s opening night, and were thrilled with his performance. The following day, our review came out in the Miami Herald (a rave), with a photo of Gary accompanying it, taken by me!
It rained most of the day Wednesday, so apart from some grocery shopping, we didn’t really venture out. On Thursday Ryan and I got our bikes out and rode up the coast a ways – Miami Beach is really gorgeous, with clear blue water and soft light sand. It was a beautiful ride. We stopped by a tattoo shop on the way back to the apartment and Ryan made an appointment for the following day with E. Ray, who has tattooed Ken, Scott Gibson (our prop guy) and Mike Berg (our pyro guy).
Friday was beach day. Ryan and I picked up sandwiches from a great shop called The Sandwichery and headed to the water. I spent all afternoon lounging in the sand and going for a dip in the ocean. Ryan left mid-afternoon to go to his tattoo appointment, but Mike Berg’s session ended up running late, so Ryan had to reschedule for this week.
Friday night was the 2nd Anniversary party for the show. Our company managers threw us a party at the Oasis at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. The setting was gorgeous – outside near the beach and the hotel pool. We had a barbeque buffet and lots of free booze. Everyone dressed up in their best – it was a great night.
On Saturday, Jenn Rias, one of our newest ensemble members, hosted shot night. It was a yummy, but strong, chocolate-coconut concoction. Afterwards, Ryan and I went out for a drink with Alex, a friend of Ryan’s from Green Bay, who now lives and works in Miami.
On Sunday we loaded out and said goodbye to Jeff Klein, our associate company manager, and one of the few remaining original company members. Jeff is heading off to company manage the “Avenue Q” tour, which Fran joined. He will be missed!
Miami is a bit of a strange town – the parts of it that I saw outside of South Beach (which wasn’t all that much) seem pretty run-down and sketchy. South Beach itself is a mix of glamourous hotels and restaurants, and laid-back beach living. It’s not somewhere I would want to live, but it was nice to visit for the week. I loved the close proximity of everything, and the ability to ride my bike or walk to wherever I needed to go. And of course, it was fantastic to be near the ocean.
This week we are playing West Palm Beach, just a short hour’s drive from Miami – our Florida adventure continues!