Home Again, Home Again - Just In Time For A Reading

Just got back from Merrily We Roll Along at the Huntington in Boston, and jumping right into a new reading. My first time playing a grandfather! (Of course, they were VERY young when they had kids…. ) Shout out to Owen Panettieri for writing such a thoughtful inspiring role, one of those characters you wish you could be more like in real life!

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So this is a screenshot of a page from the Style Watch section of the Boston Globe from Sunday October 1st, 2017. I mention the date so specifically because future generations will come to know it as the day that hell officially froze over, as evidenced by this picture of yours truly on my way backstage for the opening performance of Merrily here at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. (Full article HERE.) The story has been widely derided as fake news, due mostly to several eyewitness accounts of nearby flying pigs which were obviously photoshopped out of the scene.

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So this is a screenshot of the promotional vid the Huntington made for Merrily We Roll Along, (Click here for the video itself. Also dig the stud in the powder blue leisure suit!) We opened last week after a fairly grueling tech/preview process, and all that work paid off. The local critics have gone nuts, using phrases like “Outstanding, first rate…” (Boston Globe), and “Finest piece of theater of the past few decades.” (South Shore Critic.)

It’s all a testament to the amazing work of our director Maria Friedman. Confession - I was unfamiliar with her before I got the gig (she’s a REALLY big deal, especially in the UK) but the kindness, energy, and overall positive vibe she brought to the audition process made me want desperately to book this one. …

© Craig Waletzko 2016