When the rehearsal was over, I left Pearl Studios in a fantastic mood! I couldn’t help but be captivated by the dancers’ infectious energy, athleticism, and passion. Watching this rehearsal up close proved what I’ve believed since I saw my first Broadway show as a youngster: Performers love what they do, so much so that there’s nothing else they’d rather be doing. We should all feel that way about our jobs, shouldn’t we?
When we sit in the audience, it’s easy to get caught up in the production –– the costumes, lighting, dancing, singing, and storyline. Spending time in the studio reminded me what it takes to make it to that stage. The years of training. The dedication both physically and mentally. The competitive auditions and callbacks. The hours in rehearsal. The survival job to pay the rent. The pure exhaustion and sometimes chronic injuries that come with performing eight shows a week.
And when a show’s run is nearing its end, performers get back on that audition horse again, in hopes of landing the next job.
I can’t wait to see this groovy production in its entirety. Trip of Love will start previews September 26, with opening night scheduled October 18 at Stage 422 (422 W 42nd St). For more info on the show, visit the website.