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Hi from the road.
It is Sunday and we are on our way to the airport headed toward our next city. Last night in Pittsburgh we opened 'The Christmas Sweater". As I make notes in my journal today, several things will be remembered.
1. The audience at both shows were so kind. The standing ovation when I walked out in the afternoon took me off guard. It was humbling and made the entire show emotionally difficult for me to do. It was like you were just old friends giving me a hug and I just wasn't prepared for that but I can't tell you how much it meant to me. Don, my director was caught off guard as well. He told me last night, he always counts during applause. The average is 8. Outstanding is 13. Show stopper is 20. Yesterday he counted 38. He said he has never seen that happen on Broadway or anywhere else. I think yesterday he finally understood our relationship. He has seen over the months of rehearsal how much I care about and respect you and now he understands: It is mutual. Thank you for your trust and friendship.
2. In the first show, with the mic(S) going out, lights not working etc ... Ooof. It was a tough show. But afternoon audience I meant what I said after it was all over. I know you know that but your reaction to that little 'chat' brought tears to my eyes as well. I just love you people. I am so glad we opened in Pittsburgh.
3. These are going to be the three longest weeks of my life. When I first walked off stage I was emotionally drained and regretted doing this. In fact we talked about refunding all of the money for every show and shutting it down because we all worried about the toll this project would exact from all involved as well as our ability to meet our standards every night. I didn't know how I was going to make it last night for the second show. In fact Monday I will tell you the story about how I tore a muscle in my shoulder during the show. VERY FUNNY ... ONLY WOULD HAPPEN TO ME. :) Emotionally, much tougher than I thought. I thought I had it under control but I think it will be a roller coaster ride every night.
4. Meeting people at the book signing after the show was AMAZING. So emotional for so many. Wow. You really give me strength and hope.
If you have or will see the show, I would love to read or hear your thoughts. Please post them here after you have have experienced "TCS". I would love to hear the good and bad. What you felt, your favorite part, is it what you expected, what did you experience in the audience, what was your conversation on the drive home. And most importantly, was it worth your time and hard earned money. I really hope so, we have never worked harder on anything and as you know this is the most important story of my life. We want to do it right and would love to hear from you about it.
Well we are ready to go. See you in St. Louis.
God bless and Merry CHRISTmas.