Welcome to my new Blog and thanks for taking a moment to read it. This is the place where I will share thoughts on the the theater and the world. I hope to inform and inspire through these posts.
Today I will take a brief moment to introduce myself and my experience in the world.
I grew up in NYC and went to a different school than my two brothers. So on holiday weeks when I was home and they were at school, my mother started taking me to see Broadway shows. I can vividly remember seeing Annie and falling in love with Andrea Mcardle, seeing Frank Langella in Dracula and getting Adrian Zmed's autograph after Grease. I know Adrian Zmed, really! But I was a kid and wanted to be just like Knickie and the Fonz from Happy Days. As a young boy, I fell in love with live theater and wanted to be a part of it. I would also stay up late and watch Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly movies on PBS and those two made me want to dance.
I started out in the theater as a boy in school doing plays, musicals and dance concerts. And yes I did get called 'twinkle toes' by my wrestling coach, but it didn't bother me, because when I danced, I knew who I was and that's all that mattered. As I developed my dancing abilities I soon realized that I could pursue many of my other interests later in my life, but dancing could not wait. In a way, I didn't choose dance, it chose me.
Believe it or not, had I not attended dartmouth College, I would never have been a dancer. In college, I studied with Pepe and Vicki DeChiazza who not only taught me technique but taught me about process, and in the end, the process of anything is truly the most valuable part of the journey. I began my professional career, directly after college, with the Paul Taylor Dance Company where I danced for 11 years. In that time I was involved in creating over 20 new works, traveled to over 35 countries, and got to dance for 1 President, 3 Queens (real ones), and millions of people. It was awesome! Post Taylor, I performed for Twyla Tharp for a minute, but we did not get along, so I quit. Anyone who has worked for her understands. Then it was on to Broadway where I have performed in Contact (National Tour), Jumpers, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. While doing Dirty Rotten, I got wind of The Color Purple coming to Broadway and along with my producing partner and fellow performer, Adam Zotovich, I decided to jump into producing theater. Roy Furman gave us an opportunity to come onboard TCP and we were off and running. TCP garnered 11 Tony nominations (the film received 11 Oscar noms-interesting coincidence) and ran for three years at the Broadway Theater. Our first show and it was a hit! Subsequently we have worked on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Legally Blonde-the Musical and the upcoming revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, all as producers.
I feel that my journey is just beginning with this new phase and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you as I go along. Thanks for reading and hope I didn't bore you.