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If you give me words, I'll trade them for some of my words!   The personal blog of the Khaleesi of Manhattan (khaleesiofmanhattan.tumblr.com) as she navigates the worlds of writing/performing/creating in Los Angeles and New York. This includes tales (tails?) of her children, who are not dragons, but Arya-Rat and Sansa-Rat.
STARKRATS backwards is STARKRATS.

Picture from this morning’s (and I do mean - MORNING; we convened at 8:45AM. Thanks, Danielle) “flash mob” in Union Square. Our dance was to “All About That Bass” and we did sort of a combo 50’s/modern dance style and thus wore costumes 21st Century Pink Ladies-esque. 
Our BEAUTIFUL TALENTED UNREAL dance teacher, Danielle Guldin, is the pretty lady hanging onto me on the far right. She is by far one of the most generous and wonderful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, like, ever. I love everyone in this group, actually, but Danielle has truly become like a big sister to me - and happens to be an awesome choreographer/teacher, too, so she needed a special shout-out :)

Picture from this morning’s (and I do mean - MORNING; we convened at 8:45AM. Thanks, Danielle) “flash mob” in Union Square. Our dance was to “All About That Bass” and we did sort of a combo 50’s/modern dance style and thus wore costumes 21st Century Pink Ladies-esque.

Our BEAUTIFUL TALENTED UNREAL dance teacher, Danielle Guldin, is the pretty lady hanging onto me on the far right. She is by far one of the most generous and wonderful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, like, ever. I love everyone in this group, actually, but Danielle has truly become like a big sister to me - and happens to be an awesome choreographer/teacher, too, so she needed a special shout-out :)

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#gpoy  #dance fitness for artists  #all about that bass  #meghan trainor  #best friend danielle 
This one time I was out with my friends and I was so sure there was a Starbucks on 45th but I walked up and down the street and just COULD NOT find it anywhere so I convinced myself that there had never been a Starbucks and I just don’t know my own neighborhood. 

See if you can spot what’s wrong with this picture.

This one time I was out with my friends and I was so sure there was a Starbucks on 45th but I walked up and down the street and just COULD NOT find it anywhere so I convinced myself that there had never been a Starbucks and I just don’t know my own neighborhood.

See if you can spot what’s wrong with this picture.

— 3 days ago with 3 notes
#starbucks  #coffee  #nyc 
Welp. So it ends. I tried to stay away, I really did… But with everything that’s happened this week, I just HAD to go to Rocky. Had to. Tomorrow matinee is the final performance, so tonight was their last evening show.
And it was just as amazing as usual. If Andy hadn’t called out at intermission last time I went, there’s a chance I might not have felt the need to see it one last time (a chance, albeit a small one) but I’m SO glad I went tonight.
Lynn and Steve (and both their lovely husbands) were there - I had no idea they would be and I was SO happy to see them. I bumped into them (literally, in the case of Lynn) at intermission and then got to chat more extensively after the show. I was just so glad I got the chance to tell them how AMAZING I think the show is and how sorry I am that it’s closing but that I hoped that they considered it a win because so many people loved this musical so much. That was evident tonight especially - the audience literally was still chanting “RO-CKY RO-CKY!” after the lights went down. Standing ovations, show-stopping moments, all the usual enthusiasm and joy that this show brings.
I also saw Mr. Alex Timbers, with whom it was a pleasure to work back in ‘11 at the Brooklyn, Lyceum, but I haven’t really seen since then. So I sorta re-introduced myself to him and told him how honored I was to have worked on this production. He, like LinenSteve + spouses, was extremely sweet ❤️
You could also just FEEL that this was the last weekend. Lots of actors were adding in little “bits” or ad-libs here and there that I’m sure most audience members wouldn’t have noticed but I thought were a lot of fun. Everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. There’s an exchange in Act 2 between Andy and Margo (Rocky and Adrian) that for some reason just cracked them up to the point where they both kept laughing until the audience applauded and then they eventually got it together. I’m just glad I went, glad the show was so good, glad the audience reaction was through the roof, and glad I got to see the fabulous creative team and give them all my love and support.
What a wonderful show, what a wild ride, and what a bittersweet ending.
Til next time, LinenSteve!
And by next time I mean “Anastasia.”
And “Little Dancer”

Welp. So it ends. I tried to stay away, I really did… But with everything that’s happened this week, I just HAD to go to Rocky. Had to. Tomorrow matinee is the final performance, so tonight was their last evening show.

And it was just as amazing as usual. If Andy hadn’t called out at intermission last time I went, there’s a chance I might not have felt the need to see it one last time (a chance, albeit a small one) but I’m SO glad I went tonight.

Lynn and Steve (and both their lovely husbands) were there - I had no idea they would be and I was SO happy to see them. I bumped into them (literally, in the case of Lynn) at intermission and then got to chat more extensively after the show. I was just so glad I got the chance to tell them how AMAZING I think the show is and how sorry I am that it’s closing but that I hoped that they considered it a win because so many people loved this musical so much. That was evident tonight especially - the audience literally was still chanting “RO-CKY RO-CKY!” after the lights went down. Standing ovations, show-stopping moments, all the usual enthusiasm and joy that this show brings.

I also saw Mr. Alex Timbers, with whom it was a pleasure to work back in ‘11 at the Brooklyn, Lyceum, but I haven’t really seen since then. So I sorta re-introduced myself to him and told him how honored I was to have worked on this production. He, like LinenSteve + spouses, was extremely sweet ❤️

You could also just FEEL that this was the last weekend. Lots of actors were adding in little “bits” or ad-libs here and there that I’m sure most audience members wouldn’t have noticed but I thought were a lot of fun. Everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. There’s an exchange in Act 2 between Andy and Margo (Rocky and Adrian) that for some reason just cracked them up to the point where they both kept laughing until the audience applauded and then they eventually got it together. I’m just glad I went, glad the show was so good, glad the audience reaction was through the roof, and glad I got to see the fabulous creative team and give them all my love and support.

What a wonderful show, what a wild ride, and what a bittersweet ending.

Til next time, LinenSteve!

And by next time I mean “Anastasia.”

And “Little Dancer”

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#ahrens and flaherty  #rocky broadway  #lynn ahrens  #stephen flaherty  #andy karl  #musical theater  #my mentors  #gpoy 

Watching Psych like “guys, you can keep calling that a mouse, but it’s a baby rat. I know it’s a baby rat. I know it.”

— 6 days ago with 4 notes
#pet rats  #psych 
This just in: giant rat attacks Big Ben! Or, falls asleep in front of it. You know. Whatever.

This just in: giant rat attacks Big Ben! Or, falls asleep in front of it. You know. Whatever.

— 6 days ago with 2 notes
#dumbo rat  #fancy rat  #hooded rat  #pet rat  #STARKRATS  #Sansa-Rat 
Factor Tribute: Remembering Robin Williams →

So I think this will be my last Robin post, for now at least. I just wanted to share this. Out of the countless hours of footage of Robin, their 4-minute compilation of his life’s work included a scene with my mama. At about 2:20 into the video, they show a clip from “Mork & Mindy” where Robin storms into my mom’s deli, dances with her, then grabs a plate out of her hands and smashes it. I think it was the first Robin thing I saw this week where I was finally able to smile about it instead of cry :)

My mom was asked for a quote for a magazine (I think “People,” maybe? Idk) and gave them a couple stories from when she was a “Mork & Mindy” regular (‘79-‘81), which I think are kinda great. My guess is there are going to be so many statements coming in that there’s no guarantee hers will be used, and I thought people who loved Robin might enjoy them. I’m especially partial to the first one, which demonstrates that my clumsiness/predilection for catastrophe is actually not my fault, but a genetic inheritance. So, here, in my mom’s words:

"Before every Friday night taping of “Mork and Mindy” the cast would be introduced to the audience. The very first show I appeared in I tripped over a flat and landed on my face. I was the first to be introduced and subsequently Jay, Pam, and Robin. One by one they all tripped and fell, easing my humiliation. In addition to his genius he was a dear, sweet, kind soul filled with childlike wonderment. Along with the rest of the world I too am saddened by this tragic loss. My heart goes out to his family.

He once gave me a pair of alligator suspenders for my birthday. “They’re made of alligator foreskin - If they’re too small just rub them.” “

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#robin williams  #mork and mindy  #robin williams stories  #rip robin williams  #my family sometimes  #my mama's a star 
Jason Alexander Is Broadway Bound in More Ways Than One - Interviews - Aug 9, 2014 →

I mean, this link was in an e-mail sent to me by one of my theater-article-update-bot-things-whaterr … I couldn’t just NOT share it. Here’s Jason talking about the production of Broadway Bound he’s directing starring my mama as Kate! Can’t wait to see it … home in 9 days!!!!

— 1 week ago
#jason alexander  #neil simon  #my family sometimes  #my mama's a star 
What It Means to Be Sisters.

This is Sansa-Rat.

This is Arya-Rat.

Sometimes they like to have time apart.

But they always come back together in the end.

— 1 week ago with 7 notes
#dumbo rats  #hooded rats  #pet rats  #fancy rats  #pet rat  #STARKRATS  #Arya-Rat  #Sansa-Rat 
Also, hi new followers :)

I promise I’m generally very cheery and will give you many adorable pictures of rats and fantastic bi-coastal anecdotes of the acting world from 42nd Street, New York to Sunset Boulevard, Cali … everything’s just weird this week. Bare with me; Once this week is over I’ll probably be back On the Town and wearing a Smile againBut seriously, thanks for coming along for the ride. I always love having Company :)

But the musical theater jokes are absolutely very par for the course so if that scares you I don’t blame you for wanting to get out now unless you really like small mammals cuz boy are mine cutie patooties

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#broadway  #musical theater