I’m coming to the end of my run in CHICAGO, the musical, on Broadway. Any fans out there living in NYC, near NYC, or are planning a trip to NYC, you have through this weekend to catch me as Roxie Hart.
It’s been my run in CHICAGO that’s kind of kept me from posting new blogs these past couple of months. The show just takes it out of me. I’m tired. As Roxie says in the show, “I’m older than I ever intended to be.” LOL.
But since CHICAGO is my excuse I thought I’d share a few backstage memories with all of you. You know, let you in on the little things that keep me going when I’m exhausted or injured. Mainly, it’s the cast and crew. I adore these people. Coming back into the show is like returning to family. It’s comfortable. It fits. And I feel at home. These people, show people, if you will, keep me laughing, keep me on my toes, and keep me happy even on dark or lagging days.
Meet Amra-Faye Wright. You can always count on her to don some crazy costume put together from any number of random bits of goodies lying around backstage. Nothing like coming off stage between scenes and coming face to face with this image.
There’s another picture I have of Amra that I’d love to post, but it’s really a little too risqué for general viewing. But imagine if you will returning to your dressing room to the image of a woman beveling in your doorway, gingerly clasping a glass of champagne, clad in nothing more than a G-string and the bottom of a take-out container somehow magically floating to cover her boobs. Hilarious. I just burst out laughing! I believe some have been put away for less.
Then there’s this guy . . . Raymond Bokhour, our Amos, usually bald, wearing a defunct Go-To-Hell-Kitty wig. He’s very serious here, but I dare any of you to keep a straight face looking at this picture.
Then of course there’s the completely blasé, not trying to be funny moments that can crack me up the most. Nothing like women in scantily clad lingerie perusing the New York Times or checking their phones.
And you can always count on a photo bomb. We are narcissistic artists dying for attention after all.
And I can always count on a wild story or two from this loon, Ryan Lowe, our Mary Sunshine.
Antics are ongoing . . . We had a weird day earlier this week when a few of us went up on our lines. It happened 4 times in one show. That is highly irregular. We were all wondering what gremlins were out there jinxing us left and right. Because each time the person going up was in a scene with me, our Billy Flynn, Jason Danieley, decided to stand just off-stage so I would see him when I ran off between scenes. I saw him holding a tissue over his nose and mouth, pointing at me with panic, and saying, “It’s catching. You’re the carrier.”
It’s not easy to capture in words the crazy scenarios that ensue backstage, but it’s never dull. That is for certain.
The racy innuendos and crass, politically incorrect jokes would probably get most everybody fired in a different vocational setting. I don’t envision many HR departments tolerating some of the particularly crude tomfoolery that pops up behind the scenes at CHICAGO. But therein lies the fun and wit. Everyone knows it’s all in good fun. We kid ‘cause we love.
I will miss my Chi-Town friends, my theater family. I hope to return soon. But now it’s back to my everyday, always with me friends and family. I’ve missed them so much. And lucky for me, my regular life is never dull either. When I scroll through the photos on my phone I realize that my life is chock full of laughs, outings, laughter, and blessings.
So until the next time . . . I’m back to my regular life – working out, taking dance classes, spending time with friends, seeing shows — which is really as awesome as my theater life, minus performing every night. I’ll miss performing a lot!! So it’s all a little bittersweet. But onward and upward. In the meantime I’ll be continuing my affiliation with RC Willey home furnishing as their spokesperson. (Shout out to my fans in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Whoop whoop.) And who knows what else will follow.
So. I’m baaaack friends! Let’s make my new found freedom count!
P.S. – For an even more in depth look behind the scenes of CHICAGO, check out this fabulous article by fellow castmate Brian O’Brien!
P.S.S. – A funny tid-bit is that no one actually calls Brian by his name. We all call him Bob. (Get it? B. O’. B.) hahaha
Welcome back! We’ve missed you (well…I know I have). It’s so nice to have a work family that you love. That way you never feel like “the new girl”. I really hate being the new girl.
Can’t wait to read what you’re up to in the coming weeks!
Love and hugs,
Sherry, you’re the best!!!! One post in weeks and you’re the first to comment!
I’ve been so out of it I haven’t even read any of your blogs lately. I believe they come to my website email address which I’m not able to check as often.
But I’ll get caught up eventually. Hope life is good for you!
Hmmm…stalk much Sherry?
No worries my friend…I haven’t posted in months! Life is good except that I didn’t get time to get to NY to see you in Chicago. I promise I will next time!
Congratulations on your latest appearances with Chicago! We know how you love it.
Very impressed that you took the time to be one of the best aunties around while you were so busy. Love you bunchies <3
I always tell friends you are the best Roxie EVER!!!!……love you dearly…..I’ll be in NYC april 28-may4….hope to see you and Patrick then!
Thank you, sweetheart!
And then you’ll have both your eyes fixed!
Loved the photos and all-too-familiar backstage insights. I, too, have a theatre family–my big loving talented dysfunctional Steps family! We’ve been together so long we know each other’s food preferences, who prefers a window or an aisle, favorite shows/movies/books, etc. Best of all, we’re there for each other during times of personal glory or despair. These people are irreplaceable in my life, as I’m sure your CHICAGO family is in yours.
I look forward to seeing you in NYC–and to more of your wonderful blog posts!
Fascinating behind the scenes glimpse of a world that is very mysterious to those of us who are only audience. Thanks!
After you get a well-deserved break, we’re looking ahead to your next show — Dancing Lessons?
Yes, Dancing Lessons! At least I sure hope so.
How I adore my friend!! I do wish I was able to see you in this, but I’m still being the cranky old Jewish man for a few more weeks. Next time, boo…I promise! Whatever it is, we’ll be there! So happy you’re dancing and moving so well. Not letting my knees dictate my life, either! Love you! Love to Patrick and Georgie!
Congrats on a successful run! Have followed you all these years and have two sons at YPAS in Louisville. Keep being wonderful, talented you.
Hello paige. My name is emma. I’m from England and I went to NYC for a short break. We saw Chicago that you were in. I had seen the show back in London which I enjoyed but your performance was outstanding. Just wanted to let you know I’m now a big fan of yours.