Back to Detroit – Where it all started!

I drove to Detroit with David, one of our company managers, the day after we closed in Chicago. The four and a half hours flew by as David and I chatted and gossiped, and before we knew it, we were at the Residence Inn in Troy, Michigan. The Residence Inn in Troy is the very hotel where I began this tour over two years ago! It was a nice place to ease into the touring life, and so it has a sentimental place in my heart. I was so excited to have a kitchen again after two weeks of not even having a fridge in Chicago, so I went to the grocery store immediately and stocked up.

The next day I joined the load-in at the Fisher Theater. The Fisher was just the same as I remembered. Small. Gold. Kinda dirty. Nice crew. I’m glad that I have a good camera now, because the photos I took of the Fisher the first time around, just didn’t do it justice. The shots I took this time are much better, but the theater really must be seen to be believed. It was remodeled in the 1960’s and the decor is definitely a product of that time! There’s not a lot near the Fisher Building, but there is an awesome yarn shop called City Knits which is in the same building as the theater! Another reason why I don’t hate Detroit. For lunch, we piled in Ken’s car and went to the Motor City casino buffet. Awesome. Yet another reason not to hate Detroit.

The Fisher Theater

The Fisher Theater

Yellow seats

Yellow seats

There is no space backstage at the Fisher. I remember, on my first day with the show, wondering how we were ever going to make it work in that space. It’s difficult. Ken and I put our heads together and reconfigured the quick change booths on stage right so that both the boys and girls had room to dress on deck this time around. The last time we played the Fisher, the girls dressed in the stairwell. It was not ideal.

The show opening night was a bit nutty because of the space constraints, but all in all, it went well. It was Jeff Dumas’s first night back with us as Patsy – he was great, as always.

Jeff Dumas as Patsy

Jeff Dumas as Patsy

We had heard horror stories about the very low numbers of tickets sold – but the audiences weren’t terribly small (who knows how many of those tickets were given away – but who cares! Butts in seats is all we wanted) – and they made up for their small size in enthusiasm. We had great audiences the whole run!

I wish I had all kinds of interesting things to say about my first week back in Detroit, but I don’t. Chicago had been such a busy couple of weeks, that I took advantage of having some down time. I finished my “Wicked” sweater (to be written up in another post!), I finished getting my tax prep together, I did some shopping, and I cooked!

I brought my camera to work on Saturday and snapped some pics backstage. Here are my favorites:

Thread in the wardrobe department

Thread in the wardrobe department

The girls waiting to enter

The girls waiting to enter

Jen, passing the time backstage.

Jen, passing the time backstage.

Fly Rail

Fly Rail

Between shows on Sunday, Ken, Karl, David, Jovon, Ryan and I went to Mario’s for dinner between shows. Mario’s was the site of our infamous opening night party for the Detroit run in 2006. It was just as gawdy and over-the-top as I remembered.

Dinner at Marios

Dinner at Marios

On Monday and Tuesday of our second week in town, I ran lots of errands and caught a movie with Ryan – “Slumdog Millionaire”. I have to say, I enjoyed the movie, but wasn’t blown away by it. I guess maybe my expectations were too high.

On Wednesday we had a big photo call to get shots of all our new cast members. I love photo calls because they give me a chance to get some shots of the show as well. Here are some of my faves:

Matt Allen as the nun

Matt Allen as the nun

The Laker Girls

The Laker Girls

Paula in "Camelot"

Paula in "Camelot"

Jen getting ready for the Wedding

Jen getting ready for the Wedding

Merle as the Lady of the Lake

Merle as the Lady of the Lake

On Thursday night a group from the show went bowling near the hotel in Troy. It was a lot of fun, even though I bowled a terrible game!

Nigel getting ready to bowl

Nigel getting ready to bowl

On Friday, Trudy and Linda, the best entertainment accountants ever, were in town to do taxes. I met with Linda and it seems like I should get a nice chunk back, but we are still waiting to get all my Canadian paperwork back for the three months we played there.

Saturday and Sunday were four shows, and then Monday we were off to Huntsville, Alabama and warmer weather! So long, Detroit! ‘Til next time.

Tallulah, helping me pack

Tallulah, helping me pack

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3 thoughts on “Back to Detroit – Where it all started!

  1. Your photos are as good as any I’ve ever seen in a coffee table art book. You should start collecting releases from people now and put together a collection to start pitching to publishers after the tour. Each chapter could be a city and it could have travel photos, backstage photos etc.

    The title . . . Travels with Tallulah

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