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May 24, 2008

Jessica in "A Chorus Line"

I am very very fortunate that one of my sister's first stops on her national tour of "A Chorus Line" is good old LA. I got to see her Opening Night, and attend the after party, too.

The Ahmanson Theater is a world class venue, and the 2000 seats were packed with eager fans. I was so proud, because there was my sister, dancing and acting and singing at the very highest level of musical theater, and she obviously fit right in, because she shined up there. She really was, as Variety said, "delightfully kooky" as Kristine, the nervous dancer who can't sing (and we all know, Jessica can sing, so pretending to not be able to sing is quite an acting feat.)

It helps that I really like "A Chorus Line." It really is a great show, and seeing Jessica up on the stage in front of thousands of people just really made me so happy for her. She's worked for SO long for this dream. it's fitting that she's in A Chorus Line, since it's main story is exactly her story, someone who's given up so much for so long in the pursuit of dancing at the highest level. To see someone make it, and not give up, and just bashing at the door until her sheer talent and discipline knocks it over is very inspirational.

After the show, I got to accompany her to a party, where she was a total rock star. Countless people, including Amy Adams from Enchanted (the "hot girl" from the Office, she's an amazing actress), came up to her and gushed about her performance. It was so nice to see her get the recognition she deserved after years of auditions gone sour... And to have someone of Amy Adams' caliber approach you and want to talk to you about the job you did, you know it's just your night.


One last note. I never realized it, but the next generation's Barbara Streisand has been determined, and it's my sister Jessica. Gay men LOVE Jessica. They absolutely adore her. They can't talk to her enough. They can't look at her enough. They love her style, her pixie hair cut, her long legs. It's really quite a phenomena, one that Jessica can parlay into a very long, successful career in Broadway and beyond... Their devotion for Jessica even overflowed towards me, I was asked if I had long legs, too.

I said only when I wear a unitard.

Posted by jason on May 24, 2008 12:42 AM


hahahaha--and you know the unitard response was the perfect thing to say! I wouldn't mind being the next Barbara Streisand at all, either. Thanks for all the kind words--it was so fun that you got to be a part of that world with me, Jase!

Posted by: Jessica on May 24, 2008 04:05 AM

That's my girl . . .

Posted by: Xerxes on May 26, 2008 12:14 PM

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