Monday, January 19, 2015


So I came to the realization the other day that I have only ever used this blog when I have been in a New Line show.  Therefore, time to start blogging again.  We started rehearsals for Jerry Springer the Opera a few weeks ago, and I can honestly say this is going to be one hell of a ride.

Let us look at the numbers real quick:
  • There are 40 songs in the show (including Overture and Bows)
  • As a member of the studio audience, I sing in 32 songs
  • In the version that was filmed for the BBC, there were 28 studio audience members
  • We have 8 studio audience members at New Line
Going from Christmas Traditions to Springer has been one of the most exhausting decisions of my life.  I am loving every minute of it, but my voice has been causing me nothing but problems since day one, and that is the last thing that I need at this time.  Besides this issue, rehearsals have been going well.  I am still trying to decide what kind of audience member I should be.  I don't want to be just a normal guy, sitting in the stands, cheering on the lesbians.  That's been done, and there is nothing original about it.  Instead, I have been watching the real Springer series, and jotting down things that jump out to me.  The idea and image that keeps coming to me is a picture of my dad from when he first met my mom.  Very stereotypical, 1980s looking electrical engineer, or something akin to Robert Carradine in Revenge of the Nerds.  He'd seem completely out of place, yet it makes strange sense to me for someone like that to be in the audience.

Later days, Strawpun