This week marks the second anniversary of my Broadway musical debut*. I got to celebrate it by having a wonderfully full week of work on Broadway and off. All this past week I've been playing in the revival company of Cats at the Neil Simon at night and, during the day, working on a 29-hour reading of a new musical theatre piece at Ars Nova, just a few blocks to the west of my night gig.
This time two years ago (as well as just a year ago—hm) there was spectacular snow storm here in NYC. My scheduled put-in as George in Kinky Boots was canceled, but the show that night went on and I went on in it.
I can't imagine a better company or better show in which to make my debut. The whole company was so welcoming. The folks who put me into the show (Nathan Peck, Rusty Mowrey, Will Van Dyke, Brian Usifer, Paul Canaan, Lois Griffing, D.B. Bonds, Derek DiGregorio), the folks onstage and off... all of 'em: amazing. I still have a lot of love for them.
And, two years later, I'm in Cats. And I was in (ever-so-briefly) a new musical called Wind-Up Girl. It's in its early stages of development and I was honored to be able to spend 29 hours working on the piece with another swell group of artists. I love working on new musicals. It's where I started and I hope, always, to have this kind of the work in the mix. [Check out the project and the team here.]
I'm lucky. Very. And I know it. Really.
Happy anniversary to me.
*my Broadway debut was, oddly, in a play—not a musical. I'll write more on that in a couple weeks when that anniversary rolls around.