April 30 – May 6, 2019
The New York Dramarama Tour was amazing! As always, it takes me a few days to return to normal, everyday life after a Dramarama Theater Tour with a show every night, dinners in restaurants, hotel services, meeting guests artists and traveling with a group of fellow theater aficionados. So fun – so special.
And this year’s New York tour was exactly that. It was absolutely grand (as they would say in The Ferryman!) and although we were a small group, we managed to party big! The group voted Ink as the best show with The Ferryman and Octet tied for second place. King Lear and Gary: Titus Andronicus were disappointing to the group – even with stars Glenda Jackson and Nathan Lane.
414 Hotel was our tour headquarters. The hotel manager, Jacqui, worked hard to accommodate us with bigger breakfasts, bottles of wine when we returned from our shows and accommodations for “chats” with our guest artists in the lobby. We loved meeting Ann McDonough from The Ferryman and hearing her stories, especially about the live baby in the show (there are four of them – because they age out quickly!) and guest Dave Malloy, playwright/ composer of Octet was enlightening, as well. The young actor panel was, as always, poignant and charming- and it was a treat to have dramaturg Michael Paller with us throughout the tour as our artistic guide.
The “cherry on the top” – as described by one of the tourees – was an invitation to playwright, composer Michael Ogborn’s 5th Ave apartment for a “sing along.” Actually, Michael sang – and Sarah Armstrong, aspiring musical theater actor, joined us and sang for us too. It was an extraordinary evening and we are all excited to keep an eye on Michael’s new show that is planned to head for Broadway.
New York was wonderful – and if you missed it, there are more Dramarama Tour adventures to come this season! There are a few spots open on the Santa Fe Cultural and Dublin Theater Festival tours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give a call at 510-350-7675. Love to have you along!