Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 4 – Thursday

The energy in the room was flagging today, as we staged “Finally”, the last number in the show, so I decided it was time for fun.  Everyone in the cast lined up on the two sides of the stage and had to strut across in heels expressing their fierce drag personality, a la Tyra Banks’Continue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 4 – Thursday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 4 – Tuesday

Sometimes this blog must seem a little Pollyanna-ish, that everything is amusing, wry or inspiring and nothing ever seems to go wrong on the shows I work on and write about.  In fact, every day frustrating things happen, there are arguments, you doubt that an actor is going to get there, a prop turns upContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 4 – Tuesday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Four – Monday

We have a song in Priscilla that focuses entirely on cupcakes.  It’s pretty much notorious now, iconic even, but once upon a time it was just Simon Phillips in a cab saying to me “I think we should do “MacArthur Park” and then have the ensemble come on dresses as cupcakes…”  I enquired about theContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Four – Monday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Saturday

We wrapped up the end of week three with a run of what we’ve completed in Act 2.  Quite a lot, as it turns out – at least half of the second act.  We spent the day working on the “Hot Stuff” sequence.  Mirko looked particularly fetching in his Felicia getup today – big sneakers,Continue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Saturday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Thursday

Lots of exciting things happening in the room this week.  Firstly, the fact that we didn’t have to rehearse on Tuesday – being All Saints Day (is that the actual name, or a holiday I wish occurred where everyone was given free samples from the latest range?).  In any case, except for a production meetingContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Thursday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Monday

Back from the day off for one day of work.  Tomorrow’s is All Saints Day in Italy, the official and original version of Halloween, so the country closes down.  The cast are being very amenable in introducing us to the city – Anto and Simone took us out for dinner to the Navigli area onContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 3 – Monday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Saturday

Two weeks down, and we’re up to the Aria, substantially through Act One.  The cast pulled out a terrific run of the work done thus far – they’ve really stepped up their game in terms of going “full out” during runs, while maintaining the tone of each number and giving it vocal heft as wellContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Saturday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Thursday

Started the day with a fairly crisp run of the first 25 minutes of the show.  Everyone did a fairly great job at keeping the flow going, especially stage management.  It felt like the start of Priscilla does, ie, that it goes gangbusters, song by song, moment by moment, joke by joke.  The only realContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week Two – Thursday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 2 – Wednesday

It’s really quite the education directing scenes in a foreign language.  Not only do you have to take the time to explore the character and subtext of any scene, you have to check whether that even applies to the culture that you’re in, whether the words are saying exactly what you think they’re saying andContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Week 2 – Wednesday”

Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 5

Another music call day so not much for me to do today.  And it was glorious outside, so even better!  The room was split from the start, Fabio (our MD) taking the ensemble for clean up of songs learned thus far and Spud with the three principals learning “True Colours” and “Journey”.  They have aContinue reading “Priscilla 2011 – Milano – Day 5”