When you’re pictured on a poster outside of the historic @hollywoodpantagestheatre and you’re trying to send that pic of yourself to your mama 😂 Thanks to everyone who came to our shows in LA! In one phrase, what would you say sums up the central message of the show?
This week has been filled with So. Much. Love! I am so grateful to all of these beautiful friends (who are my family!) for coming and supporting me in LA this week! Tour life (I’m learning) is no easy task, however it’s these little moments that make it all worth it. Thank you @the_metropolitan_hair_co for flying from AUSTRALIA to see me do what I love, you will never understand what that kind of love and sacrifice means to me. In this life we are nothing without the people that come into our stories for a reason, to help make us better people. This week has reminded me about my favorite thing about this crazy career and that is...bringing people together! This show is the biggest blessing that changes my life more and more with each passing day! ❤️❤️❤️
One of the highlights of our trip to LA this February break was seeing a national tour performance of Kinky Boots at the Hollywood Pantages. So great getting to see such skilled dancing and technical aspects!
❝ I’ve been up and down in my life more than a roller coaster on the Fourth of July. At 38 years old, I was a has-been. Sitting at a phone that wouldn’t ring. Wondering what happened to all the friends who grew invisible when the music stopped. Finding out fast how tough it is to borrow money when you’re all washed up. My only collateral was a dream. A dream to end my nightmare. And what a dream it was. It began when I read an absolutely fascinating book written by a giant, James Jones. More than a book, it was a portrait of people I knew, understood and could feel, and in it I saw myself as clearly as I see myself every morning when I shave. I was Maggio. No matter who said what, I would prove it, no matter how many tests I was asked to make, no matter what the money. I was going to become Maggio if it was the last thing I ever did.
It was Mercedes McCambridge who woke me out of the dream. I’ll thank her eternally for saying, “And the winner is Frank Sinatra for From Here to Eternity.” Talk about being born again. I couldn’t even share it with another human being. I ducked the party, lost the crowds, and took a walk. Just me and Oscar. I think I relived my entire life as I walked up and down the streets of Beverly Hills. Since that night, the roller coaster has evened out, and every day is the Fourth of July. I started out the decade as “the man least likely” and close it out as a grateful human being given a second shot at life. ❞.
“Just be who you wanna be, never let them tell you who you oughta be!” ❤️👠💋✨
Had such a blast seeing #kinkyboots with @thecarlocruz last night! And seeing a friend rock some giant heels on the #pantages stage was freaking awesome! So proud of @stephenvol4life! You’re a Star! Thanks for making this theater nerds day and bringing us backstage and on stage!
There I was. Enjoying the show. Minding my own damn business, when Mother Nature decided to kick down the Pantages theatre doors with her own red ass boots to deliver her shitty ass gift.
Thanks to a hand warmer I had, the cramps weren’t so bad the rest of the show, but once it was done, they had no mercy on me. I couldn’t stand up straight anymore, I was crying, it was hard to breath, and I felt like I was going to fall over with every step I took. But now I’m home, feeling way better sitting on the floor next to my heater and eating In N Out 💁🏻♀️
It was awesome time for me. I met real broadway actress who is my professor’ student. she was nice in stage. I never forget today. I want to gain there and I want to watch the musical all about in Hollywood.👠
I’m so glad I finally got to see my buddy slay in Kinky Boots! Andrew, I don’t want to say I’m proud, cause I’ve told you that already but, I will say I’m so grateful of your genuine and uplifting friendship. I’m so glad we’re here at the same time! Ahhhhh! Much continued success and can’t wait until we get a chance to do something together ! 🙌🏾
One of the many perks of being in LA for a week is getting to catch up with these lovely ladies. Super thankful for Mark, Ashley, Charlette, and all of the wonderful people at KMR talent! It meant the world to me to have you in the audience last night!
#audreyhepburn and #gracekelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards which took place in the RKO Pantages Theatre on March 21, 1956.
✨This is pure, classic, elegant Hollywood. Look at those dresses!
Grace presented Best Actor to Ernest Borgnine for “Marty,” and Audrey presented Best Picture for the same film.
The year before that, Audrey Hepburn won the best actress Oscar in “Roman Holiday” (1954).
📸The photos here were taken by @life magazine photographer Allan Grant.
SO MUCH FRIEND PRIDE! There’s nothing like seeing people you know and love THRIVE. Didn’t realize how many beautiful friends I had in the Hello Dolly tour, but I couldn’t be more thrilled for all of them!
@kylesamuelnyc I love you. I am so proud of you. You deserve all the incredible things that come your way. You are joy and light and fun and I’m honored to know you.
@davis_wayne your talent is ridiculous and you shine on stage and off. You’ve the sweetest heart and I’m very grateful for how you bore with & encouraged me during Xanadu 😂
My Poppins peeps! @garretthawe & Elizabeth.broadhurst Can you believe it’s been TEN years!? What an honor to know you both and see you still kicking butt at what you love! You both KILLED IT! You too @jessicasheridannyc!! Missed you! 😘
I saw the most glorious production of Hello Dolly imaginable tonight. My beautiful friend @blbuckley was beyond resplendent (And frankly, the new quintessential Dolly for me) Stellar cast. The show looked like it was painted by Leyendecker, peppered with Gibson girls. Everything theatre could ever hope to be... @hollywoodpantagestheatre thank you Benny and the whole #broadwayla family.
Surprised my bestie @missa458 and showed up for her surprise birthday @wicked_musical ! I saw this show when I was real little but I don’t really remember, so I’m so excited to see it again! Love the music, the message and everything about this show. Happy early birthday, BecBee. Love you to the moon and back.
Last night was my first official night in Oz! My heart couldn’t be fuller. I fall more in love with this show each day and couldn’t be luckier to be supported by the most gracious and kind company who held my hand and cheered me on through the whole thing. There is simply no place like home and I am so lucky that I’ve found a new one here in Munchkinland, with this beautiful, talented, and inspiring new family I’ve inherited. The cherry on top was having my best friend in the audience, making the night extra special. It seems happy is in fact what happens when your dreams come true. Thank freaking goodness for last night - let’s do it again and again and again. 💚💕💚
yes hello my bright idea of taking a picture with the stage as the backdrop clearly worked out
theatre isn’t Noah’s favorite thing in the world so it means so much that he took me to see Wicked tonight! this show just doesn’t get old for me, regardless of how “overrated” it is. 7th time seeing it and I’ll continue to every time it’s in town. I still get alllll the goosebumps.
When nini figures out the camera vs when she has it confused with the video. Lmao
Photo cred AND video cred to @jenine_kriscasia
Had the best time with my babies yesterday night. SO blessed to get to share these experiences with the ones I love most.
After 15 years of marriage and 3 kids, we still try to carve out time for date night. My man looked so handsome 😍 @wicked_musical was every bit as “wonderful” as I hoped for. @ivandeleonsr I love you for upgrading our seats so we could be closer to the stage 😘
Today is a hard day. It’s my mom’s (Avi’s grammy’s) 5 year angel-versary. We all miss her everyday! But we do things to honor her & make us feel close to her. Like last night❤️ Avi’s grandpa & Grammy saw @wicked_musical for the first time in this exact theatre many years ago. I couldn’t think of a better tribute to my mom. Thank you so much @ellagross for letting me take the girls last night. I will cherish this memory❤️ Love you mom, I miss you everyday.
Yesterday was amazing, I actually wanted to cry. Also we saw Michael Bublé's star and it was amazing , Vincent calls him Mr. Bubble though. Thank you guys for such an amazing gift I loved every moment of it ❤️ @mlr67@_bleedsblue_ . As you can tell my vocabulary is limited as shown by my over use of the word amazing because I don't know any other synonyms 👍🏽
10 years ago, my mom took me to see the show that she'd been playing in the car since I was tiny: Wicked. One of my only vivid memories from that night was sobbing as everyone bowed because I didn't want it to be over (which I MAY have done again... lol). What I didn't know was what an impact that experience would leave on my life. 5 years later, I auditioned for my first show: Fame Jr. And since then, I knew I wanted to keep going. Wicked was my first ever experience with theater, and it introduced me to a community and career that I would fall in love with. 10 years later, I got to see it again, and it honestly felt unreal. Wicked has always and will always have a very special place in my heart. #wicked@karalindsay1@jackieburnsnyc@sillymili@wicked_musical
Had a wonderful birthday celebration today and over the past week which included 2 birthday cakes 🎂 🎂! Saw WICKED at Pantages with @keith__longo today 🖤 Thank you to my family, in-laws and husband who made it so special and to everyone who reached out😊 #cheers#birthday#30#life
It's undeniable, that the routines and traditions we expose our kids to, (good and bad) determine what kind of person they become in the long run. •
Jr and I have always loved to sing, mostly In the car... but when she was 7 years old, we went to @wicked_musical for the first time, and that was the first year she performed at her school's talent show, which I'm almost sure had everything to do with that night. •
Since then, she's sung at family events, performed at her high school's musicals, and through her childhood, instead of expensive clothes and things she would probably forget soon after, most of her birthday and Christmas gifts consisted of concert or musical tickets, which have become a tradition for us (#concertswithjr). •
She's now in college, with a major in business, but our musical nights always take us back to the years she insisted she would be on broadway one day. 🎶✨
I sometimes look around during a concert at all the kids that are there with their parents and think about all the different life opportunities they have just by being exposed to experiences rather than things. 💕 #wickedthemusical#wicked#losangeles