What a Week.

Last Saturday in Philadelphia, while at dinner with Roy and Jaki, my purse was stolen. We were in an Irish pub and it was a little crazy in there as the Phillies game was on, so I didn’t think anything of it when the lady sitting behind me bumped my chair. When I turned around to grab my purse a couple of minutes later to pay the bill, and realized it was gone, I knew immediately that she had taken it.

Jaki ran down the street and tried to stop the woman who was jumping into a cab. The stagehands outside the theater said they had seen her hand something off to a guy who had taken off down Broad Street. We called the cops, filed a report, walked around looking in trash cans for a while, but in the end I gave up and went back to the theater to start the long process of canceling EVERYTHING. The biggest problem was not the credit cards, or the money, or even the fact that my cell phone and i-pod had been snatched, but that my passport and green card  were in my purse. And we were leaving for Canada in one week.

This last week has been completely engulfed in dealing with the Great Stolen Purse Caper of ’08.

The first two shows of the following week, which we were playing in Hartford, were canceled due to lack of ticket sales, so to save on labor costs over Labor Day, the load-out in Philly was postponed until Tuesday. Ryan’s birthday was Tuesday, so we took advantage of the Monday off to celebrate his day, and also to do some purse reconnaissance. We went to the police station, where I got a copy of the police report, I bought a new phone (an i-phone!), and I went to Kinkos to get some new passport photos taken. That night was all about Ryan’s birthday. After a long bike ride up the Schuykill River, we had a lovely dinner at Alma de Cuba.

Consolation Prize

Consolation Prize

The next day I was on a 6:52am train to New York to be at the DMV when it opened to get a new driver’s license. Complicating the fact that I now had no ID to get across the border to Canada, I also had been planning on driving, so I needed to get a temporary license in a hurry. The DMV was surprisingly painless and I was in and out in fifteen minutes, which just doesn’t happen, especially in New York. After that I went to Citibank to close all my accounts and re-open new ones (my checkbook was also in my purse). I was on a noon train back to Philly, checked out of my apartment by 3:00pm and on a tour bus to Hartford with the crew by 5pm. We arrived in Hartford that night around 10pm. I was pooped.

On Wednesday I had an appointment at the immigration office in Hartford. I knew it was a long shot as everything has to be processed in your place of residence, but New York’s immigration office doesn’t take appointments, and I needed to figure out what to do. Now, I have had some terrible experiences in immigration offices (seeing a man thrown to the floor by security for defending his wife who was being berated for having nail clippers in her purse was one of the worst sights I have ever seen). Luckily, I was helped by an angel of an immigration officer in Hartford, who took pity on me as I broke down in tears at her window. She sent me back to the hotel to e-file my form for a new green card and pay for it online, and then I came back to her with a receipt and a copy of my work contract and she gave me a temporary green card good for six months! When my file is processed, I will eventually be summoned to New York and will have to go no matter where I am, but for the time being, I should be okay to get into Canada and  hopefully back. I am so thankful and grateful to that woman officer for being a superior, kind, human being!!

That afternoon I rehearsed a new ensemble guy, Lenny, along with our dance captains, at Hartford Stage’s rehearsal studio. Michael Wilson and Jeremy Cohen, the artistic director and associate artistic director, stopped in to see me. It was so, so nice to see them and made me feel so good that they still want me to come back at work with them sometime. I would love to! And it made me feel so appreciated and so “worth” something, if that makes sense. It’s nice to be reminded of your worth every once in a while. It really made for a great day, seeing the two of them.

On Thursday we finished loading in the show and opened with our new King Arthur, Jonathan Hadary. Jonathan is a very different king from Michael Siberry and Gary, but I like him! It’s nice having a new energy in the show. The crew in Hartford is much the same as the last time we were there. They are super strict when it comes to the “rules” and can be very loud backstage, but they are generally a good group of stagehands, and it was a smooth opening. It helped having the two same prop guys as the last time we were in town.

On Friday I did some more purse reconnaissance. My birth certificate arrived. A credit card arrived! Phew, I have the necessary items now to rent a car.

On Saturday, the storm Hanna hit. It was torrential rain and really gusty winds. Ryan and I got soaked walking back to the Hilton after the show. This morning, Sunday, we arrived back at the theater for the matinee, to find the place totally without power. A transformer had blown up during the storm, leaving even the generator useless. So, both shows were canceled. We took the actors in groups with flashlights to clean up their dressing rooms and pack their trunks. We packed up our office in the dark. Another generator was sent over to provide enough power for the guys to load out the show. I spent the afternoon back at the hotel doing laundry and then had dinner with Ken and Karl. We stopped by the theater again after dinner and the crew were doing great getting everything packed up in semi-darkness.

Show canceled

Show canceled

It has been the most surreal week.

So wish me luck as I set off for Toronto tomorrow. Hopefully I can get across the border without too much hassle. Fingers crossed.

And once I am there I am going straight to Roots to buy another purse. Take that, purse-nappers!

Philadelphia Redux

It has been really nice coming back to Philadelphia – not only because it is a great city, but because it is so familiar. It has been a really easy couple of weeks, living in the center of the city and near everything, and already knowing where everything is! It has also been nice because it has been a productive couple of weeks. Being that I did a lot of sightseeing the last time we were here, I haven’t felt the need to rush out everyday and see something. Instead I’ve been able to get some housekeeping things done – like reorganizing my trunk and shopping for Ryan’s birthday – without feeling like I should be out seeing the sights. But that’s not to say that I haven’t seen anything.

Last Monday Ryan and I ventured over to the Eastern State Penitentiary, an old prison that I had heard about the last time we were here, but didn’t get a chance to see. It is very close to downtown, and was open until 1971 – I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live in one of the houses across the street from it – creepy!! The prison itself looks like an old fortress. It is very dark and dank, but really fascinating. Al Capone was imprisoned there for a while! We had fun walking around taking arty photos.

The following day we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is enormous! I was exhausted after four plus hours of wandering around the galleries, but we did see some cool stuff – including a exhibit of jewelry by Calder, who is known for his mobiles. On the way there we snapped some photos at Logan Circle. The last time we were in Philadelphia, it was winter, so none of the city’s fountains were on – since it is summer this time, the fountains are all on, and they look amazing!

On Thursday there was a going-away party for Keith Martin, our automation guy. Keith has been with the show since it opened, and he will be missed. Ryan organized the going-away party as he and Keith have grown pretty close in the last year. Ryan is taking over the automation job now that Keith is gone. The party was a lot of fun, but Ryan got a tad drunk and did not have a very good time of it the next day!!

Spam Fam hanging at Misconduct

Spam Fam hanging at Misconduct

This past Monday, Ryan and I set out for another day in New York. I had a dentist appointment, and I also needed to go to my storage unit to drop off some boxes, but other than that we had a nice day walking around the city, even if there were a few too many tourist out and about. We went to B&H, the giant camera shop in midtown, which was extremely overwhelming! I will have to go back though when I am in town in October and spend some more time looking around. I have never seen so much camera equipment in one place! We had some yummy street meat for lunch at Columbus Circle after a short walk through the park. We also headed downtown so that Ryan could see Ground Zero and take a peek at the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park. For dinner we went to the Village and ate at Tea and Sympathy. Yum! It was a nice way to end the day!

Tea and Sympathy

Tea and Sympathy

Chicken and Leek Pie

Chicken and Leek Pie

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Rhubarb crumble with Bird's custard

Rhubarb crumble with Bird's custard

Back in Philly, on Tuesday we ventured down to South Street to see The Magic Garden – a project by the mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. I had walked by the Magic Garden the last time we were in town, but it was really cool to go inside. The mosaic work is amazing! Zagar has been working on it since 1991.

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The going-away parties are now in full swing. Last night was Vera’s party – Vera is our prop head and has also been here since the beginning of the tour. We went bowling at Lucky Strike – it was really fun. Tonight is Gary Beach’s going-away party. This week we are rehearsing our new King Arthur, Jonathan Hadary, who played the role on Broadway. In the next six weeks we are also putting in three new ensemble members and a new Lancelot. Plus our associate conductor, Adam, is leaving. Whew.

So, a few more days here in Philly until we move on to Hartford. Unfortunately our first two shows in Hartford have been cancelled, so the guys are loading out the show in Philly on Tuesday so that everyone can have Labor Day off. I’ll travel with the crew to Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. There are worse things than having two more days in Philly!

Back to Philly, and back to New York City!!

I was so overjoyed to get back to Philadelphia, one of my favorite stops from last year. It was a long-ass travel day but we finally arrived in the City of Brotherly Love and checked into our super huge, super plush Rittenhouse apartment. I had found this apartment building a while back, and to rent on our own was way too expensive, but at the last minute the rental company struck up a group rate for our show, and so we are in this amazing apartment for less that what the hotel option cost! I haven’t taken any photos yet, but I will. The best part is the location – we look right down on Rittenhouse Square, which is a small park surrounded by restaurants and shopping, and only a few short blocks from the theater.

On Monday night, Ryan and I revisited our favorite bar in Philly, Monks, for dinner. Monks has tons and tons of beer on tap and in bottles from all over the world for you to choose from. They also have a very eclectic, delicious menu. I had a duck salad. Yum! And of course a side of pommes frites, which are so good at Monks. There was a group of Spam company members already at the bar. Everyone remembered this place and picked it as the first to return to!

On Tuesday I joined Zipcar! How awesome is Zipcar? You reserve a car online and then just go to where it is parked and drive it away – no dealing with showing up at a rental car place and being told they have no cars. It’s awesome. I walked over to the Zipcar office and picked up my membership card, and then promptly reserved a car for the afternoon. We spent the whole afternoon grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and then DROVE the groceries home! That night, we ate at Alma de Cuba, another amazing restaurant that we had promised ourselves we would return to.

Ryan eyeing the sampler plate at Alma de Cuba

Ryan eyeing the sampler plate at Alma de Cuba

On Wednesday, I woke up early and Tallulah and I drove to New York City. Tallulah was due for her yearly vet appointment, and it was great that we were close enough to the city to go to her own vet, Dr. Ramos. We met up with Andrea for breakfast and then set off for the vet. Tallulah did so well – and she has lost two pounds since last year! Yay for the Catkins diet! Dr. Ramos was very pleased with her weight and overall health.

Back in the Heights

Back in the Heights

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Then we drove to Brooklyn and spent a blissful afternoon with Patty, eating lunch and knitting on her roof deck. Tallulah didn’t know what to do with herself, between the bees and the butterflies, and the amazing smells of Patty’s flowers and vegetable garden.
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There was one scary moment when Tallulah decided to check out the space UNDERNEATH the deck, but Patty smartly crafted a kitty toy out of a circular knitting cable and some stitch markers, and we lured her out.

We headed back to Philly that evening, pooped, but happy. Thanks, Patty!

We loaded the show in to the Academy of Music on Thursday. It was nice to see so many familiar faces on the crew – especially the wardrobe staff. Those ladies (and gents) are so nice, especially Pam, who dresses Patrick. It’s great to be working with them again.

On Friday I started the big sort through of my trunk. I am going back to New York next Monday and plan on driving up to my storage unit and leaving a bunch of stuff there.

Saturday we had a visit from our union reps to discuss ratifying the proposed new production contract. This contract governs all Broadway shows and tours. The new proposal is not a good one. I won’t go into all the gory details here, but the per diem rate being offered is horribly behind the times. With rising hotel rates, we are no longer able to pay for our hotels and meals solely out of our per diem. The new contract doesn’t offer any help in that area. There are also some aspects affecting stage managers that have been sorely overlooked. Anyway, to make a long story short, it wasn’t a happy meeting. Although I didn’t speak up at the meeting (there were plenty of other people doing that), I feel I have been very communicative with the union through emails expressing my concerns over the new contract. I feel satisfied that I have spoken up in that way, and that I’m not just sending in a “no” vote and not explaining why. I don’t necessarily think anything can happen now, but maybe three years from now, when the contract is renegotiated again, perhaps some of these concerns will be taken into consideration. One can only hope.

Other than that, life has been all about the Olympics. I’ve been addicted to the swimming and the gymnastics. Michael Phelps is super-human! Go USA!

Hope you all had a great week!

South Street Pub Crawl

Last Thursday Ryan (carpenter) organized a pub crawl on South Street. We had a strict schedule of hitting each bar for half an hour each, with ten minutes travel time in between. There were five bars on the agenda. South Street is an area that is much like Haight Ashbury or St. Mark’s Place – lots of fun bars and restaurants and a very young vibe. A good sized group of Spamalot cast and crew took part – a great time was had by all! Everyone is already talking about when we can plan the next one.

Stop One: Downey’s

Downey’s was your typical Irish pub with a big bar and lots of regular customers. There was also a really cheesy karaoke system set up which seemed to only play Billy Joel songs. Some of our crowd got some appetizers here and we all had a couple of beers while we waited for all the group to assemble. By the time we left Downey’s the following people were amongst the group: myself, Ryan, Tony (sound), Fran (wardrobe), Kiala (a friend of Fran’s), Elaine (hair), Steve (props), Patrick (Lancelot), Piper (swing), Esther (Lady of the Lake standby), Amy (female ensemble), Naomi (female ensemble) and Erik (male ensemble).

Stop Two: Kildare’s

Kildare’s was another Irish pub, only it was larger than Downey’s, with two full bars. There was also a band playing, whom Ryan got to sing a Tenacious D song and dedicate it to the Spamalot Pub Crawl! Kildare’s was very crowded but had a cool young vibe to it.

Stop Three: Mako’s Retired Surfer Club

Esther and Patrick

Esther and Patrick

Ryan, Tony, Piper and Erik

Ryan, Tony, Piper and Erik

Me, Elaine and Naomi

Me, Elaine and Naomi

Mako’s was the biggest dive on the schedule – the crowd there was young, college-age and the beer of choice seemed to be Pabst Blue Ribbon. Patrick bought a round of lemon drop shots for all of us.

Stop Four: Blarney’s

Tony and Esther

Tony and Esther

Tony, Erik, Nigel and Piper

Tony, Erik, Nigel and Piper

Blarney’s was dead! We were the only ones in there! We decided to have one quick drink and then make a pit stop to get cheesesteaks at Jim’s. I shared a Chimay with Steve and Elaine – I had to start pacing myself! We were all pleasantly surprised when Nigel appeared at this bar – he is our new male swing who had made his debut that night in Erik’s track. He had gone out for drinks with his parents after the show but then managed to track us down, thanks to Ryan’s well-planned itinerary.

Stop Four and a Half: Jim’s Cheesesteaks

Piper outside the shop

Piper outside the shop

Naomi and Patrick in line

Naomi and Patrick in line

Esther and Steve

Esther and Steve

Jim’s Cheesesteaks is apparently one of the famous places in town to get the Philly cheesesteak. You have to know exactly how to order or else you will get yelled at. I shared a “whiz” (steak with cheese whiz) “with” (onions), also with sweet peppers. It was gross and good all at the same time. Probably was a good thing to sop up some of the alcohol.

Stop Five: Tattooed Mom

Naomi and Patrick

Naomi and Patrick

Piper, Esther and Nigel

Piper, Esther and Nigel

Erik and Ryan

Erik and Ryan

Tony, Piper, Esther and Nigel

 Tattooed Mom was a lot of fun – it was two levels with two different bars. The upstairs was covered in graffiti and had couches and bumper cars to sit in! It was a great spot to finish up the night.

A very successful pub crawl – looking forward to the next one!

Sightseeing in Philly

After a week of solid work, I was finally able to get out and about Philly on Monday and Tuesday to check out some of the sights the city has to offer. I was also able to take advantage of my free time to taste some of the local cuisine – the best being Alma de Cuba, a cuban restaurant on Walnut Street that was delicious! On Monday I ate lunch at the Reading Terminal Market which is much like the Lexington Market in Baltimore, full of food stands with yummy goodnesses from all over the world. And on Monday night, Ryan and I hung out at Monk’s Cafe on 16th Street, which has an amazing beer menu (hundreds to choose from) and mussels which you can pick to be made in a variety of sauces. Yum.

Here’s some photos from sightseeing Monday and Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Ben Franklin's Grave

Ben Franklin's Grave

The Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

Love Park

Love Park

The Thinker

The Thinker

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia is a very cool city with so much history and so much to do. It is the kind of city, like New York, which you could come back to again and again and still not see everything. It is also filled with great neighborhoods, restaurants, cafes, bookstores and theaters. This city, like Baltimore, has definitely made my list of cities that I could live in.

Along with all the sightseeing and restaurant-going, has also been quite an exploration of the local bars, the highlight of which was the Spamalot South Street Pub Crawl last night…but those photos warrant their own post!

One Crazy Week

Sorry for being MIA for a few days – I’ve gotten a few emails from friends and family asking what’s up, why no blog entries or emails from me – well let me tell you, this has been a truly exhausting week and I haven’t had time for much of anything besides work.

We travelled to Philly on Monday – it was only  a two hour bus ride from Baltimore. Because I had Tallulah though, I had to sit in the way back of the bus since a couple of cast members are allergic to cats. I tried to get some knitting done but was starting to feel carsick from being lurched around back there, so I had to stop and just look out the window. Luckily my cat was perfect as always and very quiet. Callie’s cat Oscar, on the other hand, howled loudly from the moment she brought him through the lobby of the Radisson until he was settled on the bus and buried underneath her parka. The Radisson doesn’t allow pets, so Elaine and I had been trying to hide ours in the lobby that morning while we waited for the bus – we were afraid all would be discovered when Callie brought Oscar down howling, but luckily no one from the hotel said anything.

I am staying at the Club Quarters in Philly – I was pretty disappointed with my room when I first arrived – not only was it very small, but it also had only a tiny sliver of a window, so it was also very dark. I had specifically requested a bright room, and this is what I ended up with. After speaking with a number of unhelpful people who work there, I finally found a girl who was willing to help me, and after sticking it out in the dark room for a few days, I was able to move into a corner room this past Saturday that has four large windows and is great. I love it, love it, love it. I also went to Urban Outfitters and bought a few new scarves to drape over the furniture and a bright lightweight bedspread to cover up the drab hotel one. The hotel is in a great location – Chestnut between 16th and 17th, right in the heart of all the great shopping. And, it’s only a few blocks from the theater. So now with my lovely bright room, I am very happy. 

So Monday was all about laundry and grocery shopping and then Tuesday was spent at the theater all day loading in. Tuesday night we had our “opening night”. All was going fairly smoothly until Act 2 when Jaki, one of our asst. wardrobe supervisors, fell to her knees and started puking into a trash can stage right. She’s been sick for about a week, but had started feeling better – then was hit again hard on Tuesday. She spent the rest of the show basically leaning over a trash can in the wardrobe room. Since Jaki usually teaches the changes to the locals on stage right on opening night, I had to jump in and pinch hit. Todd, who is here to replace Mike (the wardrobe supervisor) for a couple of weeks while Mike is away, is fairly unfamiliar with Jaki’s track, so didn’t really have any more knowledge than I did. I started asking the locals if I could see their cue cards and tried to interpret the cues the best I could to get them through the show. Somehow we made it through without any major mess. Phew. It was exhausting though. 

And now poor Jaki has been out the whole week. She finally went to the hospital on Saturday to get some fluids and food in her system. Hopefully she will be feeling better soon. The poor wardrobe department has had a time of it lately. On top of Mike having to take off for a couple of weeks and Jaki being sick, many of the cast caught a nasty flu bug this week and have been out, meaning that we’ve been throwing understudies on who have never performed those parts before. Trying to costume them has been an adventure in itself. Eric Hayden made his debut as Galahad on Friday, and the poor guy has such skinny legs that the Black Knight legs kept falling off of him. Fran and Todd had to work some major magic to make that costume fit his body. 

Tuesday night after the show, the presenters in Philly threw us an opening night party at Ted’s Fontana Grill. The food was excellent! The bison burger was my favorite. We were all so tired though, that most of us just grabbed plates of food, and then ate while staring out the window. No one even really had energy to talk.

The theater where we are playing – the Academy of Music – is really beautiful. After playing such an intimate house in Baltimore, though, it has taken some getting used to. It is very tall with many tiers – I think it used to be an opera house. It looks a bit like a coliseum inside. Here are a few pics:

The local crew seem worlds better here than the crew we had last week. They all are pretty on top of their game. We had one small problem of the guys on the fly rail, which is up above stage right, looking down into the girls’ quick change booths during the show, so our traveling crew built a “privacy” curtain for the booths on Wednesday to curtail that problem. One of the local dressers told me that they have the same issue on every show – the guys can never resist peeking at the girls changing. Can we say grade school, anyone?

Wednesday, which is usually the first opportunity for rest and for exploring the new city, was a two-show day. No rest for us!

Thursday we had a full company brush-up rehearsal. Saturday was a big day – Mike Nichols, Eric Idle, Casey Nicolaw (our choreographer), as well as a number of our producers and general managers, were coming to see both shows, so Thursday was spent going over music notes with Ben (our musical director/conductor) and dance notes with Callie (our dance captain), in preparation for all the bigwigs seeing the show. 

Then Thursday night after the show, we had a party for our first anniversary. It’s hard to believe the show opened a year ago already! The party was at a restaurant on Walnut Street. We all got dressed up (it was so nice to see the crew in ties and dresses!) and went for food and drinks, and pretty soon after that the dancing started. Along with our regulars, Paula and Darryl, who can always get the party started, we discovered that our new swing, Nigel, is quite the dancer as well! Also, Robbie, one of our swings, put on quite a show, and Pia was also in fine form. She and Robbie were hilarious together as she must be at least six inches taller than him, and with heels on, even taller than that. My camera was taking some funky pictures in the low light, but here are a few:

The original cast and crew still with us

The original cast and crew still with us

Ben and Jamie

Ken and Karl

Ken and Karl

Pia and Robbie

Pia and Robbie

Michael with Jamie and Paula

Michael with Jamie and Paula

It was definitely a fun night and well-needed after a busy few days. 

Friday was my first opportunity to see anything of Philadelphia, and of course, it rained ALL DAY! I did go out for a long walk, and got soaked, but it was nice to be out exploring, nonetheless. I walked all the way down Walnut Street to where all the historic buildings are, including the Liberty Bell (which is inside, so I haven’t seen it yet), and then cut down to South Street, which is a lot like Haight Street, or St. Mark’s, and I walked along there back to the area where I am staying. I also hit two yarn stores along the way – Loop and Rosie’s Yarn Cellar. Both were fantastic. I bought some yarn in Rosie’s for two projects I have planned, and I want to go back to Loop. I was a little overwhelmed by their stock, and need to go back with a list.

Here are a few pictures from my walk:

City Hall

City Hall

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

First Bank

First Bank

Cemetery

Cemetery

Magic Garden on South Street

Magic Garden on South Street

Saturday was the day we had all been gearing up for. We set up  a waiting room for Mike, Eric, et al. with the small evian water bottles that Mike likes (and which are not easy to find, by the way!). They all arrived around 1:00pm. I tried to just stay out of the way. The matinee was surprisingly smooth after the chaos of the week. We had a note session following the matinee which lasted until about 5:45pm, at which time I had to haul ass over to my hotel to move into my new and improved room. Mike and Eric seemed very pleased with the show and gave very few notes. Casey had more notes, mostly about being more specific in the dance numbers and not letting them get generic.

The evening show technically was not as smooth as the matinee. Patrick, who plays Lancelot, forgot to properly clip his flying harness before entering as Tim the Enchanter, so we had to fly him in and clip him, thus delaying his entrance a few beats. We had notes again after the evening show and Mike said “Does everyone know Tim was late entering?”. Um, yes. Patrick admitted to forgetting to clip the harness. All in all though, Mike and Casey were overjoyed with the evening show and the way everyone had implemented the notes from the afternoon. Esther, who is our Lady of the Lake standby, and who is taking over for Pia when she leaves, was on for the Lady that night, so it was great for the creative team to see her and for her to be able to get notes from them. The funniest note that came out of the whole day, though, was in regards to the Carmen Miranda fruit hat that Chris Sutton wears as Herbert in the number “His Name is Lancelot”. The hat is supposed to have a banana strategically placed to make a joke at the button of the number when Herbert slides between Lance’s legs. Mike said that the hat was all wrong, there needed to be work done on it, that “it was all leaves and not enough dick!”. Hilarious.

So we finally left the theater close to midnight on Saturday, relieved that the day was over. Sunday, fortunately, was only one show. We bid goodbye to Kevin Burrows, one of our original swings, who is leaving the tour. Most people headed to New York for the day off, where there is a Spamalot tour reunion planned for tonight with all the former cast members. I decided to stay in Philly and rest and try and see a bit of the city. I am planning to go back to NYC next Monday and Tuesday though to catch up with friends.

So that was the crazy week. I’m glad it’s over and I’m sorry for being out of touch! Happy first week of Spring!