Hello there! I have been negligent about posting things on this blog, and I will tell you why. Our wonderful folks over at Big Monkey Group, who update our website for us, gave me this email that they thought would be easy to remember, because I had worked with Carol Channing. It is a phrase, but with all the caps and numbers used, I very seldom get it right and am always asking them to help me. I think I have it now. At least until the next time I attempt to update this blog.
First of all, you are all going to love THE RITZ. I go way back with this show, seeing it for the first time on its opening night on Broadway in 1975. Terrence McNally wrote this play, which in itself is great, as he is fantastic. The cast was headed by Jack Weston, Rita Moreno and F. Murray Abraham. I laughed until I couldn’t breathe! During the year that the play ran, I saw it 15 times, and laughed every single time. The movie was NOT good, so please don’t judge the play by the movie. It is Rated R, for language and adult situations.…it takes place in a gay bath house, for heaven’s sake. These do not exist anymore in New York City, but in the 70’s they were very popular. In fact, Bette Midler used to do her night club act at the Continental Baths at midnight on the weekends. At the time, she was playing the role of Tzeitel on Broadway in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. After the show, she would hail a cab and go to do her outrageous nightclub act at the baths. Barry Manilow was her musical director at the time. There was a cabaret in the baths that was shut off from the bath activities. Bette was such a hit and everybody was coming to see her there, including the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. From there the rest is history, where Bette’s career is concerned. So this play, is a take off on those times, and Googie Gomez is THE RITZ’s Bette Midler…but she’s not very good. DON’T MISS IT!
ANYTHING GOES is just starting rehearsals, and is going to be a fun show. Cole Porter’s tunes are classics, and it is going to be hijinks on the high seas. More to come on that later!
As you know, I will be retiring at the end of June. I have had 8 wonderful years here at the helm of SCT. Kevin Costello will be replacing me, and he is the perfect choice. I’m his biggest fan, next to his wife and boys. He is smart, fun, extremely talented, knowledgeable, and really knows his stuff. I am so happy to welcome him to the SCT family, and I am sure he will have everyone’s support. He deserves it. I am still going to be around, so you will still see me around. I am directing FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and DOUBT next season.
I have made many great friends here at the theatre, and it has been a pleasure .
PLEASE DON’T MISS
THE RITZ directed by Richard R. Garvin
May 1st-19th, 2013