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Where Can You Take a Girl

The last month included a performance of Where Can You Take a Girl at the Broadway on Broadway concert. It was a grey old Sunday in Times Square but the fans still turned out and it was a real rush performing the number at the “Crossroads of the Universe”. This month sees a change in our cast as Katie Finneran departs. Her baby is due in the new year and it’s just amazing to me that she has been able to continue playing “Marge”, until now. The costume department extended the blouse she wears under the ‘owl coat’ to hide her baby bump. I will miss her madly. I was first asked to participate in an industry reading of Promises, Promises, back in December 2008; to see if the show still had legs. Of that group Sean Hayes, Katie, Brooks Ashmanskas, and myself were ultimately cast in the show. Now, though, we have the hilarious Molly Shannon waiting in the wings to replace Katie through the end of our run on Jan 2nd. Welcome Molly!

In other news, Kristin Chenoweth has asked me to join her for a New Year’s Eve concert in L.A., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Details are still being hammered out but it would mean flying out on December 31st, performing that night and flying back the next day for our penultimate performance of Promise, Promises on January 1st. She’s also talking about a huge tour next year. Keep you posted. Later this month I will be dancing with Susan Stroman as she creates a new work for New York City Ballet. The Australian Broadway Network website is up and running. Check it out – www.australianbroadwaynetwork.com.

100th Show

Tonight we celebrate our 100th show of Promises, Promises. It’s been an exciting ride since opening in late April. The box office has been booming. We recorded the album, which sounds great. We got a big bump in sales after the Tony Awards, where we performed the opening number. Sean Hayes was a tremendous host for the evening at Radio City and Kristin added some hilarious moments, too. In May we performed “Where Can You Take a Girl” on board the Intrepid for fleet week and again at Broadway in Bryant Park. In August I’m going to be doing a reading of a new musical adaptation of the B. H. Barry’s Peter Pan. It’s called “Pan”. It’s being directed by Jeffrey Seller – one of Broadway’s most successful producers. Choreography will be by Andy Blankenbuehler. Later in the year I will be back in the studio working with Stroman on a new ballet. More on that later.