Friday, December 21, 2007

A Word On Family

As most of you know, I come from a family so small we all fit into a minivan. I know this, because we all fit into a minivan to go to the rehearsal dinner for my cousin's wedding last year. So, even with my cousin and his now wife we'd still fit into that minivan. Yeah, we're that small. But, we're also incredibly cool, very sweet and entirely lacking in drama. Unfortunately, I only see them about once a year... that whole east coast/west coast thing and my lack of copious amounts of vacation time.

That brings me to my adopted family. What we lack in blood, we make up with history. Mom'n'I were adopted about 29 years ago into a family so big that there are separate cars for the dogs. And no, I'm not kidding. They're exactly 2 miles away. So, we see them about once a week during the low season and about three times a week during high season.*

Why do I tell you this? Ok, I'm getting to that. One of my adopted family members is Michael Callan. Like us, he doesn't share the family name but has been a part of the family for many, many years. He's one of the kindest men I've known, and one heck of a performer. He is best known for originating the part of Riff in the Broadway production of West Side Story. The 50th anniversary was last week and he, as well as the rest of the original cast, were flown to New York to participate in two special, sold-out performances bringing the current and originating casts together.

The clip below was sent to me. I thought it was just incredible. And, therefore, I share it with you. In case you're wondering, Michael is the first one to sing. He enters stage center and begins the performance.


*High season runs from Thanksgiving to Mother's Day.



Blogger steve said...

I'm looking forward to detailed blog coverage of The Grab Bag this year.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

I always liked Michael Callan...great talent! Was that Carol Lawrence in the red wig? Chita Rivera still has great legs!!! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Have a wonderful holiday celebration!

3:48 PM  

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