I am just back from dates in California. Got to play the California in San Bernardino. 1700 seats, What a gorgeous old hall. I brought along my lovely band and 6 dancers. It was an odd date as it wasnt a solo gig and wasnt a large dance show. We had a laugh as usual and the audience indeed lapped it up.
It is always stunning to me when speaking to audience members after, just how affected they are by our shows. People sob their hearts out and are joyous at the same time. My agent and publicist surprised me which was lovely. I dont enjoy knowing people in the audience so it is best I found out after. I do indeed judge a town by audience reaction and the catering in the theater....i know!......but let me tell you, San Bernardino passes on both fronts. The California is the stage that Will Rogers last performed on and you can feel it in the old place. They dont make em like that anymore.
Headed to LA after the gig for a few days off and a visit to check on my agents. Got in a lot of socialising for a change so at the end of it all I am exhausted.
I celebrated my birthday in town going to http://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com/ where we saw Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli and Nigel Lithgow in power play conversation. Loads of celeb spotting . Headed to The Village Idiot http://www.villageidiotla.com/ for birthday drinks with showbiz friends, old and new from Lee Lessack to Amy Weaver to Angela Kinsey to musical theater people like Kathy Dietch I had the best time in LA. It just puts me in a good mood. I was still relieved to be headed back to Chicago where.....funnily enough, it is warmer than in LA.
Heading to Ireland next for some planning for later in the year and to chill with my friends and family in Wexford.
Anyways, it was fun