If you want to hear his gorgeous voice in person, you’re in luck, beyond Jersey Boys he is also going to be singing two songs at Acting Up Stage’s The Sound of Silence. Monday, April 20th, 2009. 8pm. And I feel very fortunate to be able to present to you a blog written by superstar Jeff Madden about an experience that he once had in New York City.
By Jeff Madden
I felt like the ‘Only Living Boy in New York’ last fall, when I was auditioning for Jersey Boys. I had auditioned in Toronto a couple of times and it had gone well, but when they offered to fly me down to New York ASAP I knew they were serious.
I had been to New York a couple of times previously, but had always gone with someone, crashing on friend’s couches. But, this time was different.
Going to the airport solo, flying solo, and taking a cab to a hotel solo. Spending the night by myself, getting ready in the morning by myself, and just strolling the avenues biding my time all by myself. With my iPod supplying the tunes, I let the music just propel me around the town, without a plan (other than getting to my audition on time!)
I think you can hear those things in Simon and Garfunkel’s song. The acceptance of being on your own, with not a care in the world, just enjoying taking a stroll through that beautiful city.
That’s what I’ll be thinking about when I sing that song Monday night. The last trip to New York. In fact, I’m trying to lead my life more like that, each and every day. Loving life, right now, in this moment.
So get on that bus, Gus! No need to be coy, Roy! 10 Canadian Musical theatre legends. One Night Only. April 20th, 2009. 8pm.
Get to the theatre, Peter