I would like to preface this journal entry with a couple of things. First, I love Harley Jay
. He is one of the sweetest men on the planet and an amazing Mark (I thought he was an amazing Mark long before I thought all that about him being sweet, so I'm not biased).
Another trip into the city. This time for Harley and Declan Bennett
's first on Broadway in Rent (Jonathan Larson
). My friend Jordan and I took a drive up to the city from Ohio, a nice long drive, made even longer by the fog.
We made it in for the matinee of Rent on Saturday, knowing that Adam Pascal
would be out and sure that Declan would be on his place, but no luck. Luther Creek
was on, so we gave our lotto tickets to some friends of ours and slept instead, since we'd been up all night in the car.
When we ran into Declan later, he asked us if we had come in just to see him with Anthony. We... kind of lied, lol. We came in to see his official first, but we wanted to see him shove Anthony around.
We got standing room to the evening show (at like 7:20) and saw Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp
. All of my being underwhelmed by Anthony was still there, even though he has
improved, just... not enough. Adam is still amazing, though.
going to go see Aaron LaVigne
, he had a gig Saturday night, but we were so exhausted, we just went back to our friend Jake's, where we were crashing, and slept. I did run into Aaron and Sheila Coyle on Monday, though. They're so sweet.
Next day, we pulled a double header of Rent, for Adam and Anthony's last day. The matinee was better than the evening show, with Adam falling on his ass during Happy New Year. You know when Roger and Mimi are dancing and Roger's walking backwards? Yeah, it happened then. "It's gonna be a happy new - WHOA!"
They were all cracking up until the voicemail was over.
The evening show was okay, I was kind of miserable by myself in standing room. But whatever. It was an all right show. Afterward, I just sat down outside the bar and talked to people.
Monday came the show we'd been waiting for! Harley and Declan's first official show on Broadway. We didn't get lotto, but we were able to get $30 partial view that were still pretty damn good. I missed like two people during Life Support. And Harley was in my line of vision through Out Tonight and proceeded to drink an entire bottle of water during it. Every time he would move, I'd see him out of the corner of my eye, lol.
They were great, though. Declan was really nervous, you could tell. He was okay when he was with Harley, but he was nervous alone or with Tamyra Gray
I saw a ton of people who knew me from the tour. I felt like a dork, but what can you do? Not a whole lot. Plus, at stage door, when Harley saw us, he came right over. He's not allowed to moonwalk, and he couldn't do the riff that he knows I love. It's very sad. I wasn't expecting the riff, but the moonwalk? I missed it. It was weird seeing him not doing his signature move.
The next night, more Rent, and Declan was way less nervous opposite Dana Dawson
as Mimi. She was fabulous and definitely my favorite Mimi. Her Mimi outfit was so shiny! I was mesmerized. But she and Dec were great together.
So, we were sitting lotto, front row center. I was actually sitting in the same seat I was sitting in for Adam and Anthony's first. Freaking Harley kept spitting on me. Three times. Twice during La Vie Boheme B
, at which I was cracking up, and Telly Leung
was laughing at me for laughing. And then again during the friggin' curtain call. I was like "He spat on me again!" and Harley went, "Sorry!" At stage door his excuse was all the water. I didn't mind, I just thought it was funny. And it's the risk you take in those seats.
But then later the joke came that it was good that Harley's girlfriend wasn't there since he was sharing his spit with me.
Both Harley and Declan were ridiculously sweet at stage door. Mimi Jimenez
was there, and I talked to her a little bit about going back out on the Rent tour. She and Harley were explaining to tourists about different productions and he and I were going "She's the best Seasons of Love soloist!" and she was like, "Don't tell them that!"
The next day, Jordan and I drove back to Ohio. That was where we saw Adam Pascal
and Larry Edoff
in concert. First off, we got there late. The cost of the tickets were not worth the half-show we saw. Though before Maybe This Time, Adam turns to Larry and goes, "This is kind of loungey... hey sailor." Which, um, won. So bad. I love it when they make ridiculously homo-erotic comments.
It was weird when he sang his random rendition of Glory, since I'd heard him singing the song properly three days before.
However, while everyone else was standing outside the stage door proper, Jordan and I stood where they loaded the stuff up into the car, and we stood there for about 10 minutes talking to Adam and Larry, and it was so calm and relaxed, and he was so sweet. Adam gave us both two hugs apiece and was generally adorable.
We mentioned that we had come from New York City, and he was like "Oh, did you see the last show?" and I said, "Yeah, and the one before it when you fell on your ass," and he laughed, rubbed his ass, and said, "it's still good and bruised, too." Jordan and I were like "Um... we didn't need to know that."
As usual, I was fine to the face of the celebrity, and then I became a mass of squealing fangirl once we were in the car. I can't help it, but at least we were both good to his face. I like stage dooring with Jordan because we're both that way.
And that was my recap.