I arrived in China
on July 21/2007 and almost exactly 5 months later I’ll be leaving this amazing country. My next stop is South Korea. Below are some of my favourite moments & photos I’ve had both on & off the stage in China. Looking back at all this has made me realize what a truly phenominal opportunity this has been. Doing an amazing show is one thing. Doing an amazing show in a country where the history & current culture are so radically different from my own has made this one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
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These are the first “42nd Street” show pictures that were taken during our preview performances in Longgang, China
So that’s it. We leave Longgang, China after a month of rehearsals & previews. It’s been a long, sometimes exhausting time! But it’s all starting to pay off. Now the cast is off for a week vacation in Shanghai before we open there the first week of September.
We’ve had an exciting addition to the cast. Her name is Marsha Yuan. She’s a star from a Chinese television show called “My Show”…sort of like American Idol. And her mom just happens to be Pei-pei Cheng
: a Chinese movie mega-star that played the character of Jade Fox in the movie “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” They will both be with the tour for our Shanghai run and it adds a bit of crazy excitment to everything.
These are my final pics from Longgang, China. It’s the last of our rehearsals, technical rehearsals, and a fun party that the director threw for us at the hotel.
“42nd Street” in Asia is now in preview performances in Longgang, China. The cast moves to Shanghai now for a week vacation before the tour’s official opening night there. There was a really overwhelming response to the first preview in Longgang, so we’re all hoping for a great opening in Shanghai.
We’ve gone through some crazy experiences! It’s hard to run offstage with only 1-2 minutes to do a complete costume change from head-to-toe and realize that your dresser doesn’t speak any English and you’re missing a bow-tie and gold tap-shoes but you don’t have time to play charades to try to tell them this! But all these things add to an amazing experience here in China.
We did a performance of “We’re In The Money” for Chinese media and television stations. This is amature footage of the preview:
I’ve just started my 3rd week here in China and things are going pretty well. A little overwhelming. But I’m with a good group! I survived a travel day of about 20 hours from Toronto to NYC to Hong Kong. Then a few more hours to get to Longgang, China where I’m rehearsing.
My stomach doesn’t seem to be adjusting so well to the food! But I’ll give it time. Rehearsals have been intense. If onstage swing & male dance captain weren’t enough the creative team also put me in to understudy the supporting lead role of Andy Lee in the show! So I have no excuse to ever be bored! I got a WICKED blister/sore/cut/gouge in my heel and I’ve been nursing it for over a week now. Each time I put my tap shoes on I want to cry!
We’ve all fallen in love with the Karaoke Rooms at our hotel here, as the pictures will tell! Other than that, there hasn’t been much free time yet so I don’t have too many exciting stories to tell! I’ll get cookin’ on that, though!