By Jeff Walsh
Anthony Lee Medina first caught my attention when he nearly fell on me during the Spring Awakening tour in San Francisco. I was seated onstage, and he took an impressive spill during 'Bitch of Living,' that only seemed to energize him more for the song.
I'm never quite sure what it is about seeing certain performers in a show, and you follow them after that show, but I've always kept up with Anthony (Facebook helps there).
Of course, since that time in 2008, I spent much of the time erroneously thinking Anthony was straight and not Oasis material, a notion that was quickly dispelled upon seeing his solo show, Anthony Lee Medina - About Me, after moving to NYC.
Now, Anthony is starting a new part of his career, as he raises the money to put out his first collection of songs, The Ladybug Articles, later this year. Most of the songs are inspired by his ongoing tumultuous relationship with a guy he is still in love with.
We met during the recent heatwave at Otarian, a vegetarian restaurant he turned me onto in the city, and we talked. A lot. Here's what we had to say:
By Jeff Walsh
The last time I reviewed Spring Awakening, it was a week into its Broadway run. Since that time, it went on to become a runaway hit, netting 8 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and recently started its national tour in San Francisco.
Reading my old review again after seeing the touring production on opening night, my issues with the show remain. It hasn't lost any of its intensity and the songs are very familiar to me, but the dual nature of the show still never really gels to me, but I like both halves enough to still consider it a nice night out. Since I haven't really changed my mind on the show, you can read that original review for the show details and such.
The only other issue I had with the show are nothing new when seeing a touring show after first seeing the original cast on Broadway. When the people on the cast recording match the people you saw onstage and visualize when you're listening to the CD, it is always odd to see these "other" people saying the same lines, wearing the same clothes, and singing the same songs. That's nothing new with this show, and only happens when you strongly identify with the people you saw first perform the roles.
I just got a call from school (automated of course) that there was a graffiti bomb threat at the other high school in my district. Alas, I still have school tomorrow.
The opening of Rocky went very well actually. Amazing compared to what it was the day before (absolute crap). It was great. I'm excited to open with the other cast on Saturday.
I'm a phantom in Rocky Horror, it's so exciting! The cast looks great and rehearsals start TOMORROW!!!
The downside? I can't register for dance class :-( my mom has to go do it. Uch... A little miffed about that.
I love this show, and now you can join the cast!
Reposted from the Spring Awakening MySpace blog:
This is it! AUDITIONS
I promised y'all I'd post this as soon as I got the info. We will be having open call auditions in NY, Boston, Chicago, and LA for future replacements.
For all cities: We are seeking males ages 17-21 and females ages 16-21. Bring a recent picture/resume and prepare a short folk/alternative rock song. Accompanist will be provided.
Gideon Glick, who came out in Oasis a little while back, hit the talk show circuit this week with the cast of Spring Awakening.
On Wednesday night, they hit Letterman to sing "The Bitch Of Living" (Gideon is the one who sings "See them showering at gym class"):
On Thursday morning, hey showed up on The View to Sing "Touch Me" (Gideon is the third person to sing, actually singing "Touch Me, Just like that...")
By Jeff Walsh
I've already reviewed "Spring Awakening" back when I was on the east coast for the holidays. The Broadway show has really stuck with me, both the music, the story, the visuals, everything... so, I was pleased to find out that Gideon Glick, 18, whose character Ernst is seduced by another boy in the show, is openly gay and willing to chat with Oasis.
We spoke recently about the show, his thoughts on being an openly gay actor, and how his desire to see Queer as Folk brought him out of the closet in the seventh grade.
But, of course, we start off with Spring Awakening...
What a great show you ended up in there...
Yeah, it's quite fun!
Were you in it from the whole Off-Broadway production and everything?
Yeah, I got in on the Off-Broadway production. There were workshops and all beforehand, but I started Off-Broadway.