Night before the show... ok, so far I'm crabby, snappy, happy, on a high, putting people off, and talking absolute nonsense... nerves, eh? Who'd want them! But everyone has been great, so understanding that the real opening of the show is tomorrow-- My God! - it seems so scary when you say it like that. In less than 24 hours it will all be over and we will be partying at the Roxy! However, in about 17-18 hours from now, I will be unbearable. As long as I manage to get on the stage without falling over or forgetting anything, I should settle down. You know, as strange as it seems it can be harder to perform in front of family and friends. These are the people who will always tell me I've done well no matter what, there is an added pressure of making sure you give back to the people who matter most to you in the world. I owe my folks so much. They never once said to me... "an actor!? What do you want to be an actor for? Why not get a real job!?" I have had nothing but support since day one, and tomorrow will be the day that I can show them that their faith in me has finally paid off. I want to give them something special. I want them to be able to go off in a quiet corner someday and say "That man on the stage that everyone is cheering for... he is my son!" and be damn proud saying it. Nerves, eh? Who needs 'em!?
wednesday 12 november 2003
thursday 13 november 2003
Today has been kind of surreal so far. It is about three hours until show time. So far I have quoted the entire works of Eddie Izzard-great comedian by the way-go take a look at his stuff! Right now my parents are getting interviewed for the Taboo documentary. Weird, weird... I'm going to go get stuff together! Ahhhh... I can feel my shoulders slumping down to my knees with relief. What a show! It's so good to give that kind of performance in front of family, friends and peers! It was a good sight to see my parents up in the mezzanine standing and applauding the show. They were both looking fantastic and extremely proud. What a nice feeling! As far as after parties go, this one was grand! It was great to meet and greet the other cast members' family and friends-many had made their way to New York from all different corners of the earth. It was also kind of awe-inspiring to interact with all the people who came up to say how much they enjoyed the show. Yet again, thank you all for coming and for showing your report. Please spread the word!
saturday 22 november 2003
The show is going absolutely great! The audiences continue to laugh, cheer and cry, which is always a good thing to see when you are performing. There is nothing worse than looking out and seeing blank faces. Yes, they continue to pack in each night, coming from Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Germany... you name it! Thank you all for your emails! I will try my best to answer you all!
monday 24 november 2003
Catch up day! Days off are always good. I get a chance to sleep in and then catch up on things I want to do! I went to Brooklyn with a few mates today. I love seeing new places, learning new things and meeting new people!
It's cold out!! How cold does it want to get? This will be my first winter in NY-definitely scarf weather! I'm glad I've got some of my good 'ole Irn-Bru to warm me up!
Tonight I'm going to see the Charles Busch play-it should be good!
thursday 27 november 2003
It is my first Thanksgiving ever, so excuse the excitement! I am going to a mate's house to celebrate. I will tell you all about it later though, for now I am off to carve turkey, sing, drink and be merry!
I hope you all have a good one!
thursday 4 december 2003
Big Sue's (Liz McCartney's!) is due round about now! This is just a wee note to wish her all the best! Apparently the baby is due in the early hours of tomorrow morning. All my love and good wishes go to her, and I'm sure yours do too. A bunch of us went to the Natural History Museum today. I love going to museums, mostly because I find that pointless, mindless, interesting facts can impress people when you are sitting around drinking a few cups of tea! It's good to get a chance to hang out with friends, and I'm really starting to feel like I belong here now. I have been settled in for a while now, but the place just feels right. It's hard to try to describe the feeling-but it's sort of like when you are on holiday and you know that you are only there for a couple of weeks and after that you go back home? Well, now I feel like this is the place I would go back to!
friday 5 december 2003
She's here! Liz can now proudly show off little Megan Elizabeth Moynahan to all the cast members! Rumour has it that she weighs a healthy 8lbs, 3 oz, and was born today at 6.10 am. Aww a little baby girl! I bet she came out belting her lungs out, just like her mum! Liz plans to return to the show on January 6th. Brook Elliott is standing in for Big Sue and is doing a cracking good job. Those were big shoes to step into and she is doing just great!
monday 8 december 2003
"How cold does it want to get?" , I asked a few days ago. Wrong question! Apparently it wants to get blooming freezing! Scotland has a reputation, but I can never remember it being quite this cold back home. Brrr! The show is going well. I can't believe how many people are still packing in! I'm also amazed at how many people come back again and again. I heard about one woman recently who pre-booked for 18 shows! It is wonderful to see and meet new fans, and it is also gratifying to see the people who have been there from the start. There are many who have followed us from the West End. It is overwhelming to think that we have affected so many people in such a way. I thank you all very much!
thursday 25 december 2003
Merry Christmas to you all-I hope you have a great day! I spent a quiet day with Becky, who seemed really pleased with the watch, necklace and other little presents I got her. We chilled out, opened gifts and generally spent the day soaking in the festive cheer. I got loads of stuff: jumpers, jeans, t-shirts, little trinkets, cool gadgets and a Snoopy journal! By the way, thank you for all of the Snoopy stuff you are all sending me. I must admit, as much as I am a fan, I had no idea you could get half of this stuff! I love it, but I really had no idea! Long may it continue! I phoned home to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and they all seem to be enjoying the day too. This is the first Christmas where I have ever not been in the same country as them. I am actually getting a little homesick thinking about it-but who wouldn't? Anyway... enjoy the rest of the day and stock up on Irn-Bru!
monday 29 december 2003
With Christmas done for another year, and the sales about to hit the shops, I am glad the show is almost running on its normal schedule. Doing double shows back-to-back is tiring! I still love the show and feel so lucky to be in the position I'm in.
wednesday 31 december 2003
First of all, I need to explain that Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year's Eve. Well, that's the literal translation-but to most Scottish people, it translates simply as an excuse to have a huge party!
Tonight after the show, I am planning to take Becky and a few mates down to the after-show cast party at the Hudson. It should be good. George is going to be doing the DJ-ing-a nice way to see in the New Year and I'm looking forward to it!
Have a good one!