Category Archives: Musical Theatre

I was here

I have no sons, at least none I can claim,
And no patience for carving in stone.
All that I have are my skill and my name
And this chance to make both of them known.
This is my key to the portal,
How I can leave something immortal . . .
Something that time cannot make disappear —
Something to say ‘I was here.’

~from The Glorious Ones by Ahrens & Flaherty


Downtown Rotary

Two wonderful Webster students and I appeared on Thursday at the weekly Downtown Rotary Club luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club.   We were the post-Valentine’s Day entertainment in a lighter program.  I’m grateful to my colleague Beth Russell for inviting us!

Some Strauss, Puccini, Novello, Lerner & Loewe, and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk filled the room.

Thanks to club photographer Doug Russell for permission to post some of photos from the day:






My soundtrack

I’ve had an eclectic soundtrack running through my brain over the last 36 hours as I’ve been demonically possessed by a stomach bug.

Much of time has been spent prone, with eyes closed, drifting in and out of sleep.

And I’ve become increasingly aware of the low-level, deep-brain soundtrack of songs that have been on auto-play in my subconscious.

Chief among them is “I’m Home” from Captains Courageous. I keep hearing Spencer sing it, but I’ve also been working with Declan on this song. I don’t know why it’s on auto-repeat in my brain, but I’m not unhappy that this is so.

Other songs on the playlist are almost all from things I’m currently teaching in my studio.

Years ago, when I was in college, I realized that I knew the lyrics to a lot of pop songs — I did not listen to pop music very much — simply because of the time I spent hearing this music in the dorm office and at Pizza Hut.

NEVER underestimate how things can sink into your brain, and how much we pick up –text, visuals, sounds, ideas, attitudes — simply by exposure!

Theater Circle

I just got word that I am nominated yet again for Outstanding Musical Director by the Saint Louis Theatre Circle, the critics’ organization that hosts these annual awards.

This nomination is for The Sweet Smell of Success with New Line Theatre in June 2017.

My colleague Matt Pentecost was nominated as Best Actor for his role in that production.

And my student Sarah Nelson is also nominated for musical direction of Lizzie with the same company.

What a delight this is — to be nominated for a third time in four years! And to join other nominees in our thriving local theatre scene…..

Here’s the award photo from 2015: