Diary of a Chorus Girl - Previews, Catch Me If You Can


Uploaded by DanceOn on 25.04.2011

Transcript:

ALEX ELLIS: We are in our last week of tech
rehearsal, thank goodness.
We are definitely ready to turn the page.
We start previews next week, which is so exciting.
So technically, my first Broadway debut will be the
first preview.
So I'm really excited and really exhausted and really
tired, but I can't wait to have an audience and see what
their response is and--
it's the day of the show, y'all.

Being a seven-year-old in Charlotte, North Carolina
daydreaming about what Broadway is kind of different
from what it actually is.
I mean, there's still some of those elements to it, and
there is still part of me that's seven, when I go to
rehearsal and go to the theater-- and the costumes and
makeup and everything.
But there's also a reality to it.
It's business, it's a show, it's glam, it's raw.
I'd say it's half and half.
There is still a part of it that's whimsical and dreamlike
and awesome and magical.
And then there's another part of it that's the day to day,
that's eight hours a day and character shoes and dancing
and being patient and working as a group.
And we weren't all organically put together.
These are my colleagues.
These are my coworkers, like it would be any other business
or any other job.
Boys?
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: Hello.
ALEX ELLIS: What are you doing down here?
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: Popcorn.
Pissing off a white girl.
Oh, it's actor appreciation day.
ALEX ELLIS: There you go.
You could pay rent.
Doing Catch Me If You Can is really exciting because I'm
working alongside my friend Grasan Kingsberry, who I was
in gym class with in seventh grade.
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: Northwest School of the Arts.
ALEX ELLIS: I remember you in gym class doing a layup on the
basketball court and then in ballet class the next period.
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: The next day.
Or the next period, exactly.
Trying to do a plie with my big thighs.
ALEX ELLIS: Ooh, sexy thighs.
He went to Julliard.
He left Charlotte right after high school, and I hadn't
really seen him since.
And now he's my dance partner in a few of the numbers.
[MUSIC - "LIVE IN LIVING COLOR"]

And I get to do my Broadway debut with my friend.
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: You get to do a Broadway debut with me.
I'm so excited.
ALEX ELLIS: It's so cool.
GRASAN KINGSBERRY: I'm so happy.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Alex Ellis.
This is the beginning of your Broadway debut today.
ALEX ELLIS: Yes.
MALE SPEAKER: Is that Alex Ellis?
ALEX ELLIS: Yes.
FEMALE SPEAKER: She's on Broadway.
MALE SPEAKER: Oh my.
The Broadway.
ALEX ELLIS: My very first day.
FEMALE SPEAKER: This is our first day at previews.
How are you feeling?
ALEX ELLIS: I feel like it's Christmas morning.
FEMALE SPEAKER: And we're about to have our first
invited dress, your first Broadway invited
dressed gypsy run.
Are you frickin' excited?
ALEX ELLIS: Yeah.
I can't believe it.
This is a dream come true, and I'm so excited.
JACK O'BRIEN: So we're doing a play.
ALEX ELLIS: Yeah.
JACK O'BRIEN: We need Christmas.
We're going to have a full house today.
It will be a full house tonight.
Don't sit back in it.
Be ahead mentally and emotionally.
ALEX ELLIS: I can't believe this is happening.
I'm going to get my wig on.
MALE SPEAKER: Hey baby.
Warming up Broadway.
Broadway.
ALEX ELLIS: Broadway.
[MUSIC - "JET SET"]
ANNA TY BERGMAN: We just saw the first preview of Catch Me.
BEN MAPP: It was awesome.
ANNA TY BERGMAN: She was amazing.
The girls in the show are crazy,
leggy, showgirl gorgeous.
Distracting a little bit.
BEN MAPP: It's the best thing about it.
ANNA TY BERGMAN: She did a great job.
BEN MAPP: Yeah, she was amazing.
ANNA TY BERGMAN: We're proud.
ALEX ELLIS: It's our preview party.
Hi, Broadway.
MALE SPEAKER: Pizza Broadway.
MARGO LION: They say that lightning never strikes twice.
But when I walked into this theater today, some of you who
were here the last time, just something coursed through my
veins, and I thought, yes.
It is going to strike twice.
HAL LUFTIG: Yeah.
I also just want to say as, it always amazes me, to those in
our cast that made their Broadway debut tonight--
[CHEERING]
HAL LUFTIG: --welcome to Broadway.

ALEX ELLIS: I just got done with our first preview, and it
was frickin' amazing.
It was the craziest, I don't know, it was so cool.
And the audience is amazing, and they loved it, and there
were lots of great friends there.
And it was--
I don't know.
I'm at a loss for words.
This process has been amazing so far.
And I know it's going to get better.
And I know that we're going to get
tighter and get our rhythm.
And I think it's just going to be an awesome experience.
So yeah.
One under our belt and hopefully
thousands more to go.