Saturday, March 18, 2006

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The City Sleeps

You'd be surprised how much quieter New York streets are at 3:45 am which is when we left the hotel for the airport. Traffic was down to 10-12 cars/minute passing by, only a few people walking down the street, in fact the check-in wasn't even open when we got to the airport!

Never imagined myself sleeping on the floor of an airport at 5:30 in the morning (that's for young guys travelling in Europe, right?) but have you ever actually tried sleeping on those airport seats? With the armrests, of course, they're designed to be sat in and with my backpack as a head rest the floor wasn't actually too bad. However, I've never actually been up for more than about 15 hours at a time in my life and by the time I landed in bed at 10:00 last night I'd been up for about 37 hours. Dozed on the floor, dozed on the plane, dozed on the next plane despite the incredible vibrations, dozed after I got home. But didn't sleep till 10.

Besides me, who else has performed at Carnegie? From opening night in 1891 when Tchaikovsky conducted, the Beatles in the 60s, and Bjork last fall to Monday night when the combined chorus sang with Imant Raminsh, every performer has shaped Carnegie to be what it is today.

The requisite dill pickles at an 'authentic' NY deli: Yummy!








The Lady from our cruise boat.









The lady made from Lego in the Toys R Us at Times Square:

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Big Apple

So far it's been a bit of a whirlwind but the big performance is still tonight. More pictures and posts when I get back but just to let you know the Producers is hilarious and Wicked .. is!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today . .

I'm going to be a part of, New York, New York. Sorry - just had to rub it in that I'm heading to the Big Apple on Friday morning. We don't arrive till quite late on Friday - by the time we get to the hotel it'll be close to midnight. We're staying at the Grand Hyatt, close to Grand Central Station. Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday at the hotel, dress rehearsal at Carnegie on Monday, performance Monday night. Right after the performance we board a cruise ship around the harbor, arriving back at the hotel at 1:30 am, shuttle bus leaves for the airport at 3:30 for the airport. YIKES!

We've got tickets for the Producers on Sat. night and hope to catch something on Sunday, maybe a museum or two and a bit of sightseeing. That's it.

Unless I find internet access you won't hear from me for a few days.

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