By 1:30pm I have finally shaved, watched three episodes of 30 Rock, considered casting away worldly possessions to live in the woods and done a disturbing rendition of "Music and the Mirror" in nothing but a towel.
I wrapped up the season at Sacramento Music Circus with the opening of Cats and went home for a few days to the bay area for a visit. My little brother and nephew are really starting to become little people instead of babies. They are adorable and hilarious! It's exciting to watch them grow.
Then I headed back to Irvine for a couple days where I packed up my old apartment and moved out! I am now living on the border of Koreatown and Wilshire Park in Los Angeles in an extremely charming 1920's townhouse with my dear friend, Rachel.
During all of this activity I have also been working on some projects!
I have been lucky enough to assist Dennis Castellano with the Musical Direction of Sondheim's Putting It Together at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, CA. The show is a revue of Sondheim songs from several shows strung together with a new plot of a socialite party in Manhattan. The music and lyrics are by none other than the great Stephen Sondheim and the show was devised by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie.
The show begins previews September 11, 2009 and opens officially on the 18th. For more information please visit the South Coast Rep website. Directed by Nick DeGruccio.
I've also been rehearsing for an upcoming concert workshop version of Bare: A Pop Opera! I wasn't very familiar with the show before being cast in it, but I understand that it is quite popular. I'm playing the role of Lucas, who is a Catholic high school student and drug dealer.
The show runs October 2-3, 2009 at the Arts Works theatre on Santa Monica Blvd and Wilcox. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Bag Tickets. The cast features several UCI Alums and some other cool kids too. And did I mention that my featured moment in the show is a rap?
Yes ladies and gentlemen, my hip hop stardom is on the rise, and you don't want to miss it.