Ok, let's try this again shall we. Yesterday we lost two preview performances for Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story at Wayside Theatre due to snow. The storm wasn't supposed to hit us that hard, but it did. We've got colder than normal temperatures and the usual road treatments couldn't keep up. We basically had no choice but to pull the shows.
We're back on today for the opening night performance at 6:30 after a rehearsal at 2pm. The show is a remount of an earlier production so we know how it plays, so that's not an issue. What we lost was a chance to tweak sound levels with an audience in the house, so we'll be doing some of that live as we perform tonight.
The weather keeps socking us hard and we're beginning to think we can't catch a break as we keep struggling to keep things operating here. Some readers will remember we lost 5 performances and $20,000 back in December when 2 feet of snow forced us to cancel all performances the weekend before Christmas. You can't fight Mother Nature, but I'm beginning to look for ways to do so.
In any regard, we're on for tonight's opening. The cast is raring to go, and I'm sure the rock and roll will melt some of the snow around us. At least in our hearts.
We've been having some fun remounting Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story at Wayside Theatre these last few weeks. And why not. It's a rock and roll party. There's no denying the music is incredible and the show is just a lot of fun. Robbie Limon is amazing as Buddy Holly and the rest of the cast is outstanding. We're looking at lots of fun once the first audiences show up today.
During rehearsals, Robbie found this recording of a conversation that Buddy Holly secretly taped during a conversation with Decca Records, trying to get the rights back to the song, That'll Be the Day, so that he could re-record it his way. The incident around the Decca recording of that song is featured in the show and makes for some great theatre (and great rock and roll.) Here's the recording. But you'll have to come see the show for the real fun.
Color my imagination limited. Somehow I never pictured sumo wrestlers as big singers or Glee fans. The very popular show is about to debut in Japan and this commercial features, well, it features sumo wrestler Akebono Taro singing Don't Stop Believin.
J.D. Salinger, and author who in many ways left a defining mark on 20th Century American Culture has died at the age of 91. His 1951 book, Catcher in the Rye, captured the imagination and the ire of many and became both a recommended title and book that was often banned or restricted by those who feared he language and the rebellious qualities of its adolescent hero, Holden Caulfield. The battles over Catcher in the Rye became a symbol of much of what Salinger was writing about and at least in my case, was a wonderfully ironic look into the craziness of our society.
The Wall St. Journal has what I think is an excerpt from the book, The Quants, the still not understood scheme that many think let to the collapse of the economy. Probably worth a read.
Sarah Lacy on TechCrunch shares her view on how to disrupt Wall St via the Internet. Dear Sarah, the only way to stop this kind of thievery, is to be a better bunch of thieves than they are. Or just knock them off.
Osama Bin Laden supposedly releases a tape claiming credit for the Crotch Bomber and trying to stir up some fuss. Doesn’t this guy realize he’s a bigger success by keeping his mouth shut? I guess even terrorists have egos that need feeding.
The FCC is helping out the microphone biz by reclaiming the 700 MHz frequency that many of them broadcast on. Churches, theatres, bingo halls, you name will be in violation for using these microphones. I’m guessing this is a move to boost the economy. At least for company’s that manufacture microphones.
Frank Rich says the White House needs a reboot after what he calls the Massachusetts Massacre with some tough head banging against Wall St. They don’t have the horses to do it, nor the balls to see it through. There are no great secrets here and all the reading of history will prove is that you can’t beat those who control the money, unless you take away their money. And we all know that won’t happen.