Well, and as I had hoped, the fall and, thus far, the early winter, have gone quite well. Shortly after I last wrote, I was cast in a new 1940s musical entitled All Hands On Deck!, in which I play one of four principal players. Set in July 1942, the show presents all of the classics from the era in the style of a U.S.O./Bob Hope Hollywood Victory Caravan. My role is John Handley, America’s favorite tenor, who, as part of the troupe, including Jody Maderas, the creator of the show, is raising money for the war-effort. We traveled from New York to Nebraska, with many stops in between, during the months of October and November, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience. Even better, there are plans in the works to go on tour beginning in April, and perhaps to California during the summer. Once confirmed, I’ll let you know the time, place and date so that you may catch a performance of this outstanding new work.
You may also recall that just over a year ago I became a member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. This wonderful group of actors annually performs at least two of the thirteen operettas that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This year, I was honored when I was cast as Frederic in their most popular work, The Pirates of Penzance. This is an honor rarely given to such a new member. And the show couldn’t have gone better; including a New Year’s Eve performance followed by a Gala with the trustees, the Board, and other supporters of the company. I spent that evening on cloud nine, and I very much look forward to touring with the group in March, and perhaps on a trip to London in August.
Presently, I am back in the audition circuit with a number of good opportunities pending, including more performances in New England theaters over the summer. Also, in just a week or so, I will be auditioning for the 2014 Lotte Lenya competition. This opportunity could be a real launching point for my career, as many finalists in the past have gone on to tremendous success in the theater. I will most certainly let you know if I manage to advance to the semi-finals in a few weeks.
As always, I greatly appreciate your ongoing interest and support. I’ll have much more to tell you in a couple of months, and until then, I wish you all the very best for the New Year. Here’s to a healthy, productive and successful 2014!