Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A CHARLOTTE SHOUT FROM ADAM HALPIN

Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina! We opened the show to a wonderful audience in Charlotte last night, our 4th city on this exciting, new tour! It's been nothing short of blessing thus far; being able to perform this show every night in different cities for eager, supportive, energetic audiences.

Joining this cast as one of 3 newbies (in addition to Lexi and Toby) has been a thrilling experience. It's not only a great learning experience as an actor to be working alongside such talent 8 times a week, but it's been a blast getting to know everyone as people. We're less than a month into performances and it already feels like home away from home. It's heartwarming to know that a cast can get so close, so quickly...especially, in such an often isolating experience - on tour - being away from friends and family.

Charlotte is a great time. We had a fun opening night party at this lounge called Mez, last night...and because we're staying in such a metropolitan part of town, there is plenty to do: Museums, Spas, Restaurants, Cafes, etc. It should be a great week.

Good times are surely ahead as we travel this wonderful country and I hope you continue to periodically check our blog for more sights and sounds from the tour. A huge thanks to all of our fans!

I'll be blogging next week (via video) from my home city of Philadelphia. Look out! :)

Best-
Adam

"There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." - Arthur Rubenstein

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A NOTE FROM LEXI LAWSON IN DURHAM

Howdie ya'll it's Lexi Lawson coming to you from Durham, North Carolina (as I say with a very southern accent). We had such an amazing time in Buffalo but were eager to get away from the snow! Well apparently the snow followed us here because it snowed for the first time in four years the moment we got off the plane. They actually declared a state of emergency!!!!

Did everyone watch Inauguration Day? I hope so! I watched it with Telly, Andy and Adam H. -- it was such a powerful and historical moment. It was so moving -- I couldn't help but to shed a few tears. Though this crazy world is going through some hard depressive times, hope was instilled in each and everyone of us during his speech -- 1/20/09 was heaven sent and will never be forgotten!

Ok I must go now because my puppy isn't happy that I'm not giving her any attention. I had fun doing the whole blog thang!!!! I can't wait to see you guys at the show! Remember to live in the moment, there's no day but today, and LOVE is the only thing that exists, everything else is just an illusion.....

Xo,
Lexi

P.S. Keep an eye out for my songs on iTunes and my new website coming soon: www.lexilawsonsite.com.

Visit Lexi's MySpace at www.myspace.com/lexigirlmusic.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

HELLO FROM LEXI LAWSON

Hi folks!!! Lexi Lawson here coming to you from below zero Buffalo, NY. Its soooooo colddddddd!!!! I'm currently in the car with Nicolette and Anthony driving around town. (They say hi!) I'm thrilled to announce that the cast is having such a fabulous time performing for you guys. The response from the audience is crazy! You guys are so supportive! I couldn't be more happier with how the show is going and how thankful I am that I have been embraced with open arms into this warm and wonderful RENT family. I'm learning so much from these amazingly talented actors every night and I couldn't ask for a better group of teachers. Again, I am extremely appreciative. Playing the role of Mimi is something that I dreamt about since I was in junior high school, so to be able to step into her shoes (specifically the infamous cheetah Mimi boots) is going to be a bit surreal for a long time to come- and did I mention that both you and I get to see Adam, Anthony, and Gwen work it out night after night! Ummmmmm wow. Ya'll are in for a big ol' delicious treat!!

On a side note a friend of mine from high school passed away this week due to cancer. He was so young but his spirit lives on. Please take a moment to tell your loved ones that you love them, hug your friends, stop fighting with your boyfriend or wife- cuz Love is the only thing that exists, everything else is just an illusion.

Xo,
Lexi

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www.myspace.com/lexigirlmusic.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WELCOME TO THE TOUR BLOG

Greetings to everyone from cold and (now rainy) Cleveland, where we've been hard at work putting all the technical aspects of our production together. Last night was our first performance, and I honestly was curious to see what the response would be like compared to the response Adam and I got when we returned to the Broadway show in 2007. Would people clap as loudly? Would they cheer? Would they moo? Would they stand at the end?

Well, the answer to all those questions was a resounding yes. The theatre here -- the beautifully restored Palace -- is more than twice the size of the Nederlander, and the sound and feeling of 2700 people cheering when we walked onstage was more than a little overwhelming. They mooed with the best of them, and leapt to their feet at the end of the show. It was an amazing way to begin our eight month odyssey across the country (not to mention Tokyo).

I've already said so many things over the years in interviews, the Rent bible, and my own book about how much I love performing in this show and telling this story, and that was just as true last night as ever. We have an incredible company of actors who have come together to take this journey, and our great good fortune is that they are not only supremely talented performers, but they are all also incredible people offstage. The spirit and camaraderie and love and mutual respect and support we all have for one another is palpable. Last night during Life Support I looked around at all my fellow actors up on that platform and was so grateful that *these* are the people I'll be spending this time with.

Only two people in our company are brand new to Rent -- Lexi Lawson, our adorable Mimi; and Adam Halpin, our Gordon -- and not everyone of us has done the show together before, but now we've all fused into an ensemble with its own textures and energy. Having a rehearsal process allowed us to create our very particular chemistry, and that will only deepen as we go.

Hopefully last night's rapturous response wasn't an anomaly, and the rest of the tour will be met with such warm, open arms.

We are all so fortunate to be a part of this amazing piece that continues to change and shape our lives, and to get to share it with all of you.

Hope you're having a great and happy new year. See you in a city near you...

Take care--

Anthony

RAPP RETURNS TO RENT, CLEVELAND GETS FIRST LOOK

Click here to read the article on SpangleMagazine.com.