Farewell to 2006 – the year in review

January – I take a week off from conducting The Dinosaur Musical to travel to Hong Kong. Alex, meanwhile, travels east to Scotland; for a brief moment, we are on opposite sides of the globe, with neither of us in Philly.
February – Kerry portrays Cogsworth the Clock in Beauty and the Beast at Merion Mercy School. Sweeney Todd in NYC, the first of two John Doyle-directed Sondheims we’ll see this year.
March – Oral surgery over spring break is followed by the speediest of recoveries. Grand Hotel rehearsals.
April – Grand Hotel plays at the Merriam Theater. The MTEA meets in NYC and I am elected president.
May – Alex graduates from U Arts, receiving the Dean’s Award. D’Arcy and I, capped and gowned, greet him with hugs onstage during commencement. Later that week, the production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” which I music-directed at the Arden opens.
June – D’Arcy’s directorial debut, helming A Perfect Ganesh at the Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival. Alex turns 21. He becomes Employee #2 and part owner of P’unk Avenue, a web design firm.
July – Birthdays for D and me, plus our 26th anniversary. Tonya Pinkins at Omega Institute. Whit, Albert and I work together on an exploration of Einstein’s Dreams. The crowns go on the implants in the right side of my mouth.
August – A long visit from Carol and Mick. Cirque du Soleil and other touristy delights. I get a Barrymore nomination for “Forum.’
September – Alex moves into a house just up 12th Street from us. I return to Shenandoah for Journey of the Song 2.0.
October – The East Passyunk Civic Association and Town Watch is founded, with D’Arcy on its board. For the second year in a row, I don’t win a Barrymore.
November – Company in NYC, another John Doyle joint. U Arts celebrates its 130th birthday with a lavish gala. D’Arcy takes two classes at the Wilma, studies with Ben Lloyd, and teaches her neck to be free. Thanksgiving brings my sisters, my mother and me together for the first time in eight years.
December – Kerry turns 16. He appears in Into The Woods at the Agnes Irwin School. Having spent the year shedding his acoustic guitar chops, he now begins shredding on his new Telecaster. Gigless, I spend the holiday in the bosom of my family, an altogether delightful new experience.
Altogether: a year of remarkable growth, happiness, positive change, and promise.
Next year:
Kerry in college, Weihnacht im Deutschland, Gemini 2.0, Einstein 1.1, the SAVI book, video and European tour, Berlin to Broadway, Back to Back to Back, peace on earth and good will toward men. Thoughts become things!

One Response to “Farewell to 2006 – the year in review”

  1. Brad Greer says:

    So glad I found your blog.
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas songs and photos, and the Company review.
    I’d be interested to know what you thought of this new Grease reality show, searching for the next Danny and Sandy. Sunday’s @ 8 on NBC, in case you didn’t know. I had to turn it off halfway through. See you in a few weeks!
    – Brad

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