I want to Talk about the virtues of following a path when an unexpected door opens. From the moment we disembarked from our dazzling, Doris Day themed, Crystal Cruise, through this very publication day … the snowball is still rolling. And the list of “if it wasn’t for,” continues. If it wasn’t for Doris, none of this would have happened.
NEW YORK: Whirlwind! I was able to visit my dearly loved friend, NY Casting Director Barry Moss, in the hospital. How thankful I am to have had this opportunity for good laughs and sweet conversation. Barry died a few days after I came home. How blessed was I…
If it wasn’t for LA’s ace travel agent Deborah Deming, who was on the Cruise, we never would have stayed at the Blakely Hotel. This darling girl, serious booker for Crystal, was chatting with David about NY accommodations, and in an email moment, nailed us a comfy, spacious, fab location suite at the Blakely. It was the perfect spot to meet with New York Producer, Douglas Denoff, the charming son of the beloved Sam Denoff. Instant best friends, we talked of theatre and took silly selfies! And the glory of seeing LACC pal, Jim Butler, a miraculous survivor of a vicious cancer. True joy.
June 1, our first day, we found ourselves in a throng of Jews, young and old, heading to Fifth Avenue for the yearly Celebrate Israel Parade. (I hope there is more to celebrate very soon.) Of course the Broadway Theatre is our passion and we were lucky enough to see Aladdin, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway, Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill and the biggest serendipity of attending All The Way. Who would have dreamed that Hillary Clinton was waiting in the quiet area where the hearing aids are available? And she was available, friendly, liked my necklace (I tried to give it to her, but they can’t accept gifts). David followed me and when he pointed at the camera, Hill put her arm around me, I’m the dazzled one, she’s herself (looking bigger, due to the floors grade.) It’s not just political; the Clintons are International figures and American History. So when Bill Clinton came down the aisle and stopped at our row, it was palpable, for two rather exhausted people, we were throbbing with excitement. Next to me came a Secret Service Woman, and then Bill. And then Mrs. Bill and Chelsea. The entire audience was applauding and all facing the Clintons with cameras and phones flashing. Electric! They enjoyed the spectacular show (I peeked), and went backstage afterwards.
LOOP DE LOOPED: Last weekend evolved around Matthew Lombardo’s brilliant comedy Looped. The Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara has a grand new theatre, the New Vic. It’s a community effort and it is fabulous! Bravo to the Looped cast, Diane Louise Salinger, Jon Levenson and Brian Harwell. Hop yee down to SB this week, it closes on the 27th. You might stay at the charming Upham boutique hotel, walking distance from the New Vic. We did. If it wasn’t for Christopher Escamilla, the people magnet, we might not has played with Allan and Ramona Pacela, William Squire, Gary Sullivan, Loren and Kelly Lester, Deborah Deming, or shared a birthday with the brilliant jeweler Natalie Baroni. Whew!
Continuing keeping on rolling!
… we’ll Talk