I can't believe we just finished our run with Singin' in the Rain.
I had the best time with this show. Our cast was phenomenal and I got to meet incredible people!!
I loved sharing the stage with all of you and I was really happy you were all part of my first professional musical in America.
I will always have this experience in my heart. And I am not gonna lie, I was scared at first. All of the tapping, this being my first experience, the fast pace of putting a show together in 3 weeks. But with the incredible direction of Jon Engstrom, we all enjoyed the process and got to live on that stage.
The show was sold out every performance and each show the audience got better and better. It doesn't feel like work! I was at home!
I wish we could do the show for a few more months but life goes on.
Sending all my love to Jon Engstrom, the MTW family and my cast.
I just saw the brand new National Tour of Phantom of the Opera.
This post will go in two different ways haha
First is: I think the way the show was restaged was kind of like Les Mis meets Phantom. Very well crafted. I was still not believing that they were able to do such a big production on a Tour. It was remarkable.
Nowww, I love soooooo much the original that it hurt me a little bit to not see my favorite scenes on stage. I was expecting to see the staircase in Masquerade. The Chandelier did NOT hit the ground. But one of the things I liked about the new staged version is the Cemetery scene. It looked like a cemetery to me.
All I can say it was a bit of a mixed feeling I had. But overall it was an awesome experience. And the show is such a classic. I loved it even though the original is my favorite show ever.
I hope it stops by again!
So I finally graduated!! And the past days were amazing!! I got have my family here in Los Angeles. I went to Disneyland, Motown the musical, Sand Diego, Sea World an I met J Elaine Marcus.
That day was so magical. I needed to graduate! I have been waiting to actually audition for outside shows!!
I want to thank my favorite instructors who guided me through my College career. Kathryn Lounsbery, Wendy Rosoff, Tajma Beverly, Kyle Gonyea, Joel Bishoff, John Sloman, Lee Martino, Tracy Silver, Jamie Torcellini, Phil George, Robin Clarke, Jeff Caldwell, John DeLuise, Leslie Stevens, Scott Harlan, Nick Petrillo, Jeff Rizzo and James Lent. Without you guys, I would never grow as a performer and most importantly as a person.
I have made lots of friends and lost some of them but the ones that are still in my journey will always be here.
Right now I am heading on a brand new journey because I just got cast in Singing in the Rain at Musical Theatre West. Let's tap and have some fun!
Once again, thank you everybody that was part of my journey. Even the people that did not believe in me, without you I wouldn't be able to explore new horizons. I would settle and be happy with what I had to give. I don't need to name anybody because y'all know who you are haha.
But, THANK YOU to the people that helped in these 2 years and 8 months. From friends all the way to my favorite accompanists. I love you all!
This show just closed its revival on Broadway.
But the show that 3D brought to us is stunning. I was on Broadway.
Leslie Stevens created a magical choreography!! Stunning just stunning.
GO see the show! It is probably the best show in town at the moment.
It closed on Broadway but this show lives on the National Tour!
I was impressed! They made some minor changes and included a new song to the show. It gave me chills that song.
Newsies will always be Newsies and it will will always impress by its dancing but this time, the story really got me. I fell in love with the characters and their life.
It will go to a city near you for sure, so don't miss out on this hit show.
Kathy Rigby everybody! She is incredible. I don't know how she is still flipping around that stage. And I am here complaining about a single pirouette haha.
The show doesn't speak to me. I can't really relate to it but I loved the production and the kids in the audience were in it to win it.
Melanie was incredible. SHE BELTS!
It was a very sweet show and I enjoyed watching it. 3D Theatricals is a great company and even though the actual story didn't speak to me, the way it was staged was super fun and unique.
I started this year checking out LA theater with Billy Elliot and LA Mirada did a great job!!!
I am still mad that those kids exist!! They literally make my life harder but oh well! haha
The cast was great. Got to see a teacher on stage. I have seen the show on Broadway and was very pleased to see it done here in LA.
And the theater is beautiful!!! It was outdoors then indoors! Very different.
I just got back from NY! Of course I didn't want to come back to LA. I love NY so much, I never want to leave. EVEEEN though it was really cold. I was SPRINTING from a place to another to not die in the street haha.
Check out this trip's marathon
Honeymoon in Vegas was so funny!!!! I thought I was gonna like it but I LOVED IT!!! Some scenes had such clever staging that it made love the show even more. The music got my attention because of the Bossa Nova feel of some of them!
The show literally brings you to Vegas! Great job.
STOP! KRISTIN! STOP!
This show is her! The cast is strong and all but if she is not on stage there is something missing! She shines! I have never seen her live and now I understand why everybody loves her. I was in complete awe. She is singing, dancing and taking charge of that show like a queen.
The 4 tappers were incredible. Made me want to do a tap show haha!
It is a limited engagement so RUN!!! Don't miss it.
I had to sit closer! I came back to this and loved every bit of it.
I want to listen to I Can Cook Too all the time. That song is my new Musical Theatre jam. I loved it.
The dance is still incredible! Dancing is so beautiful. And what I love the most about them is that it looks sooooooo effortless that it hurts haha. Stunning.
As you can see it is still in Town, so what are you waiting for??
If you checked out my last post you will see that I have had an experience with this show already.
But now I can say:
I AM IN LOVE WITH LES MISERABLES!!!
I was moved! The show, the cast, the sets, the outfits, the lights, the music..... EVERYTHING!!
The amount of standing ovations given during the show was ridiculous!!! But all very well deserved!!! On My Own killed me! She had those acting beats on point haha.
Bring Him Home had a standing ovation. On My Own got me to stand. Empty Chairs had a standing ovation!
To the cast of Les Mis on Brodway,, THANK YOU!! You guys made this trip worth it.
I have seen the show before in LA and I was impacted by it. Nick DeGruccio and Wendy Rosoff did an amazing job with it.
So, I was expecting kinda the same thing. WRONNNG!! This killed me. It was different from the one in LA so I am not even going to compare.
The show was incredible, Alan and Emma were sensational! Everything about this show was great! The way the show got darker and darker got my attention. I couldn't blink by the time she sang the last song.
Brilliant! I was in complete awe!
And that's a wrap! Les Mis is over.
I already made my choice, this is the last production I will be involved in College.
I hate sharing bad experiences but we all have them! Haha.
Where to start? Well, we all have our problems with our Colleges right? Not every College is perfect and the one I go to is sure not perfect either. So, to give a little background, every semester (Yes, we go by semesters not school year) we have to audition for the school shows. This semester the shows were Les Mis and West Side Story. As a latino man, I really thought I was going to be involved with West Side but I was wrong. I got to be part of Les Mis. So far, not bad. I was cast as ensemble and Marius U/S.
Remember when I talked about the importance of an audition and skill levels, well, they have failed one more time to have a cast filled with strong performers. They got a cast of singers with some exceptions of course. And I am a all about storytelling and that made me very upset.
Later in the process, us, Understudies have a performance. It was magical, we cried and laughed. We lived Les Mis. The audience cried with us. I went to bed so happy. Next day at school everybody was talking to me about the show and how they were moved. I was really proud of myself.
Then I was called in to talk to one of the people involved in the production. The talk, summarized in one sentence, was like this: " Why did you work so hard to make the other students look bad? This is not a competition! You need to understand that you are the understudy and the actual lead is supposed to shine!"
Why would I think like that first? I was so in love with the process and everything, why did it have to be ruined by small thinking from some people? I am really sorry but I was thinking about doing a good job for myself.
So, we just closed the show and I was really happy to finish the process! After that talk, the process started to drag for me and seeing some performers just being sung disconnected me from the show.
I will not be involved in a show at school anymore. I need to focus on myself and get my life together because I graduate in 4 months!! AAAAAH!!!!
This year's Holiday celebrations I went back home.
I missed everybody waaaay too much. I got to be with my family and friends and spend the New Year's Eve with this little girl in the center picture.
I forgot how hot it is this time of the year. I was sweating through the Holidays. Not enough to lose the weight I gained eating all the Brazilian food I saw in front of me.
Now, I just got back to LA and this year I graduate from College.
From Brasil to the world. Actor, Singer, Dancer, Entrepreneur. Storytelling drives me.