I went to see Cougar The Musical at St. Luke's Theatre this afternoon, and it was simply delightful!
What fun! I love a show that celebrates women's sexuality, especially when the women are experienced in life.
Each Cougar in the show goes on a journey that includes encounters with young pups and discovering love along the way. And I'm not necessarily talking about love of their partners, but of love of self, acceptance of sexual prowess as a part of who they are, and a love of life with all it's infinite possibilities.
This fun romp, filled with song, dance and humor (where age is never an issue where love is concerned or when it comes to hooking up for some fun), plays on Saturdays at 2PM in New York at the St. Luke's Theater.
Cougar the Musical is a celebration of life and women who refuse to stop living it... even as they get older!!
If you are not familiar with the this special Red's World Series, here's your chance to catch up. Wathc Number 10, the long awaited and much anticipated, next installment of "What Rebecca Thinks. . . " (insights in 30 seconds) for you dating edification and fun!
I love awards! Although some people don't believe they are important in order to do well, I believe it's great to be acknowledged for great work. I also think it's a true reflection of life because, even when we try to deny it, there are always winners and losers in everything we do. I appreciate that awards such as the Oscars, addresses this fact of life.
Yes, it's true that someone will always be left out, someone will be snubbed, or someone will not get the credit we (or their people) think they're due, but it's always exciting to have a Hollywood black-tie/evening-gown event that we can enjoy from the comfort of our living rooms, sitting on the couch in our sweats, which is something I never do...I'm just saying!
Thank God, Hollywood has kept up the tradition of dressing to impress with award ceremonies.There are so few parties where evening wear is expected anymore. Even High School Proms, New Years Eve Gala's, or going to a Broadway Show have become "dress casual and comfortable" experiences. So the chance to wear something really dressy is a treat.
And on that note, let's start RED's Red Carpet Review for Red at this years Awards Season!
Push Play to watch video...then tweet your vote @RedsWorld
I've been watching all the 2014 skating champions for this years' Olympics while dreaming that someday I would be an Olympic Winner.
And now....today, I'm proud to tell you all, I've done it!
Can you believe it? Me? After practicing my ice skating only one time this year at Bryant Park with my pretend coach and real friend, I went on to win the Olympic Gold Medal for Best Female Ice Skater in the History of Red's World! (not to be confused with the Olympic Figure Skating Competition)
If you love Bonnie and Clyde, you'll love Rosie and Tommy ! Based on the true story of Thomas Uva and Rose Marie in the 1990, Rob the Mob is a love story about a daring young couple who just wanted to find the best way to make a buck. When Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) take the mob by storm (uzi's in hand), these two lovers are the kind of criminals we love to love. Steeling from Gangsters, they stir up a lot of trouble for mobsters, while getting caught up in the celebrity of it all, they find themselves in the middle of an FBI Mafia investigation.
I loved working with Tony Award Winner, Nina Arianda again, I worked with her last year on TheDisappearance of Eleanor Rigby (not yet released). She also happens to be a graduate of my alma mater, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Watching Nina bring Rosie to life with such sexy spunk was a thrill. (Nina, I adore you!) Michael Pitt, also fun to watch work, played Tommy with a hint of naivete under his tough exterior. (Michael, or should I call you Tommy -- I hope you still have your hat. HA!) Together these two build a world of adventure that is filled with comedy and romance.
Other great talent that make this movie of mobsters come to life include: Andy Garcia, always a dapper gentleman (who I worked with before on City Island with Director, Raymond De Felitta, and Costume Designer, Tere Duncan) and Frank Whaley, always full of quirky fun (with whom I worked with on his movie called New York City Serenade).
Rob the Mob does not yet have a release date, but it will have its World Premier in March at the 2014 Miami Film Festival. Keep posted on the latest news about the movie on the Rob the Mob Movie Blog so you don't miss this adventure when it comes to a theater near you!
(Side-note: Another film I worked on, John Toturro's Fading Gigolo, will also be presented at the Miami Film Festival before its release date in April.)
So as the second month of 2014 begins, I'm proud to say that I've been working on my new direction.....or should I say, my true direction.
I've always believed that that life is too short not to do what you love. I've never been that person who allows fear (or money struggles) to get in the way of going for the dream. Yet, I have not been following through with what I see as the most important thing in life -- being true to oneself.
For the past few years, I've been very busy with a very exciting life. I've been writing like a mad woman to complete and sell my novel to agents and publishers, dressing all sorts of Hollywood Stars on countless TV Shows and Movies, and playing fun friends (and men) in between. But I have NOT been doing what it takes to realize my one true love -- performing Musical Theatre.....until now!
My long journey back to the stage began over a year ago when it became clear to me that it was time to push aside my fears and go for it. Last July, I worked things out so I could act in a movie called Valley Inn, I played the role of Marlene (the town tart), where I was also able to sing. That seemed like a good start, but late last year when I was working on yet another movie as a costumer, I had to take a step back to review my life again.
That's when I asked myself, "WTF am I doing?"
Knowing that I would always regret it if I didn't take advantage of the fact that I live in a City where live theatre thrives, I started making a plan. Please don't misunderstand, I love working as a costumer on the movies, I love working closely with talented actors, writers and directors, and I love being a part of that creative world with the wonderful crew members I've met. But as great as it is, it is not my real passion.
I want to be in front of an audience, rather than behind the scenes.
But pining about how I missed performing was not going to get me there. Although I do believe in the Music Man philosophy of using the "Think Method" to learn new skills, I knew that thinking about it was not enough to move the needle in my life. So, after thinking about my dream for way too long without taking action, I am now actively taking steps to get myself back where I belong.
From my last movie job I put a little (and I mean a very little) bit of money away to cover expenses for lessons, classes etc. so I could work with the right people to help me get back in shape for the stage. I started looking over my audition book, which desperately needed updating. I started a fitness routine so I can return dance classes (soon) without looking like a complete idiot. Then I set out to pound the pavement for an acting job!
Now I'm going to auditions every chance I get, while simultaneously developing a One-Woman Show (starring me) about the things I love (Music, Men and Money). I've not yet landed my next gig, and I have no income right now -- but I'm happier than I've been in years.
I really must listen to my heart more often because doing what I love makes the stress of facing the unknown manageable. Even though working towards a dream can mean dealing with financial hardship, lack of confidence, and fear of all kinds of things -- I can take these bumps in stride when I know I'm moving in a direction that is true to me!
Ask yourself, "WTF am I doing?" If the answer is not, "living my dream," than I believe it's time for a change for you too!!
Together we can fill with world with dreamers who do.