Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sorry for the silence.........

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have been experiencing a myriad of problems with my computer as we have moved on to Brighton and changed rehearsal locations and such. Yesterday, we moved into the Theatre Royal and began to tech the show. As always, it seems, "things" are not ever what you expect them to be. In this case the stage set is different than we had anticipated and been told. Nothing major, of course, just different. Being the responsible professional group we are everyone adjusted rather quickly and safely and we got through the first day of tech without a hitch. Well done! The Theatre Royal is a very lovely intimate 900+ seats, very quaint and comfortable. The show looks very nice in the space. We have a shot at costumes and wigs today, so, keep your fingers crossed for us! Back to you soon! Cheers!

Friday, June 19, 2009

It was the best of times.....

I started the day early today. Got the call late last night that I would be needed to record at 10 AM this morning. So, into a taxi I went at about 9:20 AM and off to Sphere Studios. I recorded the Promiss today with Simon Thomas the fellow portraying Charles Darnay in this production. The recording went very well and I enjoyed working with Simon. He has a lovely voice and is a smart actor. Really, the entire London cast and crew have been a joy to work with. They are all top notch in my book. After the tracks were complete I reported to Sadlers Wells again for some work on "The Tale", which is the scene in the French courtroom where Madame Defarge convinces the mob to seal the fate of Charles Darnay the french arristocrat. It is a complicated scene to stage and has taken great concentration and input from all parts, but, I think it is finally in good shape thanks to the openness of our stage director Jack.

I have the rest of the day free! Praise the Lord! The weather here has been great! We had a few scattered showers on Tuesday, but, it has been clear and sunny the rest of the time. Well it's off to have a late lunch and maybe a walk through the Park. Talk to you soon!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another great day!

We had another great day in London today. I was afforded a late call time, so, I lounged around the hotel a bit this morning. Later at the Sadler Wells rehearsal space around noon I was able to work all of my scenes one after the other thanks to Director Jack Cummings. Then a few of us were shuttled off by taxi to the Sphere Recording Studios where we are recording the cast CD to go along with the DVD of, "A TALE OF TWO CITIES", to be filmed for BBC and PBS later next week in Brighton. If that wasn't enough, I had a wonderful meeting with a talent agent, Ms. Denise Silvey. The meeting was arranged by my friend Nigel Richards who was in the cast of Les Miserables when I was portraying JVJ here in Londons West End. By the way, the meeting with the agent could not have gone better!

After the meeting which was at Century, a very nice private club, I strolled around the West End for a short while. What a great and vital energy. Not at all like I remember from back in 1992. Which reminds me of a great story I will have to share with you sometime. That's all for now. Talk to you later!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I forgot to tell you about the taxi ride home Monday evening. We were released around 6PM and there were about 8 or 9 of us going back to the hotel. So, we found a couple of cabs which took about 10 minutes. Well, I was in the cab with Natalie Toro and Dawn the head of props. About halfway along our journey the taxi just stops running. The driver throws his arms up in the air and says, " you may want to get another taxi, as, I don't know what the problem is." So, we get out of the taxi and start to hale another cab. About 5 minutes pass and I happen to look over where the first cab stopped running and he was no longer there. It took us another 20 minutes to finally get a ride to the hotel. Me thinks something fishy's goin' on with a certain London cab!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fun IN London

Well, we all arrived safe and sound! It was an unevenful flight! The best kind. Yeah Virgin Atlantic! After a short bus ride into London and social meal compliments of the company I got to sleep around 1:30 AM.

Monday morning we had a short company meeting with the cast members, like Jim Barbour, Natalie Toro and Kevin Earley from the Broadway cast and the new additions like Paul Baker and Nigil London. We are now one big happy family of 30 or so. It was a great first day and it is a pleasure to be working with old friends and new.

I'll get back to you

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Flight

So, today we flew to London. Jim Barbour, a few others and myself. Daytime flight - now that's new. Actually arrived on this trans-Atlantic fight early!