Hello. So this is my first entry here on our new blog. Thanks again Jason for setting this up for us. And I as I read Jason's last entry I kept thinking that I needed to throw in my two cents on rehearsalin' and what have you.
Like Jason had mentioned we've been rehearsing "Elvis Has Left The Building" for a bit now in small incriments and so far so good. Now one may say, "Well it should be, you've already done the fucking show once already, asshat!" And yes that is true. However, it's been a while since daddy did some of them live theatrics and performin'. Some have said (including myself) that my knife is a little dull and maybe isn't cutting that performing fat the way it once did. Back when we did the show in 06' we were full steam a rollin' with Theatre On Consignment. So I was performing, or writing, or directing on a constant basis. So to jump into a show was not big deal. But lately things are moving a little slower so I'm not as fresh as I should be. I'm working on it plus the goddamn food is so fucking good out here and I eat like shit so I'm trying to shed a few pounds before this next round of shows.
Also I'm always my own worst critic and the Elvis show always makes me more nervous than most other shows. A one-man monologue show with songs is just plain frightening at times. To think that no one else is there to save your ass if you go up is a pants shittier I gotta say. But that being said I love this show. I loved it back in 06' and I love it even more now and as we start to put it on it's feet again I find that it's like an old friend that you haven't seen in a while but once you start to catch up everything falls back into place. As we've started walking through the show I feel the lines on the tip of my tongue again. I find the lyrics in the songs are easier to remember. I feel more freedom earlier in the process to discover more animated actions or Elvis "ticks" that I can throw in. So in that respect everything is right on course.
I must admit that the songs have got me a little nervous this time around. And mainly because this is a while new ballgame. We've thrown in a couple of new ones. But also this is in fact an off-off-Broadway performance in New York. NEW-FUCKING-YORK. And New York knows it's fucking theatre obviously. It's legendary status quo and reputation even reached the yokel of yokels down in Kansas. So to start a musical productions out of your ass is a little intimidating to say the least. I think the main goals with this performance are to A: get my ass back onstage where I belong in a show that suits me well and B: to do the show better (New York quality) than we did it before. I was really happy with the performance in Wichita. I felt I gave it my all and everyone (Except for the die-hard fans who wanted to roast us) seemed to enjoy the show and my performance. I think some people were a little surprised by it and didn't expect someone like me who mainly is a comedic (regular play) actor to pull this out of the cards and so Bailey and I were pleased. But this time around I think the goal from the beginning has been bigger and better. (Which is funny since the venue is a quarter of the size of where it was last time-Ahh New York) But what I mean is, a better show. Lines better, songs better, dancing better. Just fucking better. Also I a better taping/recording of the show. We weren't able to get the show coverage that we would have liked to have had from the 06' performance. We only had one performance and there was only so much you could do to get that show recorded. With this run we have two performances so double the chance to get a good DVD out of it. Not so much to sell or anything but to use to get more performances around here. It's time New York saw what us shitkickers can do.
So all that being said, the rehearsal process has been good. We've been meeting and working slowly. Also this round of rehearsals end with a workout session. The convenient thing for us this time is that Bailey's apartment complex has a gym so we've started a workout regiment to get me more physically fit. I don't think my weight is too far off from where it was back then but it's definitely not where I need it to be. Like mentioned I want this show to be better so in order to do that I need to shake off these saddlebags and start getting my body back to the point where it wants to be more active. And so far, so good. We have a nice little plan going on. A little run/jog/walk. More walking than the other two. With some weight lifting and then I get a few miles in on the stationary bike. As much as I bitch about exercise and physical movement I do enjoy it after the fact. I mean exercise never really feels fun (In my opinion) but I find that after the initial "no pain no gain bullshit" I do feel better. I just wish I could put down those fucking double-quarter pounders or sausages slices. But yet working out is good and is going well. Hopefully all my junk will still squeeze into the custom made suit once again. I will definitely have an update on the suit once I try it on soon.
So yeah in closing. Welcome to Pocketlint productions. Hopefully you will see or hear a lot more from us in the coming weeks. I think one of the important things with this is something that Mike Hull has been saying for a while: "Creativity breeds Creativity." I'm not sure if that is an exact quote but the point is still there. There more you do the more you want to do. I found that works in my case so hopefully we are on the edge of a cliff that needs some desperate jumping off. I don't know about anybody else but I'm excited as hell. So until next time this is Mac a.k.a the King and Thank you very much. You've been a fantastic blog audience.
Here is a shot of daddy from the last time around.