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Blog #4: Broadway and Purim

Purim Day what a happy holiday. Something happened when I was a kid on Purim, either my costume was the problem or the food --I don't have the answer. I only know that it wasn't such a merry time for me. Maybe it is costumes. When I played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, I was asked to understudy one of the Pharisees. The backstage crew flew us in standing in the skeleton of some kind of animal--I guess it represented what was past and needed to be updated. The priests wore a very heavy hat, and when I wore it a few times, the hippy, anti-establishment kid in me said, "no, I don't want to do this!" Even though I knew quite well that whoever played this particular role became Judas' understudy. 

It reminded me of when my dad's first cousin Jule Styned said to me, "darling if you want to use the spelling of my name to help your career, you are welcome to do that." Of course the hippy, non-establishment long-haired freak in me said, "No, I want to be real and use the real spelling." More about my wonderful relationship with "uncle" Jule Styne in another segment. 

So this Purim, I felt great! Maybe it was the Zoom feel---meaning not much pressure--I did most of it in advance! It was really lovely. Kelley and I had our Seudah (meal) and drank an entire bottle of wine. I did not know the difference between Haman and Mordechai, and I also did mind wearing a wig and a funny hat. It was a blast. Maybe I have turned a corner in my old age--my hat it has three corners............