Friday, November 13, 2009

The Baby Has Arrived


The day of Opening Night...

It's been a long and winding road getting here, but- and I know this sounds cliche, but it's the truth, nonetheless- it has been worth every twist and turn. We began readings of this show many years ago, in a small 33 seat "hole in the wall" theater called the Empty Stage. We would invite friends and business colleagues and eventually, investors. DH began his career as a stage actor, but then spent more than thirty years writing, directing and producing movies, so the whole concept of live theater and "how it's done" was new, and- very often, full of misinformation.

One thing I should mention is that DH is not your typical "artist". He is an extremely smart business man as well; something he learned the hard way. Hollywood is ruthless, it's either sink or swim. The fact that we are here today, with a show that went from a workshop at a 99 seat theater straight to a 650 seat, is greatly due to his ability to combine art and commerce. One rarely survive without the other. And as long as you keep your head on straight and don't loose your integrity, it's doable and highly rewarding.

This past month has been an outstanding experience. Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director) and Stephen Eich (Executive Director) along with staff and crew, are a unique bunch of people, I tell you! The smooth, collaborative spirit that has prevailed this entire production is astounding and I feel so fortunate to be part of it.
Thank you!!!

And to all my loyal blogger friends: Thank you for still stopping by in spite of a very off-topic period of posts. I miss being able to get into the sewing projects I have planned, but hopefully it won't be much longer. The only sewing related aspects of my life recently has been collaborating with our fantastic costume designer, Lizz Wolf. Maybe I should do an interview with her? You all will LOVE the costumes- out of this world fabulous!

I'm leaving you with a few links in case you're interested to know more about the production:



17 comments:

  1. oh yes, please do an interview with Lizz Wolf! I just watched a Laddy GaGa video that made me want to sew costumes; truly extraordinary.
    Hearty CONGRATULATIONS to your DH and you on this achievement.

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  2. Congratulations! It sounds fantastic! Best wishes for a long run of a full house. Please do show us all the costumes - in due course!

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  3. Congratulations indeed! I find these posts fascinating. Please do interview your costume designer.

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  4. Ok, I just had to come back to say that I watched the piece by Cary Berglund at NBC and it was so cool to see you "in person".

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  5. You should definitely do an interview with Lizz Wolf. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to read it!

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  6. Yes please do an interview! And I think about this blog every time I hear the radio ads for Million Dollar Quartet here in Chicago!

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  7. Congrats from me too! I am involved heavily with community theatre, but I can't imagine the time, energy and expertise needed for a high class show such as "baby, It's You". Kudo's!

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  8. Congratulations, must be so rewarding to see it come to life and be in such a large theater.
    And me too, I'd love to read an interview and see the costumes.
    Enjoy the time now. Sewing will wait for you.

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  9. Please do an interview! It sounds like it would be the same style as Caroline or Change! I love your off topic posts too :)

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  10. How exciting, congratulations!

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  11. Congrats! And I would love to read an interview with Lizz Wolf.

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  12. Congratulations! Sounds like a wonderful time for you and your husband. Enjoy!

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  13. Oh, yes, please do interview her.

    And congratulations on the show! That's just wonderful! Many wishes for a long run!

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  14. What a wonderful story you and Floyd have brought to life. I watched the NBC clip and loved the music and the actors' moves, and it really was lovely to see you and hear you talk! At the same time, I was trying to figure out what you were wearing to see if I recognized it from PR! :-)) I'm so thrilled for you, and I would echo Sigrid's wise words: enjoy this now. It's a wonderful moment in your life. Your sewing will wait for you, as we will, your friends and supporters. My happiest congratulations to you!

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  15. Congratulations Birgitte! This has been such an exciting road for the two of you. I'm so happy that Baby has made it this far. Its a great play and we enjoyed ourselves so much when we saw it. Enjoy every minute!

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