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Reprise 2.0: Sweet Charity

Reprise 2.0: Sweet Charity

Putting on a star studded, classic musical in 12 days and wrapping after 15 shows left me wondering if it was all a dream. The photos at least prove we were there. :)

Kathleen Marshall was kind, good humored and efficient with her process and vision. Jerry Sternbach regaled us with many inspirational stories, and his command of the 14 piece orchestra was an absolute sight to behold. Laura Bell Bundy is a truly masterful, hilarious, force to be reckoned with and seems even more heroic to me now, having worked with her. Her choices were brave and different every night. Her commitment to our little play at a tumultuous time in her own life was beautiful. Through the passing of her father and the learning an exhaustive role, she sang and danced to the skies, sometimes twice a day. On closing night she kicked off her heels and danced a hardcore jig to Cotton Eyed Joe, then got on a plane straight for Portugal. I'm floored by what she can pack into her schedule and still be so good natured and upbeat. 

Other highlights:
Talking to Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA series regular & Avenue Q original cast member) about the evolution of the comedic timing of my last line as Carmen ("I thought she was pregnant! Isn't that why she's getting married?")
Getting a personal congrats and hug from Sharon Lawrence at the opening night party. 
Fangirling with Laura Bell about the presence of Sarah Paulson backstage and why she's one of our favorite people.
Casually meeting Craig Robinson and Gillian Jacobs.
Receiving an autographed book from Terron Brooks: Something Good On The Table

Thanks to Marcia Seligson, Michael Donovan, and Reprise 2.0 for this opportunity with such a fabulous cast and crew. I had a blast and learned a great deal. 

 Opening Night!

Opening Night!

 From Left: UCLA Grad Claudia Baffo, the incomparable (and thumbless) Jon Jon Briones, and me.

From Left: UCLA Grad Claudia Baffo, the incomparable (and thumbless) Jon Jon Briones, and me.

 The Pompeii Club: Laura Bell Bundy, Robert Mammana, and the Sweet Charity Ensemble. #givingface

The Pompeii Club: Laura Bell Bundy, Robert Mammana, and the Sweet Charity Ensemble. #givingface

 Laura Bell Bundy as Charity, Barrett Foa as Oscar, me as Carmen, and Jon Jon Briones as Herman.

Laura Bell Bundy as Charity, Barrett Foa as Oscar, me as Carmen, and Jon Jon Briones as Herman.