October 28, 2012

Ok. I am officially the worst blogger EVER.  I can't believe I haven't written a blog since February. Well...in my defense, a lot has happened and I have been PREGNANT, so I've been a little pre-occupied! ;-)

Many of you know that we are expecting our first child!  It's very exciting! We are having a little girl and she is due December 2...only 5 weeks from now! I can't believe it! I feel as big as a house and supposedly I get even bigger so no big surprise I'm not singing much or doing much in regards to gigs.  But I was keeping pretty busy up till now, so here’s a recap….

I closed out “Priscilla” on Broadway in my 18th week. I was going to leave earlier because I was having a rough time. My first trimester was all nausea and exhaustion and eight shows a week was killing me! But then we got our closing notice and I really wanted to push through and close out the show so I did. The cast was great and so supportive. My girls there really took care of me and helped me along!  I look back on it and I can’t believe I made it through. I was sleepwalking at times. I swear, I have never experienced exhaustion like that. Those of you who have been pregnant I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about. All I could stomach was bread and cheese and there I was dancing the disco and barely making it up the stairs to the stage on time! I was not the happiest Marion around in those times. Ginger ale and saltines got me through! But in the end I’m glad I made it. I had a great time in the show. The cast was wonderful and it really was a fun show to do every night. Can’t go wrong with disco and a feel good story. The crowd loved it every night and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!

Through June and July I had fun singing at some benefits and gigs. My energy definitely got better once I stopped the show and hit my second trimester. I felt like a new woman…besides my stomach growing my little alien. ;-)

Top of August I got to play Cathy again in one of my favorite shows “The Last Five Years.”  I had been asked to do this one night reading in the Hamptons months before and I had mentioned that I was pregnant, but lucky for me no one seemed to care and they still wanted me to do it. I’m sure I am the only pregnant Cathy ever to do that show. I was about 5 ½ months, so you could definitely tell and it added a new layer to the story I must say. ;-)  But I had a blast singing it again…and not bad to have a weekend in the Hamptons either.

Finally my last gig I just finished was in September. I did my first “Wicked Divas” concert in Nebraska. The concert is a Glinda and an Elphaba singing Broadway diva tunes and of course doing some Wicked tunes at the end. It was a blast and it was fun to reconnect with Ali Mauzey. She’s a riot and her soprano is ridiculous.  I will say traveling when you’re 7 months prego is not my favorite thing in the world, but it was worth the trip. And people really love seeing a big pregnant woman screaming her face off.  I sold every last CD I brought and there is nothing like singing with a live orchestra. It’s one of my favorite things! So I really look forward to doing it again

I will say baby girl had fun at that gig. Usually she is really quiet and doesn’t move at all when I’m singing, but the funniest thing happened during rehearsal for the gig. There is one disco number. It’s that duet “Enough is Enough”  originally sung by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. We started the tune and it starts off real slow, then as soon as the disco kicked in and I started singing “…if you’ve had enough, don’t put up with his stuff don’t you do it..” all of a sudden baby girl started freaking out! And I mean FREAKING out! Like I said…she usually doesn’t even move when I sing, so it caught me off guard and she was having a serious dance party as soon as that disco beat kicked in and she continued to dance it out through the entire tune. I found it hysterical and I couldn’t help but think that it was connected to that fact that she heard disco music eight times a week at Priscilla during her whole first trimester. They say connections like that are made in the womb and I swear she is gonna be a disco diva! ;-)  It’s amazing to me! I can’t wait to get her here and play some disco tunes and see what she does. I’m assuming she will perk right up and dance it out! ;-)

So I have a few more of the “Wicked Divas” concerts booked for after the new year which is nice to look forward to because I don’t really know my plan as to when I will get back to a show. It will be a fun adventure toting along the little one cause the first concert is as early as late January, so I get to bring her along.  I think it will be great to do the gig again and I’m sure it will feel nice to get back in the swing of things.  So come if you can! I will be in Illinois, Louisianna and Minnesota. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

So that’s the update!  After that last gig I have been focused on getting ready for baby girl! We took birthing classes and we are preparing the nursery (cramming into our little one bedroom. How very NY of us! ;-) )  But it’s all gonna be worth it when she arrives. I can’t wait!

I will do my best to update on here with some pics when she arrives and if you’re not my friend on FB or Twitter make sure to get on there cause I know we will put pics up there as well.  Happy winter to you and all…. and next time I see you I will be a MAMA!! ;-)

Have a great holiday season!  Xo Julie