May 16, 2013

Backstage @ Broadway: THE BLOG (Part One)

“Tra-la!  It’s May!”  (Name that show…)

It’s May at ol’ Broadway: Now & Forever and I am sitting here in the dressing room, at 15 minutes until the show, realizing that this blog is due on the 15th.  Thank goodness for that reminder, on so many levels!

First of all let me start off by saying thank you to anyone who reads this!  I think it’ll be fun to give you a glimpse behind the curtain and into the lives of the performers here at American Music Theatre.  If you’ve already seen the show you may know me as your friendly neighborhood patron, Monsieur Thenardier in “Master of the House,” an assortment of other jolly characters throughout, or MAYBE you’ll recall my crazy tall-haired antics as an Elf in the 2011-2012 Christmas shows.

Broadway: Now & Forever at American Music Theatre

Here I am performing in a couple recent AMT shows

Generally about this time backstage the dancers have warmed up, the singers have sung their scales or run through their music (which *raises hand* may be multiple times,) and everyone is putting on their finishing touches which for some include a heavy amount of make-up, layers of costumes, and multiple pre-sets of props and garments just off-stage.  If you turn a random corner you might find yourself face-to-face with one of your favorite characters from an iconic Broadway musical, but to each of us we are just great friends and colleagues, who are blessed to be able to come together and bring you this wonderful show each day.

Broadway: Now & Forever at American Music Theatre

Julie Keough applies green make-up to portray the Wicked Witch of the West from "Wicked"

This cast is stuffed with talented, supportive people, who are all full of personality.  If it looks like we’re having fun onstage, “duh” it’s because we are, and it’s because of you, the audience, that we are reminded how special it is to be able to step out onstage and do what we love!

Broadway: Now & Forever at American Music Theatre

Ric Zimmerman lurks behind the dressing room curtain as "The Phantom of the Opera"

Keep up over the next five months as I take you behind the curtain of Broadway: Now & Forever, and give you a glimpse into the lives of our cast, before, during, and after a performance.  Also, stay tuned for my upcoming video blog “Flip for Broadway!”

We just got “PLACES…” – Got to run!!!

- Michael  Michael Austin at American Music Theatre

Michael J. Austin has been Featured Vocalist & Actor at American Music Theatre since 2011, beginning with Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Find him on Facebook or visit his website at www.michaeljasonaustin.com for more information!



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