As a First National Tour, we have been able to see some incredible markets and venues around the country with Escape to Margaritaville, but none can compare to playing the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood just 10 days after The Academy Awards were held on that stage! Typically, Broadway in Hollywood's season plays at The Pantages, but starting in 2020, they will tour half of their shows through The Dolby, and we were the premiere of this new venture for them!
Check out our Opening Night press/red carpet!
I am so extremely fortunate that both of my parents (HI MOM!) have been able to come and support me on the road, including stops in Ft Lauderdale, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles - to name a few! I couldn't be luckier that they were my Opening Night in LA dates!
One of the beautiful things about spending our winter this year in California is that it can be below freezing at home in New York, but 65 degrees in the evening in Los Angeles calls for cocktails on a rooftop! There's also nothing quite like strolling down Melrose Ave to shop, sip an oat latte, and bask in the mid-afternoon glow of another Hollywood Golden Hour. Melrose also provides some of the most "insta-worthy" photo opps in all of LA. I was able to get some new dance shots, shown below, thanks to my amazing photographer friend Katie Davis!
When in Hollywood, one must get some ON-CAMERA time, right?! A fun moment of my time in LA was attending a filming of The Kelly Clarkson Show - my first time in a live studio audience for any show! During our second week, a few cast members, myself included, were asked to perform a live version of "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on Good Day LA to promote our show! We were featured on the same episode as Paula Abdul, so you can only imagine how much we were fan girl-ing!
If you know me at all, you would know that I have been a Disney fanatic since I was very young. I've been on three Disney trips since January 2019. Being on tour in both Orlando and Los Angeles has helped me get to the parks more times this year than normal, but each time it feels like I'm a little boy again running from attraction to attraction with Mickey ice cream bar or churro in hand! We spent one of our days off in Disneyland with full VIP Access thanks to my friend Justin. He set us up with a full-day, two-park experience. I mean, we literally walked into the EXITS of rides and walked right on. We were able to do mostly every single ride in both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, on top of having two delicious meals in the parks. We ended the day with the World of Color light/water show which is as magical now as it was the first time I saw it over 5 years ago!
I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to teach twice while I was in the Los Angeles area: once for Center Stage, Inc. and once for The Broadway Experience. The students learned a dance combo from Escape to Margaritaville and then came to see the show at The Dolby! I used to love these experiences as a child/teenager and getting to be on the other side as a teacher and seeing the way the kids reacted to the class and show was so heart-warming! Click HERE to contact me about setting up a class!
LOS ANGELES - you were a treat. Thank you for letting US "escape" the wintry blues and bask in your glory for 3 weeks. It's a moment of my career that I won't soon forget. 'Til next time, Hollywood ...