Posts made in January, 2010

Did you hear? Did you hear??? We’re a hit in Edmonton…!

Fiddler’s a hit in Edmonton…!  Check out these reviews!!

And Edmonton?  Kind of great!  We had great weather …for Alberta in the middle of January… we enjoyed our digs and ate some really terrific food.

Before leaving Edmonton, I had a chance to visit the “Ice on Whyte”  exhibit with Theo and Tamara .  Everything was made of ICE… sculptures… bridges… a ‘furnished’ house…even an Ice Castle… cue music…   All in all, pretty remarkable!

Au Revoir Theo and Tamara!  See you in Tucson!!!

Ice on Whyte

Inside the Ice House

Ice Phoenix

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A Private Concert at the Fairmont

Theodore Bikel and Tamara Brooks perform for the Fiddler company

Theodore Bikel and Tamara Brooks treated the Cast and Crew of Fiddler to a private concert in the Wedgwood Salon of Edmonton’s historic Fairmont Hotel Macdonald . What an amazing gift! Yes, we’ve all been lucky enough to experience Mr. Bikel as ‘Tevye’, but many hadn’t seen the other musical facets of our Star.

With Tamara at the piano, Theo told stories and sang the songs that have made him an international legend. He started with a favorite Yiddish tune, (A Pintele) and then proceeded to sing folk songs in Russian, English, Hebrew, French, Spanish and Ladino… not bad for an informal gathering after a three hour performance of Fiddler!

Theo, Kaitlin ... and me!

As things were winding down, Mr. Bikel told a story about his experience as the original Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” About 48 hours before the show opened on Broadway, Rogers and Hammerstein penned a song for Theo’s character and talents – it would be the last song Oscar Hammerstein ever wrote… his final lyric being, “…forever…” — Then we heard the familiar strumming on his guitar and a most heartfelt version of “Edelweiss.” As the chorus repeated, Tamara gestured for everyone to join in … and the room was filled with the voices of angels…

Finally, he put down the guitar and stood up.  With no introduction, Ms. Brooks began a familiar melody on the piano, and Mr. Bikel began to sing … at first in Hebrew, then moved to English, and they finished the performance with Jacques Brel’s “If We Only Have Love.”

It was an unforgettable evening. Thank you Tamara and Theo…

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The Road to Edmonton…

The Road to Edmonton...

OK, anyone else rather take a bus than fly these days…?

Travel Day was a breeze and we got to Edmonton with absolutely no drama… What a relief! No security checkpoints, no overweight luggage… just load up and go! Why don’t we do this more often? The world would be a better place…

Fiddler opens tomorrow night at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Word is, this theatre looks exactly the same as the one in Calgary. I’ll believe it when I see it…

I’m looking forward to working with our three new cast members, Rusty, Mark and Emily. But mostly, I can’t wait to continue the hang Tamara Brooks backstage between entrances.

Joanne and Tamara backstage

I’m actually quite accustomed to seeing myself in a babushka these days, but when I bumped into the Presenter at a restaurant tonight, she had absolutely no idea who I was… and she looked a little nervous when I knew her dog’s name!  It was pretty funny… But really, aren’t I just gorgeous in my sheitel??

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Fiddler’s a HIT in Southern Alberta!

me and Theo backstage in Calgary

me and Theo backstage at Fiddler in Calgary ==>>>

Did you hear?? The reviews are in! Fiddler and Theodore Bikel are a hit in Calgary! And a Chinook wind kept us warm all week – that and my new fuzzy waterproof boots!

But as we said goodbye to Calgary, we also bid a tearful adieu to three cast members, Sean Patrick Doyle, Eric Van Tielen and Rena Strober.

Sayonara SPD, EVT & Rena!

Sniff… we’ll miss you guys!!

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Theodore Bikel opens in Fiddler!

Cast members were thrilled to welcome Mr Bikel into our company as we opened in Calgary, AB last night to cheers and a standing ovation.

L’Chaim Theo!! We’re delighted to have you with us!

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