Hello friends, colleagues, et. al!
In typical Andrew fashion I got really busy and thus went MIA for 9 months from updating you all on what I've been up to. But, for good reason! It has been a very busy year since last August. So come on a quick journey with me and I'll let you know what's happened! As you know from before, I joined PCRT once again for "Anything Goes" and made my 42nd Street Moon debut in "Baker Street". However, this past Spring I joined them a second time as leading man Tom Trainor in the champagne of musicals - "No, No Nanette"
and a third time for "Kismet" in concert - which I am currently in the sitzprobe for this very moment as I am writing this!
For those who followed my adventures as the 'Cranky Crane' in the world premiere of "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" the musical, which recently won a Theatre Bay Area Award (think regional level Tony) for Best Tier II Musical, you will be happy to hear it is being remounted for 24 performances this June 3rd-June 25th at the Osher Studios at Berkeley Rep.
I also recently had the pleasure of making my Bay Area directorial debut with Bay Area Children's Theatre, directing the new Min Kahng pop musical "Step Up". It is a high octane energy musical about getting to school safely in San Francisco for middle schoolers, and it just opened this past Tuesday.
In the world of music directing I have also been busy. This summer I am elated to be music directing "School of Rock" - my first ever full length musical with a live pit. I additionally am blessed to be returning to Town Hall to music direct "Spamalot" (one of my all time favorites as the Monty Python junky I am). This previous Spring I was busy music directing the second production ever in the whole wide world of "Madagascar Jr." at Civic Arts Stage Company and "Into the Woods Jr." at Town Hall simultaneously.
AND just for an extra bit of fun - I am going back to one of my side interests I studied at UC Irvine while getting my acting degree, and sound designing Rajiv Joseph's "The North Pool" at Dragon Theatre Productions opening in just a few weeks.
So, that's been my life the last few months! Of course all on top of my usual haunts, such as my touring show about bike safety (Rock the Block) where I bust some sweet, sweet rhymes about crossing the street, and of course continuing to teach acting and music classes both privately and at the Firehouse Arts Center.
Oh and ONE last thing - the band I teach at the Firehouse, the High School Music Collaborative, just recorded their first album. Keep an eye out for it! It is well worth every penny, and fun fact: yours truly accidentally designed the cover art.
Thank you for reading friends! I'll try and stay more up to date. Even in the (thankfully) busy months of being a freelance artist. As always, thank you deeply for your support. And now, enjoy this picture of me and choreographer Sidney Spiegal standing in for Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra in Madagascar Jr. rehearsal while our leading animals were getting fitted for costumes. Nailed it.