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The final day.
Gluten Free Bagel from Tompkins Square Bagel… devoured in Tompkins Square.
A walk through Brooklyn.
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dinner at Risotteria for some Gluten Free Pizza.
A Salty Pimp for desert at Big Gay Ice Cream.
Rooftop Patio for the last Manhattan sunset.
Seat G15 at the St. James Theatre to catch a brand new musical called Something Rotten.
One last visit to the rooftop patio.
A very. Very. Very good day indeed.
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It’s coming to an end.
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And then, I got to spend the entire morning with these two wonderful ladies….
my heart is bursting working on these images
and I keep re-living the morning over and over again.
Rebecca and Trisha (Paddle) are top notch.
Paddle quickly became a good friend and as luck will have it,
she’s scored the Once National Tour and will be heading to Edmonton this coming November…
so instead of an impending goodbye, it will only be a see you soon.
On the other hand,
she’ll be away from New York and Rebecca on and off for 8 months…
and I have deep sympathy for her,
as I’m verging on 3 months away from home,
I can’t even imagine 5 more months….
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And so ends the New York Adventure for Claire, she’s headed home today to sleep in our cloud like bed and pet our little princess Frances.
I miss her already and can’t wait to follow in 5 days time.
How incredibly grateful I am that she was able to stay for almost an entire month and experience New York day in and day out.
For me, it’s been the greatest gift to have her adventure and explore while I was working….
Our lives are about to change and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend her second trimester.
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Saw ‘Hand To God’ a new play on broadway.
Incredible and refreshing to see a script like that on a broadway stage.
Rainy walk home after the show with my wife, who flies home tomorrow.
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Our last Tuesday in NYC was spent at Avatar Studios recording the Original Off-Broadway Cast Album for Nevermore.
Avatar Studios, known also as The Power Station, has been visited by some of the most amazing musicians in the world…
the list goes on…
It was an incredible day, it was an exhausting day, it was a hilariously fun day… and once again, it was a surreal day.
You can pre-order your Nevermore album right now, just click here and be one of the first!
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Waking up to this beautiful face and then a walk around Central Park to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian of Modern Design.
Which was a really awesome museum, extremely interactive… I would put it on the MUST do list for anyone visiting NYC.
So many cool things!!!
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The Jolly Goat is a block away from our apartment…. and it has some of the tastiest coffee I’ve had…
Only one week left and I just found this place!
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That’s my wife.
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Music Rehearsal for the upcoming recording of a Nevermore Album and…. more snow.
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FAO Schwartz and Gentleman’s Guide… which was okay.
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Best Ramen in NYC.
SOHO for some strolling
THEN up to the TOP of the ROCK
Finishing the day off with:
Into The Woods Off-Broadway…. which was brilliant.
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Out to Coney Island and then to Williamsburg.
The musician at the Bedford Ave station was unreal…
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An evening spent with my wonderful wife, is a perfect evening indeed.
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We made a little present for someone special today and this is how it made us feel.
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Full day! New York Public Library (GHOSTBUSTERS!!!), which had an incredible photography exhibit.
Grand Central Station and then the Metropolitan Museum!
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Two show days don’t leave much room for pictures of Claire…. so I like to start the day with the sunlight in our bedroom.
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Full day at the theatre with a put in and then the show, but I got to walk to work with Claire and have some pizza before the put in.
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A walk down the High Line and then some crazy news…
our Edgar, Scott, has been suffering some terrible back problems, so much so that he cannot preform tonight.
Enter Rob. Our hero.
And mad props to Lauren and Autmumn for building his costume in such short notice.
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Dawn Sadoway taught me Drama in High School.
I was in grade twelve, with an empty slot in my schedule and I needed 3 more credits to graduate.
I had no drive and placed all my energy into the social aspects of the day to day.
So, I took the easiest course I could think of… Drama 10.
My previous experience with theatre? In Junior high at Fultonvale School we went through 6 Drama teachers in one year… more than half having nervous breakdowns. The class for me was a lesson in resilience, it was full of picking on and bullying… after that, I never wanted to take drama again, but I needed an easy 3 credits so I could coast my way through the rest of high-school and graduate with just passing grades… and do something with my life… what that was, I had no idea… and I didn’t care.
Then I met Dawn.
She was hard and straight and took no bullshit.
Her opening talk to the class on the first day blew my mind.
It was ‘check your shit at the door’ speech, I don’t care who you think you are, when you enter this class we are all equals…
It was the first opportunity to shed the bullshit of High School politics and open up.
My grades went up, I stopped skipping math, I stopped doing things I shouldn’t at school.
My friends noticed and I didn’t care… and I was surprised at how supportive they were.
Then, Dawn gave me a push I will always be forever in debt to her for.
She made me audition for a post secondary training program, Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program.
She helped me book my audition, she helped me pick the material and work it… and she gave me confidence.
I had zero intentions of pursuing acting as a career, but Dawn gave me that first push.
Oh yeah, so, why am, I telling you all of this?
Dawn came to the show today, took a bus down from Canada with her college students and brought them to the show.
As far as special guests go,
Jodi Foster and Brooke Shields have nothing on my High School Drama teacher.
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And some more of my wife in the morning…
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It’s been incredibly hard to be away from my wife during this contract…
Especially due to the fact that she’s been very busy creating life in her womb since the end of November.
I’m so grateful she’ll be here for the remainder of this month and then three days after she leaves for home, I will follow.
It’s heartbreaking to be ending this contract earlier than anticipated,
it’s also financially not the best thing that could happen…
I’ll be home to help and support my wife
and that gives me great comfort… comfort you can’t put a price tag on.
Get ready for this Nevermore In New York blog to turn into a ‘My Pregnant Wife In New York’ blog.
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Last day with my Mom and Sister… or is it?
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Rainy day at the MoMA with the ladies.
The Bjork exhibt had some great images… but it was horrendous, poorly planned, claustrophobic and narcissistic.
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The day off.
Brooklyn for some early TKTS.
A view from Brooklyn Bridge Park that is to die for.
Shopping in the Dumbo District.
Washington Square Park.
Lunch at Hu Kitchen.
Matilda the Musical
And after show dinner at Carmines.
A perfect day off.
Oh yeah, did I mention we ran into Helen Mirren on our way home?
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These two photos sum up this day. Shopping and eating… which was possibly preparotory therapy for what was to come.
We received some sad news today after Scott and I hit our milestone 200th performance of Nevermore…
The producers informed us the show will be closing at the end of March.
Even after a fulll week with this information, I’m still processing it.
It’s heartbreaking but it hasn’t soured the experience, an experience that I never thought would happen.
I’m super grateful for this amazing adventure and I have a lot to come home to… which I’m also very grateful for.
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Spending the day with my three favourite ladies. My mom, my sister and my wife.
Took the train to Chelsea Market and then went off to do a show…
then we had GF Pizza at Keste in the Village and took in some brilliant jazz at Mezzrow,
ending the evening with some rooftop access right above Times Square.
Love these ladies SO much…. Don Cheadle is also in our living room though… it’s creeping me out.
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I have an upgraded room for the next few days, I hope Don Cheadle doesn’t mind if I close the blinds while I sleep
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Met up with my good friend Magic Brian.
I can’t believe I’ve been here for 55 days and it’s taken me this long to see him.
Granted, he’s been in and out of town and also moving from the lower east-side to Brooklyn…
and for me, doing the show is no stroll in the park…. I don’t get up to much.
Regardless, it was fantastic to meet up with him in his old hood (East Village),
have some EXTREMELY good BBQ meat at Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
walk around, chat and grab some coffee at MUD
Can’t wait to see this guy again!
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Self-Portrait in the Restroom x3
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Went out to Brooklyn to check out an amazing play.
The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of ‘Let The Right One In’ at the St. Ann’s Warehouse
It’s based on the novel and movie by the same name.
A coming of age story about a Vampire and a boy.
It was fantastic. Brilliant staging. Acting was top notch. Not to be missed.
The least I’ve spent on a ticket in New York thus far and the best show I’ve seen.
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Only one picture from this day, because I was having too much fun at Rob and Lauren’s.
Good time’s with great friends.
Here’s just some of their instruments.
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Celebrating Day 50 at Smalls Jazz Club watching the legendary Johnny O’Neal
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They are brilliant and so so SO remind me of The Be Arthurs
They had some amazing special guests, the mashups were exceptional and everyone sounded unreal.
I’m a fan for life.
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Haircut at Sharps Barber at Le Parker Meridien
My barber was Eral.
Great clean cut and conversations
Like many others, I highly recommend a cut or shave here.
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Went for a stroll for some GF Pizza
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Spending my (Valentines) day off with some very good pals.
We went up to the Top of the Rock, strolled around Central Park and had some deeelicious food at Hu Kitchen
I’m so happy for Scott and I’m so happy for Tara… they are seriously perfect for each other.
Spending the day with them and yelling at them to kiss was the second best way to spend my (Valentines) day off.
After our hike around the city, I stayed in… and around 7pm there was serious banging going on outside. I thought it was gunshots… but it was a 20 minute firework show to celebrate the Chinese New Year. So I walked down to the harbour and took it in.
It was a good day but holy hell do I miss my wife.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
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Skyping with Frances (and Claire)
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Jodi Foster and her son Charlie came to the show.
Two time oscar winner- Jodi Foster.
How you ask?
Her son Charlie.
Charlie is a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, he found out about the show through Facebook (of all places) and came to New York for two days to visit his mother while she is directing the new season of Orange Is The New Black. With only two days here, he wanted to see Nevermore… can you believe that? And his mother came along… Jodi Foster you guys… While were all starstruck by his mother, Charlie was starstuck by Scott.
Above photo by Bruce Glikas
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A Valentines Day Triptych
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Package from my mom: a Jar of Nana’s Homemade Jam
Nevermore/Catalyst Theatre, Candace, Garett and Beth all reach the 200th performance… I’m 22 behind.
A huge accomplishment
These four are superstars
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During the break of this two show day, playing some tunes with Scotty and Robbeeya.
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Did I mention there is an almost life size poster of me at the stage door?
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I received a lesson in effortless acting this evening… the teacher?
Alan Cumming of course
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The World Trade Centre
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My WORST nightmare.
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Today is brought to you by the Saturday Intermission Picture featured on BroadwayWorld.com
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What started as a quick jaunt to the bank, turned into a fun adventure to the upper west side of the island…
visiting an art exhibit at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Phoenix by Xu Bing
Two massive Phoenixes built from the garbage and scraps of China is a must see if you’re in NYC.
Then more unexpected greatness
Some of the best food I’ve had in NYC at Digg Inn Seasonal Market.
Wich was surprisingly right beside Tom’s Restaurant.
Known as the exterior shot for the diner that the Seinfeld crew frequents.
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Another two show day.
This time it was a little more relaxed… and I skyped with my wife on stage.
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Back at it. Found a new mirror at New World Stages.
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Then, finally dragged my ass out of the apartment and took the train to visit my friend Sophie Kuller (prounced cooler… and she is) who manages Shio Studio’s… a super hip Photo Studio in Brooklyn.
I passed a shot of me in the subway… with some pre-school graffiti.
Saw the sun set from fair Brooklyn.
And then back home for laundry and some extremely strategic placement for hang drying.
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Another 2 inches of snow, but this time the city didn’t shut down.
And we do a put in for Rob Morrison.
He nailed it. Now. He has to do 2 more.
These swings/understudies are fucking champs. Seriously.
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A new Sunday tradition:
Games with Lauren while she does the laundry.
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Playbill.com does a weekly feature on it’s site called Two Show Day Photo Exclusive, which is just that… an actor from a show is asked to take pictures on a two show day from the moment they wake up, until the moment they go to sleep… documenting the day and what they do.
Playbill approached our marketing team and our marketing team asked me if I’d like to do it… I obviously said yes… and so, my apologies for a 77 picture post… but I thought it would be fun to also post it for my ‘Day 28’ post. Enjoy!
1. Some day’s it’s hard to drag yourself out of bed. Not today though!!! TODAY is a Two Show Day Photo Exclusive with Playbill.com… (okay, maybe it was still hard to drag my butt out of bed… but I did it!)
2. Very important to get a good clean shave on Two Show Days. So my face stays smooth like a babies bottom.
3. Every morning I use fresh grounds by grinding my coffee beans with this fantastic little hand held grinder made by Hario. A must have for the coffee nerd who travels a lot.
4. THEN I take those freshly ground beans and brew them with the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee Maker… which is another MUST HAVE for the coffee nerd who can’t pack up their espresso machine and take it through customs.
5. The only way to truly enjoy a fresh cup of java is to sip it on the rooftop deck of our housing. It has one of the best views of Manhattan and you get a good idea of what the weather is like… so you dress appropriately. (this cold is NOTHING compared to what this Canadian is used too)
6. Yogurt, Apples and GF cereal for some fuel.
7. Before I leave, I grate some fresh ginger for this soon to come vocally exhausting day. Ginger = soothing/healing.
8. A little selfie in the lobby mirror to show the bundling. Imperative to keep the throat/neck warm during the walk…. and best of all the scarf that’s keeping it warm was handmade by my wife.
9. Sometimes walking to the theatre this early can be a bit blurry.
10. This mirror and graffiti in the New World Stages may be one of the top ‘must do’s’ in NYC as far as selfie’s go.
11. First things first, I put my wedding ring in my custom made ‘wedding ring bag’ so I don’t lose it. A big thanks to the amazing Lauren Wilcher for inventing this concoction the first day of rehearsals… after I dropped my ring within the first 20 minutes of setting foot in the dressing room.
12. Two Show Day Photo Exclusive for Playbill.com = Raven Sweater
13. Garett’s top, otherwise known as Garettop.
14. A good morning to Shannon Blanchet (who plays Elmira Royster)… currently getting loosened up with a bit of plow!
15. And a good morning to Beth Graham (who plays Fanny Allan, Sissy Clemm and Rosalie Poe).
16. Here’s our Wardrobe supervisor, the amazing Lauren Wilcher, ironing our shirts…. did I mention she’s amazing? Cause she is.
17. Getting into mic with the dashing Frank ‘CHET’ Charles Miller the 4th.
18. Hello to the ladies room! Pin Curls galore!!!!
19. Pin curls on the top and party in the back… Beth know’s how to rock the best pin curl mullet.
20. Lindsie Vanwinkle (who plays Eliza Poe and Muddy Clemm) tying some bows with the re-affirming words From The GUT.
21. Shannon wastes no time tapping into the more morbid side of things.
22. Scott Shpeley (who plays Edgar Allan Poe) starts his ‘Poe Spike’
23. Gaelen Beatty (who plays Henry Poe) has some interesting techniques to get his mohawk standing straight up.
24. Whatever they are, they work great… look at that HAWK!
25. Now to start my hair… here’s before product and blow drying.
26. ….and here is after product.
27. Gaelen does his daily dose of chin up’s during our mic check.
28. And I couldn’t do a picture day without snapping one of Scott doing precipice out to the theatre.
29. Now for the makeup. Here’s the white base.
30. And eyeliner (not a very good eyeliner day… but that’s okay… I’ll make it work)
31. Adding some eyeshadow below for those deep dark circles.
32. And there we go… just need to do the lips… but I’ll wait until just before places for that.
33. Now to start colouring my hair. I do the white base myself…
34. …but I enlist the artistic talents of Scott to help paint on the silver.
35. Scott also helps me wrap myself into my bondage. We’ve known each other since 2005 and we’ve worked together A LOT (even three years of theatre school)… he’s a great pal and doing this show here in NYC with him is a surreal experience.
36. Oh no! It’s 20 minutes to places and I have a wee tiny rip in my crotch. No time to de-robe out of my ‘snow suit’, so Laura stealthily and strategically sows it up. This is what I call TRUST.
37. Here’s Scott just loosening up his face before the foreboding workout it’s about to receive.
38. Fresh ginger and hot water in my I Love NY cup keeps my voice super happy.
39. Speaking of ginger…Here’s Rob Morrison (also a fresh ginger) backstage shadowing the first of three tracks he’s understudying/swinging. He’s a champ. Seriously.
40. First show done, the hair takes WAY too much time, so, I’ll just be sticking around the theatre with my mic and hair…
41. Garett’s sticking around too… but he also finds a quiet place to eat his dinner (I think he just wants to be away from me…. we’re roomies!)
42. Our fearless leader Candice Charney, who stage manages Nevermore, on her throne checking cues… sporting her Nevermore hoody (an opening night gift from our producers).
43. Josh Morgan, otherwise know as ‘Metal Josh’, is our Head of Electrical and Light Board Operator. He presses the button that makes us look pretty.
44. Here’s Josh Reid at his sound board sporting his Nevermore Hoody. Josh makes us sound pretty, he’s assistant Sound Designer and the Sound Board Operator… and we’ve sung a lot of songs changing words to his name.
45. Stage 1, New World Stages AKA our home, also takes a quiet break in between shows.
46. I decided to set up some lights and do a ‘pop up studio’ between shows. I was aiming to do some super ghastly, super ghostly almost demon like shots of everyone. So, get ready, cause here they come.
47. Garett Ross… we call his hair ‘The Burnt Forest’
48. Jock Allan’s Hat (and Jock Allan)
49. Beth Graham
50. Fanny Allan
51. Rosalie Poe
52. Lindsie Vanwinkle
53. Eliza Poe’s Hat (and Eliza Poe)
54. Shannon Blanchet
55. Elmira Royster
56. Gaelen Beatty
57. Neutral Edgar
58. Angry Edgar
59. The set simple set up
60. Ninja Lauren
61. Ninja Chet
62. Ninja Paddle
63. Metal Josh Morgan
64. Candice Charney
65. Rob Morrison
66. Jennifer Byrne
67. Stephen Cerf
68. Lauren and Gaelen
69. Trisha ‘Paddle’ Henson and the wall. Paddle is our AWESOME ASM. We are super lucky to have her, she rocks.
71. A CORPSE BRIDE!
72. Out of makeup…
73. Half in - Half out
74. Ninja Ryan going home
75. The city is still awake… but I’m going to sleep
76. After a two show day, it’s always good to relax with a bit of Mario Kart Wii U projected in your living room.
77. STOP TAKING PICTURES! I WANT TO GO TO SLEEP NOW!
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Where’s Waldo and Bird Lady
Scott and I made our way down to a game shop on 33rd to get some less electronic things to pass our time with… On our way back we say a huge group of pigeons feeding on seeds… so naturally, I stopped to take a picture. Then we met the lady feeding the birds. Everyday she makes her way just north of Greeley Park on 33rd and 6th. With her? A bag of bird feed…. what we deemed huge, she corrected… ‘Oh this? This is nothing… I usually bring more’. Today she was late to feed them and she could tell that the birds were extra hungry. I don’t know if she’s been doing this for years… or just for days… but it seemed like she’d spent a lifetime with this little gesture in her routine. While they eat. She sticks around and tries hard to keep people from running at them and making them all fly away (which was my first instinct). She just want’s them to eat. She said, these birds are smart, they remember kindness.
I wish I got her name.
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Our Thursday two show day leaves time to relax in the empty theatre,
The AMAZING Lauren Wilcher (wardrobe) tapers and hems my jeans… did I mention she’s amazing?
Glenn Beck comes to our show yet a second time, this time, sitting in the front row and bringing his entourage… which included his Rabbi.
The surreal life continues tomorrow…
(group shot with Glenn Beck taken by our exceptional ASM Trisha ‘Paddle’ Henson)
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What started off as a grumpy day…
Ended with a gluten-free Nevermore Cupcake from fellow cast-mate Lindsie VanWinkle
A quite walk home alone
And a long awaited skype session with two of my most favourite ladies in the world
My Furball Frances
My wife Claire
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SNOW DAY - CARE OF - ALBERTA
The day after the freak Snow-mageddon-no-maggedon storm “Juno” lightly dusted Manhattan with flurries akin to a typical Edmonton winter eve, I took to the streets making my way towards Central Park for a nice sunny stroll. Central Park was not the deserted park I imagined it may be, in fact, it was more like Disneyland, with hundreds of tourists and locals parading the park embracing this “freak dump” of snow. Snowball fights, tobogganing, football in the snow, kids screaming, birds chirping, dogs barking, snow angels, building snowmen and thousands of iPhone pictures. The energy was pure elation in the park, while in other parts of the city, people cursed the slush and muck. Walking through Central Park was like walking through the happiest place on earth. I couldn’t help but think how quickly the temperament would change if they had to live with this kind of weather for 5-7 months of the year…. but I was happy to see how much joy a little dump of snow can bring people.
The news reported that this storm was an Alberta Clipper, which as you may have guessed, means it came straight from Alberta across the midwest…..
I like to think that Alberta wanted so badly to give us an opening night gift, it sent this storm… making us foreigners feel right at home.
Thank you Alberta, it was the perfect gift.
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Here they call it Juno.
At home. We call it flurries.
The entire city was practically on lockdown.
Every cellphone in the NYC vicinity was shocked with an emergency bulletin.
The subways closed at 6pm and travel on roads after 11pm was restricted to emergency vehicles.
The mayor told people to stay inside.
All broadway shows were cancelled.
All schools to be closed the following day.
With the promise that most stores would also be closed.
2 inches of snow fell.
I’m from Canada.
And I am now a victim of the American News Industry.
Hype. Over-Coverage. Fear.
The city that never sleeps….
Granted. With what was projected, NYC does not have the infrastructure to battle it.
And if thousands and thousands of people became stranded on the island because the bridges were closed and the trains stopped and they could not get to the burrows…. and the weather was horrendous…. the city would become a mad-house.
BUT, the weather-mongers were wrong.
I for one am thankful because when a city that never sleeps… sleeps… it’s a beautiful thing to witness.
And I’m certain she could use the nap.
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in one word
An amazing evening. An amazing show.
Autumn and Lauren surpassed any opening gift I’ve ever received.
The party at the Copacabana was out of a movie.
Like a hollywood movie, not a B-film movie.
It was epic.
I’m so speechless.
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And then, Brooke Shields brought her daughter to see the show, who is currently studying E.A.Poe at school.
Brooke Shields was actually crying when we met her after the show.
And she gave us all a hugs.
I hugged Brooke Sheilds and she said amazing work.
What is going on. Is this real.
(photo of the group from the side, taken by our amazing ASM Paddle)
Photo above by Bruce Glikas
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Brick buildings and friends… both reliable, classic and beautiful.
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It’s absolutely surreal to be doing a show in NYC and have a good friend from a past life come and see the show. The same good friend that in that past life dreamed the same dream of living and working in NYC. For Keltie, that dream came true over 10 years ago and I wish I could have been there to see her but I’m so grateful that, just by chance she was able to come and see me. I’ve always looked up to Keltie for her passion and drive to always follow whatever her dreams are. She’s accomplished so much I couldn’t even begin to list it all. She is the definition of dedication… and probably one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known. She sets her mind on something and she makes it happen. It’s been roughly 10 years since I saw her last… and like I said earlier… absolutely surreal to have her come and see the show. We’ve both come a long way from Sherwood Park…
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And a letter from my wife.
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Just 3 blocks away is a place called Gotham Market… and no, Batman is not there… I checked… but it’s still pretty cool.
In Gotham Market, food, lots of food, and the perfect coffee place.
Blue Bottle Coffee, which I actually wish was further away, so it wasn’t so easily tempting my day in and out, is your typical hipster indy coffee bar… and it serves a damn good cup of joe.
Today was my day off.
I walked around with friends.
I looked a buildings.
I purchased groceries.
I went to:
What an incredible play
What an incredible story
What an incredible cast
What an incredible design
What an incredible show
This show has surpassed all my expectations of theatre. The storytelling was outstanding, the acting was breathtaking, the show!? I can’t even begin to describe it. If you are in NYC, you need to see it. Count yourself lucky to be here when it’s happening. If you can’t afford it, use your credit card. This show is worth every dime. I’m so so happy I saw it.
And to top the whole day off, I came home still high off the show and found a package waiting for me from my mom.
Some gluten-free cookies and a little gift to remind me of home.
Don’t worry mom, I’m thinking about it all the time.
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As I was walking back to my apartment for a quick dinner between a B-Roll shoot for Nevermore and our last preview of the week, I started walking down 9th ave but for some reason I stopped myself dead in my tracks and was compelled to continue down 49th street and take 10th… which is typically not what I do. You see, 10th is REALLY windy on most days and the less time spent walking it, the better. I even had a walking light which would have allowed me to not stand and wait… but still, I said no, I’ll go this way. Then, as I was walking down 49th towards 10th, I passed a gentleman with an easel set up on the curb, painting a landscape towards the location of our stage door. I’ve never just asked a stranger if I could take their picture, but I figured this was the reason I was walking 49th and I stopped and asked him. He said yes, a little stand-off-ish at first and with every right… I’m sure I didn’t get all my makeup off from this afternoon… and so, here I was, with deep dark circled baggy red eyes asking to take his picture. But once I took out my camera, I could see him open up again… as it wasn’t just my iPhone. As we small talked, I started to find out he was not just some guy painting on the street, but in fact, a well know landscape artist from London, England… only in NYC for the next week working on a new series which will be exhibited at the Spring Masters Fair at the Amory in May of this year. I gave him my card and ensured him I’d be back in just over an hour, heading back to the theatre for my show… so if he was still there… I’d take some more pictures of the painting a little further along. By the time I got back, it was starting to get dark, and I feared he might be gone as I know from my wife (who is also a visual artist), that having light is important…. as I approached the same spot he was at before, I could see his shadow still working away… and attached to his head? A head lamp. Pure genius. He seemed just as happy to see me again… shared some stories of unique individuals who approached him (I can only imagine him being a magnet for that) and rushed off to my show. From my very brief encounter with Andrew Gifford, I’m positive he is a very kind, very funny and very talented gentleman…. a tiny decision to go a different way back to my apartment introduced me to him. His art can be viewed on the JM London Website…. I encourage you to click that link and view his work.
If anyone wants to contact his gallery and purchase this painting for me… that would be the ultimate gift… I would have done it there on the street… but he needed it for his upcoming exhibition.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 15
…popped out a little Poe.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 14
Two weeks feels like:
All at the same time.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 13
The detail to the costumes in this show are incredible.
Bretta Gerecke is a genius.
And so is the team of brilliant assistant’s she has had over the years on this show.
The majority of the costumes and props in Nevermore are built with paper and tape.
Here are some backstage macro’s of a few items:
First two- A corpses mask
Next three- Edgar’s book and a tiny trunk
Last two- a dying mothers boney fingers
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 12
Rehearsing. Performing. Eating. And Sleeping.
That’s my day.
Oh, also Joking and Laughing and Loving.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 11
Including a very good friend.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 10
Woke up to sad news from home,
Did some work at my desk,
Saw an old friend for coffee,
Walked by Rockefeller,
Went to the Apple Store on 5th
Walked by Ed Sullivan Theatre
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 9
These all happen on a regular day basis:
I look down the cross-over and I’m blown away that everything fits,
I walk by our mezzanine entrance which is shared with Avenue Q and I get a full body shiver,
I walk back to my apartment after a long day of tech and remember ‘Oh right, I’m in New York’,
One of the best guys in the world helps me get ready and I help him,
I see amazing buildings, inside and out and
I am surrounded by amazing, caring and giving people.
After a long, exhausting week.
A day off is on the way…
I think I’ve finally come to understand why they call New York
‘The City That Doesn’t Sleep’
I’ve always thought it was because people are up until the wee hours of the morning partying,
but that’s not the case, everyone is working, they are always working, working to pay their rent,
it’s hard to push that energy away when you get here…
I have trouble sleeping,
I stay up late working on the show,
working on photos
working on anything else to be productive.
It’s important to breath and just relax.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 8
I love this show.
The people, the words, the music, the eye candy.
I love everything about it.
One of my favourite things about it,
Is something only a select few ever get to see,
And only if you’ve been backstage will you know how magical this is.
The scrim (the huge piece of fabric that catches light at the back of the set),
is see-through in moments.
Especially, when it’s not lit and actors are side lit on stage.
The magical thing, is they aren’t completely visible,
It’s more so impressions,
They actually look like visions in a dream,
Which is just so perfect for the show.
During the few moments in the show where I have a moment to pause and re-connect,
I often try to do it backstage center,
These pictures don’t even come close to how magical it is,
And I’m actually happy for that,
It’s a special thing
Only for us….
but I wanted you to know.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 7
Today marks our first week in NYC.
I’m exhaust, excited, nervous and confident.
The show is coming together…
all things are right.
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My first ever haircut in a Barber Shop,
And more from a world that I love to explore…
This time with portraits galore.
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Outside the stage door,
Taxi’s fly by;
While inside and below,
Our dreams come alive.
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Meeting and Greeting.
Actors on stage
Meeting the team.
Too many to count and this isn’t even them all.
This doesn’t include the handfuls of people,
Way way back home
That work and have worked
An overwhelming feeling.
Excited and scared.
Calm and exploding.
Meeting and greeting.
A lot of new people.
It’s a big team.
Your hair is too long.
Let’s just cut some off
These scissors are typically not for your hair.
Actors on stage.
This is their home.
Home away from home.
Home away from home away from home away from…
Escaping, surrendering, remembering… forgetting.
Listening and watching and everything else.
This is our home.
Home away from home.
Home away from home away from home away from…
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 3
Day three brings a social security number.
The opening of an american Bank Account.
And some much needed rest before the storm hits.
How to turn off in NYC?
1. Hang a bed sheet over your living room window.
2. Aim a projector at that sheet.
3. Hook it up and watch some South Park… or play Mariokart on Wii U.
Both of which we did tonight.
We even caught the eye of our across the street neighbour and people passing by on the street.
From their end. They get a pretty good show too.
Just no audio.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 2
I’ve only been here for a day.
And sometimes… most times… I feel like I’m living in a cliché.
Of all days.
May take the prize.
On the 12th floor of a mid-town High-rise.
I enter the elevator. There is a lonely girl. And I can smell her fear.
Odd, I think.
I turn my eyes to a notice on the elevator wall.
Pearl Studio Auditions: 4th Floor, 9th Floor, 12th Floor.
Among the shows;
Various Cruise Lines,
The list goes on.
Ding, the door opens.
And I’m transported to the epitome of a theatre cliché.
The floor is packed with people.
Pacing back and forth. Humming tunes. Warming up.
Every room I pass I can hear people singing for their lives.
They ALL sound amazing.
Over and over, a cacophony musical theatre and pop songs ring through the doors.
And the ones waiting.
Self-doubting girl after self doubting boy.
While others sit straight forward. Game face on. Nothing will break their concentration.
Confidence and Doubt. Courage and Fear.
And then I find our rehearsal hall.
Across the way.
In the building adjacent?
A group of ballerina’s work at the bar.
Where am I?
I’m on the twelve floor of heaven.
NEVERMORE IN NEW YORK DAY 1
On the first day of New York,
My day off gave to me;
A rooftop deck with foggy Manhattan,
Friends Roaming Town and Posing at the Times,
And the closing performance of Sideshow staring someone from the past.
The energy is rich in this city.
Just outside my apartment.
I can open a door.
Walk up one half-flight of stairs.
Open another door.
And I find myself viewing a wonderful beast.
On this deck.
I meet Manhattan.
At eye level.
We are on even ground.
Sizing each other up.
And accepting each other.
And expecting more.