Friday night after the show I walked down the street to Evita and met up with my friend, Erica Mansfield. We hopped into a cab and made our way east to Biblioteca to grab a drink in honor of Evan, Julie Kotaride's fiance's, 30th birthday. Birthday cheer and margaritas hit the spot.
Saturday is the most important day of the week in the Fall. Why you ask?? Because it's College Game Day!! Oh, what's that? You want to know which team to root for!? Well, PENN STATE of course!! I know my alma mater has had a brutal year, it truly hurts my heart, but I still stand behind "dear old state" and will be cheering on my lions this whole season. I am aware that our football record may end up being as brutal as the year we've had, but I'm no fair weather fan, so bring it on, I say! Anyway, I walked into work Saturday morning wearing my Penn State t-shirt to find 4 other girls sporting their teams of choice (all the wrong choice might I add). We figured it would be a great SIP (Saturday Intermission Pic).
In between shows I met my friend Frankie Paparone for some sushi at Kodama, the unofficial Broadway sushi joint. Frankie and I met while he was subletting my roommate's room in my apartment. We really hit it off and formed a lasting friendship forged on Bachelorette watching (I was team Arie) and late night dishing. The hostess led us to a table right next to my friends Neka Zang and Brett Rowe! Neka, Brett and I did the Mary Poppins tour together. So, I ended up getting to catch up with 3 friends instead of one! Neka is currently killing it in Rock of Ages and she happens to be next month's BroadwayWorld Blogger! So go see her in the show and then read all about it!
On Saturday evenings its nice to find some extra motivation, as two show days can be exhausting. The women's ensemble found their motivation in the form of a hat exchange. At the end of the 2nd Act we all come out doing a reprise of "Gotta Be There" which then goes into a hilarious wedding scene. We are all dressed in different blue and white dresses for it, and we decided it would be fun to switch all our hats around. I am not at liberty to say whether or not we went on stage with our hats that way, but I CAN say that it was thrilling and really fun. On a side note, my straight dance partner, Joey Sorge, had no clue anything was different.
Sunday is always a good day. We get to do a late matinee performance, and have a day off on Monday. Well I rushed home after the show because my dear friend, NatAlie Hall, flew in from LA to stay with me for the week! I hadn't seen her in almost a year, so it was awesome to reunite!
Julie Kotarides, Stephanie Gibson, Natalie and I were sort of inseparable on the A Chorus Line tour. We had many nights filled with wine, cheese and Sex and the City. All four of us went to dinner Sunday, after Natalie had time to set up in my place a little. Those three are just amazing fun, smart, enlightened women, and I am so lucky to have them as my close friends. We just have a great time together.
Monday I tried to rest as much as possible. I caught up on some Bachelor Pad (which is really just a poor replacement for Bachelorette). Later in the evening my roommate Anthony Christian Daniel and I went to a birthday party downtown. It was a mini Mary Poppins reunion! When you tour, your cast really does become a family, and seeing those people is always special and comforting.
Tuesday, I started an acting class with Joan Rosenfels. I am excited and sort of terrified about it at the same time, but so far so good, I'll let you know how it develops! Natalie came and saw the show Tuesday night and she loved it! Yippee! Have you seen "Nice Work" yet?