life in the theaterPosted: September 9, 2014
Terry and I love live theater. We saw Phantom of the Opera multiple times during its run at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. We saw it for the first time at a matinée in Los Angeles and it was that evening that we got engaged. At the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts we have seen Cats, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Rent, and Wicked. I’m sure I left out a few. We’ve see a national tour of A Chorus Line and were at the Curran to see the opening of the revival before it headed to Broadway.
I’m grateful for the people who choose this life. It has to be hard work. You’re out there five or six times a week, and you have to get it right every time. Some of the actors on national tours have television or film experience where it may require multiple takes, but once the taping is complete it’s complete. Tim Kazurinsky, who was the Wizard in the national tour of Wicked that we saw, was on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. That show was live, yes, but once a week’s show is done it’s done. It’s not the same on stage, but he’s out there doing it, and doing it well.
If you’re on Broadway, or on a national tour, or in a regional theater troupe somewhere, you’re out there delivering your best every time. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, anyway. Terry and I once saw a national touring show of the original A Chorus Line here in Silicon Valley. The actor playing Zack was clearly phoning in his lines. Or perhaps better, he was stepping all over them.
That is a rarity. The other 99.99% of the time the actors are out there giving it their all.
I love that. I deeply appreciate that. I salute those who choose that life.