adventures of a Broadway dresser
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oday’s edition of On The Road features the extremely handsome renaissance man (literally), Daniel Beeman! Daniel grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Missouri. My favorite random fun fact about him is that while he was growing up in the cornhusker state, he was a competitive swimmer AND participated in Irish dance competitions! Truly a renaissance man. Daniel just finished dancing around the United States (understudying Shakespeare and sometimes dressed as an egg) in the first national tour of the hit Broadway show, Something Rotten. I hope you enjoy getting to know him!
I always joke that packing my backpack for a two show day feels like packing for summer camp. When you are locked in a windowless theater all day, you need a lot of supplies! (Or maybe I just do because I’m a littleeee bit high-maintenance.) Here is a list of what I have in my backpack (and dressing room station) on a typical two show day!
This blog post about my rockstar mom has been a long time coming and is honestly a tough one to sit down and write. How can I adequately paint a picture with words of a person who has been my biggest cheerleader since literally day one, grieved for me when my heart was hurting through several seasons (especially middle school…terrible years) and taken me on the greatest adventures of my life? It feels impossible. Stoney Dvornik is a remarkable woman. She is loved by pretty much everyone who meets her, has the most epic girl squad, tells hilarious stories and has the biggest heart for forgiveness. I aspire to be more like her every day and I am so thankful she's mine. To celebrate and honor my sweet Mama Stoney, here’s list of things I've learned from her and love about her.
I am even more excited than usual about today's On The Road interview, because it features a beautiful human I've gotten to dress on Broadway! I truly can't say enough good things about Jenny Florkowski. This dynamic woman has been part of the Wicked family for many years. She is passionate about teaching, and she runs her own jewelry business! Jenny is kind, incredibly talented and an absolute joy to be around. Getting to work with her at Wicked was a dream! I hope you enjoy getting to know my sweet friend.
Every year, LJ and I make a summer bucket list as we impatiently wait for the cold weather to melt away. We are obsessed with summer in the city, especially because we get to do all of these crazy ideas without freezing. I thought it would be fun to share this part of year’s list with you guys. Please leave me a comment if you have any NYC activity ideas you think we should add!
Today’s edition of On The Road features the fantastic actor Josh Davis. He is currently starring as the menacing inspector Javert in the National Tour of the legendary show Les Miserables. Josh is a Maryland native, University of Delaware graduate and an artist and producer. In 2014, Josh made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He is also my current tour crush, and I included a video at the bottom of this post of him singing “Stars” so you’ll understand why. I know you all will enjoy this interview and I hope you’ll get to visit Josh and the rest of this incredible company on the barricade when they pass through your city!
For the third edition of Broadway Sessions, I am thrilled to introduce my beautiful friend Courtney Iventosch! She is a member of the Female Ensemble at Wicked, so you might recognize her from my Instagram. Courtney and I spend a ton of time together backstage, and she makes me smile without fail every single day. She is an insanely talented dancer and is truly a little fire ball of energy and sunshine. We first met about a year ago while Courtney was covering another girl’s vacation leave of absence. (Often times at Wicked they bring in actors from the touring company or Wicked alumni to cover for people on Broadway. Courtney first joined the Wicked family in 2010). Toward the end of her contract, we found out in the happiest twist of fate that she was being offered a full-time ensemble track on Broadway!! I was OVERJOYED! (The girl she replaced - who I also love very much - left us for Frozen. Small musical. You’ve probably never heard of it.) Anyways, Courtney is a San Jose State University alumni and California native. She made her Broadway debut in the hit musical Something Rotten! I’m so excited for you to get to know my adorable friend, and I hope you love her interview!
This post is dedicated to my loving Daddy Skip because his birthday was on April 16th! In leu of a normal card or gift, (he doesn’t like when we spend money on him) I decided to write a blog post about how much I love him! It’s pretty much the adult millennial equivalent of a kid’s macaroni necklace gift. He is the greatest man I have ever known, and I pray to one day become even half the leader he is. I am a tiny bit at a loss about where to even begin writing a post about the most important guy in my life.