Thursday, March 17, 2011

NYC Auditions

Monday and Tuesday we had auditions for Gary Musick Productions casting in NYC. The New York auditions usually yield some great performers. We had a record turn out this time. Over the course of those two days we heard over 330 singers. Kudos to Dave, Mindy, Jennifer, and Steve for trucking through and making it all happen!

Gary addresses a few of the performers before call-backs

Steve Kumer on the piano is a real pro and always takes everything in stride.

Part of the call-backs involve a dance call with David and his crew.

One of the best parts of going to NYC is always getting to see old friends. Adam Bastien  worked for us on several different ships and also did an industrial show for me. He's a great friend. He stopped by to hang for a little while. Adam is singing with an orchestra in NYC that does large events. He's auditioning soon for Rock of Ages...which he would be perfect for! Go ADAM!

Adam, Vanessa Yeaton and me. Adam and Vanessa sang together on the NCL Spirit. I directed their cast. That was a fun group. Vanessa is back in NYC singing and performing. Adam sent her a text and she popped by too. Great seeing them both!

After the auditions, Gary and I had a dinner meeting with a client at The Palm. Our hotel was 2 blocks off Times Square so we walked around and took some pictures afterwards.

In the middle of Times Square they were shooting a commercial. The set was all New Year's Eve and people were dressed the part along with big New Year's Eve hats that said "2012".
As the director yelled "ACTION!" the crowd screamed "Happy New Year!!" And confetti dropped.

Later that night I met up with two ACU alums living and working in the city...Sunday Ibok and Andrew Young. It was great to catch up with them.
Now back in Nashville, the cast of the NCL Gem did their final run-throughs for us this yesterday and today before they leave for the ship this weekend. Great job, guys! Have a great contract out there and break a leg!

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