Well, it's been a while since I let you guys know what was going on with me, and kind of a lot has happened. So here we go with a massive update:
The Broadway company of Mary Poppins took our final bow back on March 3rd. I can't say how much that production meant to me. I was so proud for it to be my Broadway debut, and over the nearly two years I spent there, I worked harder than I ever thought possible, and I made some wonderful, lifelong friends. Closing night was quite an emotional roller coaster, but all good things must eventually come to an end, and I will always cherish my time in that beautiful show.
In the late spring, I went down to lovely Hilton Head Island for an absolute dream job in Spamalot at the Arts Center of Costal Carolina. I got to play the Historian, Not Dead Fred, Prince Herbert, Robin's Minstrel, and a couple of other characters in one of the most stupidly fun shows I've ever had the pleasure of performing. I couldn't believe I was being paid to have such a great time! It didn't hurt that I also got to spend most of my days in the sun on those gorgeous, hard-packed beaches. I hope all musical theatre actors get a chance to do this show at some point in their careers. It's just the most fun anyone could ever have on stage.
In July I was invited back to sing the National Anthem at both Camden Yards in Baltimore and Nationals Park in Washington D.C. These are two of the nicest stadiums around, and the Orioles and Nationals are always wonderful hosts. Since I was singing on a Sunday for both those games, the tradition holds also to sing "God Bless America" at the Seventh Inning Stretch, which was a very fun addition to the afternoon for me. These MLB games are always a highlight of my year, and hopefully I'll make it to all the Major League stadiums before long. I'm still hoping to get in with the Mets and Yankees so that I can sing for some games in MY town as well. Maybe 2014 will be the year!
As the colors turned along the Saw Mill River Parkway, I finally got my opportunity to work at the theatre that gave my wife her Equity card back when we had just met, the Westchester Broadway Theatre. The show was Kiss Me, Kate, and if you know me, you understand how much I have loved this show since I first bought the cast recording of the 1999 Broadway Revival. I've been dying to play this role since I was an adolescent theatre geek taking his first dance classes, so you could say I was excited to get the chance. After fourteen years of anticipation, I hope you'll forgive me for posting a couple of my notices. Sue Ann Witt of Rising Publications said "Missy Dowse as Lois/Bianca and Brian Ogilvie as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio are truly wonderful," and James Cotter of the Times Herald-Report pointed out "Dowse's sparkling voice and personality and Ogilvie's charming tenor delivering the witty lyrics with clarity and humor." Michall Jeffers of Woman Around Town even said that I "achieve[d] the nearly impossible in making Bill likeable." All right, you get the point. It was a fun show, and some folks thought we did a good job with it. Thank you very much!
Lastly, I'm excited to report that in December, I'll be making my very first appearance on the high seas. I'll be performing with the Unexpected Boys in their Four Seasons show, which is a lot of fantastic music and a lot of silliness as well. If you find yourself aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance around Christmas, come check us out!
Well, that just about brings us up to date. 2013 has been a fantastic year so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing what lies just beyond the horizon. Check back here soon for more updates. I promise not to take so long next time!