Last night we began a strange and entertaining journey as the first episode of Basically Brandon was broadcast live on the net. My good friend Brandon loves reality shows and talk shows and he decided to make his get own show last night along with Camille. Its first broadcast was met with rave reviews and many viewers. If you follow the link you watch the first episode now and catch the newest episode tonight at 10pm. I’ll be blogging about the success of our little project in the future as well as my usual nonsense.
Closing a show is always bittersweet, but like anyone else the experience had is what determines your feelings about it. Sometimes I’m so happy to close a show that I literally jump up and down, and sometimes I’m pretty sad. Hairspray, The Wiz and The Drowsy Chaperone were all closing performances that were really tough. With Blonde, I may be ready to go on to my next show but I will miss the fun energy we have backstage, the fun inside jokes with cast mates and, of course, the kickin’ score.
If you ever have a chance to see or audition for a production of Legally Blonde The Musical, don’t miss out on that chance. The show is upbeat, fun, and has a great message for any woman, man or four-legged friend trying to make in this harsh and not-always understanding world. I really like what the show has to say about sticking it to stereotypes and if you work hard, ignore the haters and never deviate from your true colors, be they hot pink or not, you have the ability to meet your ambitions and gain respect from those who may not have given you a second glance at first.
Although with Elle, the dreams she had when she walked onto Harvard Law in her designer heels were not the dreams she graduated with, and that’s ok too.
We all have goals which we aspire to achieve, but we don’t always have the knowledge nor the courage to know when and where to take that first step either because we are scared of failing or because we don’t even know where to begin. I can relate to this sub text. I have dreams, I have goals and sometimes I’m scared that they won’t come true, but through Elle’s story - albeit fictitious - I realized that as long as you take that first step (it could be in the right direction or lead to your first mistake) you are already on your way. I think the most poignant theme of this show is that your life isn’t what it is because someone says so, it’s that way because of what you make of it for yourself; even when in the face of failure, adversity and prejudice.
That being said (break out the tissues), we all have a bit of Elle Woods inside of us.
So this was Mady’s response to our audience tonight. Many of the Doctors in tonights crowd became so bored with the show that they decided that they’d rather check their phones and text during the show. One brave soul even went as far as to film some of the show.
Obviously, Nikos and Carlos cannot stand for this.
I’m the one stage diving to wring the neck of the cameraman haha.
Tonight we are putting on an unscheduled performance of Blonde for The Medical Society of Fresno/Madera. Last year they came to see Bye Bye Birdie at the Dinner Theater and let’s just say they were less than enthusiastic about the show (most of them left at intermission). Our call was 6:30 PM and most of them didn’t show up till 7:15, curtain was to be at 7:30 PM. Also, because they had to eat dinner and do a ceremony we’re barely starting the show.
We just finished “Serious” (it’s Warner’s birthday!) , I can hear the sad silence of non-interested doctors.
At least I make another six dollars, the fruits of my labor…