The Addams Family US tour – We begin in New Orleans in September. There will be some surprises so if you’ve seen the show you might want to see it again! Next year: Sao Paolo, Scandinavia, Korea, and more. Details to follow.
Big Fish – The incredible Susan Stroman is our director and choreographer. Schedule not quite set yet but you can bet we’ll be on Broadway in the 2012/2013 season.
October 29 and 30, Harrisburg, PA. The Harrisburg Symphony, under the direction of Stuart Malina, will premiere “The Addams Family Casket of Orchestral Grotesqueries”. This is an orchestral suite arranged by me and Larry Hochman and orchestrated by Larry. Larry and I will be there on the 29th. Will you?
That same weekend the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus will premiere the men’s choral arrangement of “Move Toward The Darkness” from The Addams Family. Mary-Mitchell Campbell has done the incredible arrangement. More excitement!
Australia! I’m of to Australia in November to help cast the Oz tour of The Addams Family. This will be my third time there.
My new project with John Logan is underway. One song down, many more to go. But it’s fun to be into a new one.
September 13th! (I’m out of chronological order, I know) A Little Princess CD release on Ghostlight Records!
October 16-19 at Texas State University, A Little Princess in concert. 20-piece orchestra, 40 student actors, and yours truly on the podium. We’re streaming live on October 19. Details to follow.
Personal news – Two BIG things: First, I’ve been accepted to a two-year, part-time program at One Spirit Learning Alliance. I will be studying the world’s great religions and, with hard work and some luck, will be ordained as an Interfaith minister in May of 2013. I will then be able to perform ministerial duties at all life-cycle events. This is my next step in my spiritual growth (having been a high-holiday cantor for 10 years this feels like an inevitable step for me) and evolution. I won’t demand anyone call me Reverend Andrew but maybe I’ll get some hotel discounts if I do!
Second, I’ve dropped over 30 pounds since last August, am in the best shape of my life (!), and will be participating in a triathlon next spring. My exercise regimen includes strength training, running, swimming, biking and more. I can now swim 1/2 a mile (I couldn’t swim 8 lengths in January). Thanks to Mary H. for all the lessons and encouragement in the pool. NONE of my clothes fit (a very good problem to have) so I’ll be shopping a lot in New Orleans and Australia.