Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hi Everyone. Just had to share with you some of the fantastic feedback we've been getting on this beautiful show. Many audience members who have been moved and touched by the show have emailed us to share their thoughts. Read-on for first person accounts and highlights from the press. If you haven't purchased tickets to the show yet, blog readers get $10 off to all performances. Use code OFFBA at checkout via www.transportgroup.org or 212-352-3101. Only 11 performances left! Hope you can make it! If you've seen the show, share your thoughts with us as well. Email me at lori@transportgroup.org or visit us on Facebook. See you soon. Sincerely, Lori Fineman, TG Executive Director

"Bravo…fantastic show!" -- MaryJo S.

"A tuneful score by Ellen Weiss...captures the splendor of [Audrey Hepburn's] films." -- TimeOutNY

"Being Audrey, through eccentric comedy and poignant drama, takes you on a life affirming, love affirming journey. It would appeal to ANYONE who has been through the trauma of a crisis involving a loved one faced, literally, with life or death. Bring tissues but be prepared to laugh and tap your toes too!" –- Peggy G.

"Great music! Great acting! Great show! Finally a non-reality show! When faced with an uncertain future see just
how far the mind will go to save both you and the love of your life!" -- Joyce B.

"Enchanting! The cast was excellent. The music and story were wonderful. I loved it all." -– Ron C.

“The show takes a New York housewife through a fantasy world with lively and funny songs that at the end had me in tears with the unveiling of a true love story. It reminds the audience that sometimes our fantasies of what we want are right in front of us the whole time. I loved the music, humor and the fact that at the end, I was touched by a true love story.” -- Laura S.

“I loved the show! The cast was fun and funny! Wishing some days I was Claire and could escape reality...at least for a little while!” -- Lisa B.

Being Audrey was both intelligent and fun. It was no small feat moving the audience into, out of and through Claire's delusions; but it was done magically via Ellen Weiss' brilliant musical composition, the tricky choreography and a smart cast. Cheryl Stern transformed herself beautifully into a very believable Audrey Hepburn!” -- Tom & Katherine H.

"A spirited performance from Cheryl Stern. Valerie Fagan lends a supple voice." -- TimeOutNY

"The cast is strong and effective. Brian Sutherland...does an excellent job walking the line between reality and fantasy. Andrea Bianchi brings a vivid sense of humor to her many portrayals." -– TheatreMania

"[Blair Ross] also displays a snazzy sense of showbiz sparkle." -- BroadwayWorld.com

"I brought my daughter. We loved it!" –- Eric A.

"A big bubbly bundle of wonderment with a hearty singing voice, Stern is totally endearing as a woman who lacks the movie star's gentle grace and poise, but yearns to be a part of her elegant world. She is wonderfully engaging, empathetic and humorous." -- BroadwayWorld.com

"[Jim] Hindman's book is well crafted and cleverly incorporates movie moments. Beautifully executed.
– BroadwayWorld.com

"[An] intriguing new musical. Compelling, fluid direction by Jack Cummings III, and...excellent choreography and musical staging by Scott Rink." -- TheatreMania

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blair Ross on being Dr. Think Pink

My name is Blair Ross and I play Dr. Think Pink in “Being Audrey”. Dr. Think Pink is based on Kay Thompson, who delivered such a delectable turn as fashion editor Maggie Prescott in the film “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. In olden times I auditioned for the role of Smitty in “How To Succeed” and the musical director, Ted Sperling, told me I should play Kay Thompson. Though I admired her, Kay was between 45 and 55 when she filmed “Funny Face” (enigmatically, she never divulged her real birth date) and I was a just-past-dewy 27. I didn’t get the part, but I did get the hint. This is the second time I’ve gotten to play Kay and with each project I see more clearly her effortless genius and my own limitations. Nonetheless, to be compared to Kay is a rare and great compliment and one that grows more treasured as I read about her life and her astounding musical and literary legacy.

Arranger, designer, recording artist, vocal coach (to everyone from Judy Garland to Prince Albert of Monaco. I kid you not.), wag, champion diver, author (the Eloise books), imp, virtuoso pianist, Kay Thompson was compulsively artistic and ahead of her time. She left such a small celluloid imprint precisely because she didn’t care to give us more. Her easy mastery of all things she put her perfectly manicured hands to kept her in constant motion to challenge herself in new arenas. It’s been a treat for me to portray a lady of such confidence and imagination, and the “Funny Face” sequence in “Being Audrey” was a delight to stage as Jack Cummings, Scott Rink, Ellen Weiss and Jim Hindman are as devoted to Kay’s singular Bazzazz as I am. If even one audience member muses to themselves after seeing our show, “What was the story with Kay Thompson?” I’d be well satisfied. Kay used to say to her friends, as a way of signing off, “See you in the movies.” Well, happily for all of us, we can see her in one particularly enchanting movie and for that we thank her very much indeed.