Q:I know everyone will know what I am referring to if I say "The McKittrick Smell". I think it is one of the most unique smells ever. Is this smell purposefully part of the show in order to evoke an atmosphere (kind of like the way Disneyland blows scents out onto Main Street USA)? Does anyone have a guess as to what the different fragrances are that make up that smell? Definitely roses, and dancer sweat, but what else?
Once upon a time, I used to be able to tell if Careena was on as Hecate without leaving High Street because I could smell her custom perfume all the way from outside Malcolm’s office.
There have been discussions about it before, but I can’t recall the name of the line of theatrical scents that they use.
Here’s some information about the scents Pundrunk uses in The Drowned Man. I would assume they also use similar scents in Sleep No More. Not sure of the exact ones, but I’m 99% per-scent sure that fragrances are used in the McKittrick to enhance the sensory experience. :)
Alledgedly, a lot of the scents are from Demeter—http://www.demeterfragrance.com
A list of “purchased” scents for The Drowned Man “leaked” online.
* As for me. I begin by the dressing rooms, and Ben Whybrow’s Conrad is getting changed in the little side room. Not a soul is about, and his character doesn’t appear aware of me, so I stay as he wanders into the caged area by the doorway. He peers out of the metal grids at Andrea (Miranda Mac Letten) and Wendy (Leslie Kraus), and I peer at him as he takes a small piece of paper, creates dots of ink, folds the paper and creates a Rorschach blot.
As Conrad is one of my favorite—if not THE favorite—character in the show, I loved reading this great re-cap of a loop spent with him. (Beware of 1:1 spoilers, but they are clearly marked.) If you’ve spent time with Conrad, this is a wonerful way to remember the loop. It definitely brought me right back to Temple Studios. I loved Adam Burton in the role, but am happy to read good things about Ben Whybrow. Thanks for sharing your time with him!
Kelly Ripa talks about going to Sleep No More this past weekend, Feb 14-17.
Sweet Child O Mine
Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox
Album available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/twist-is-the-new-twerk/id808705152
New cast photos… Brandin Steffensen, Kristin Clotfelter, Tara Franklin
Saturday, February 1, 2014—Late Show
My impromptu New York trip continued on Saturday. In the afternoon, I saw the wondefully brilliant play, Machinal, and then met up with caoine for a pre-show date. We started with appetizers at Ovest and then moved on to appetizers at The Heath. The restaurant was booked, but we were able to get a table. It was my first trip to The Heath, and I thought it was lovely. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was splendid. I also enjoyed meeting John Lindsay (Paul Corning), his wife Elizabeth and his brother James. The Lindsays are charming hosts and a great addition to the space. I hope to spend more time with them again soon.
We were later joined by the fine Thanes from thebloodybusiness who were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary—congratulations! Once we finished off our drinks, we dashed down to the street to meet evenghostandhorse and washthisblood. We soon entered and were greeted by Julian and Ruby. After grabbing a quick cocktail, we started to hear some news about it being several cast members’ last show. I guess it was that time of year again when contracts end and people move on. I’m definitely sad to see them go, but it almost means some new cast members will soon be ushered into the McKittrick.
It was an interesting show. Many company members donned white masks to see their comrades’ final performances. So in addition to running into cast members as audience members, there were also some really atrocious spectactors. Some of the worst I’ve seen in a long time!
Nonetheless, a few highlights:
2013 CAST APPRECIATION THREAD
I first saw O as one of the witches. It was probably one of my first shows and I wasn’t aware of how to tell the witches apart. I just remember being impressed with O’s physique and strength. A show or two later, I was due to follow Lady Macbeth for the first time and was intrigued to find O in the role. For all intents and purposes, Omagbitse was my Lady Macbeth. Seeing her partner with Erik Abbott Main’s Macbeth (my Macbeth) was pure delight. O brought that strength and intensity to a part that demanded it. And always killed it with the craziness and emotion. I will miss her intensity and the way she would smack the wall in her pau de deux with EAM.
William Dixon Popp
The first time I ran out of the ballroom after Malcolm, it was the handsome ginger William Dixon Popp. And right out of the gate, I got “Popp’d” and was forever changed. Later that night—I was doing a double—I had the pleasure of meeting his counterpart, Calloway. What a brilliant Man in Bar incarnation. Extremely off-putting and awkward—I think that was the point—William created one of the strongest personalities in the McKittrick. I never had the pleasure of attending one of Calloway’s Salons (I hear there will be more). And it’s one of my biggest regrets. Definitely going to miss that red beard (and pecs and abs), his very serious Malcolm, his broad, masculine dancing and the dashing and disarming Calloway.
What a stunning and amazing performer. I often think of her as being demure and quiet, but she’s anything but. How can you forget one of Lily’s blood-curdling screams? It’s her signature call and is forever etched in my memory. During the ballroom, at the beginning of the rave and throughout as Lady MacDuff. I had my first Lady MacDuff 1:1 with Lily. I was thrilled to have a 1:1 with her Sexy Witch as well. She is one of the most beguiling Sexy Witches. My favorite moment is during the autopsy with Fulton when she would bend over backwards with her eyes closed. Then she would suddenly come alive, open her eyes and mischievously stare at a white mask. Then she’d snap forward and surprise Fulton. It was brilliant and no one else does it (that I’ve seen). And I loved when she met up with her fellow Witches and ran off to the Rave. Lily would stomp her foot and then take off down the cooridor. Lily is a pure joy and talent and it’s not going to be the same without her.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Chris this past weekend. And he is a delight. One of the most genuine and friendly performers in the McKittrick. i admired his dancing as MacDuff and his unique interpretations of Fulton and Bargarran. We only knew you for a short time and yet you’ve left your mark on the McKittrick. Hope we’ll see you again some day.
Friday, January 31, 2014—Late Show
An impromptu trip to NYC ushered in Show #30. For a random show with little expectations, it was a great night in the McKittrick. Not sure who I’d find inside, the choices were awesome. And I was pulled in many different directions. I never saw it all but am happy with the choices I made.
-Oh, Julian. I think I love you. I do love you. And while your other brother Maximiliian (also in attendance) is forever charming, I’m afraid I have a new favorite Man in Bar. I appreciate your coy tip before entering the hotel: “I think you’ll find a nice surprise inside. Something you thought you’d never see again…”
-Jeff Lyon Banquo! Having missed the first ballroom completely due to a late start, I gasped when I saw Jeff’s Banquo sleeping on the couch in the lobby. Oh, this is my lucky day. After he awoke, he held the door to the ballroom closed. Tricky man! But he eventually relinquished and I chased him down to the ballroom. Only to find him disappear again. No ballroom solo first loop. :(
-Waited for BQ in Duncan’s tent and witnessed Eric Jackson Bradley’s Macbeth murder Ed Stanley’s Duncan. And then BQ arrived to ring that bell. Stayed with BQ until we got to the fourth floor where I found….
-Chris Hernandez Fulton. I’d been wanting to follow Chris for a while now, but I haven’t seen him in the hotel on my last few visits. It was a no-brainer to pick-up with him now. BTW, Fulton has a new Bible! The last one was destroyed by god-knows-how-many scissors. And Chris kept the new Bible with him at almost all times. Pages were flying out of that thing left and right. I had to pick up a page or two for myself. He even had it with him as he reacted to the rave with the widest eyes I’ve ever seen. So great!
-Fulton took me to places in the hotel that no Fulton has gone before—at least not for me. With the Witches shot glasses, he toasted the Porter as he reset the Lobby. He took the crow into the Malcolm 1:1 room for a ceremony of sorts. He ran through the Speakeasy with such speed it was tough to keep up at times. Thoroughly enjoyed his fabric dance with Emeri’s Agnes. And he put together the cutest smiley face made out of Paisley Sweet candy for her.
-A few personal moments with him: Held the umbrella in the graveyard (a first for me) and his first loop 1:1.
-Thought at this point, I’d jump over to BQ, but then EAM’s Taxidermist walked past and starred me down. I wasn’t wearing my usual bow tie, so I’m not sure he recognized me. I tried to send him a telepathic message in the elevator by starring down James. It’s me; I’m here for a surprise visit. But I don’t think it worked. Nonetheless, I had to tell Taxi to “hold that thought” as I took my intermission in Manderley with my beloved Julian.
-And then it was time for Jeff’s Banquo. The lost luggage solo had me in tears. I love this scene and many-a-Banquo have wow’ed me. But there are some moves that only Jeff does that blow me away. When he grabs the poles on opposites sides and then flips upside down to walk on the ceiling—CMON! Awesome awesome awesome. I also loved his crypt duet with Hope’s Bald Witch. Such passion and intensity and beautiful movement. The back arabesque spin over the table gets me every time.
-I wasn’t planning for it and wasn’t expecting it, but as he left the crypt, Banquo grazed my hand and starred into my eyes… and then I knew… I chased him through the trees and up to his quarters. Banquo, you had another fan in tow and I almost feel guilty getting your 1:1. But thank you for giving me one final moment with you. I needed that… I needed the closure.
-From there, it was back up to Four to find EAM’s Bargarran. He was in his shop and no one was really following him. So, I set up camp by his counter as he polished a bone. Then he came around, starred me down, straightened my tie and took me away. A thrilling 1:1 with intensity and power of words. Lots of words that I don’t think I’ve heard before. And then a quick off-script moment that made my night. Thanks EAM!
-But I wasn’t done yet. Waited around his shop until he came back out. He handed Ingrid’s Lady MacDuff a gumdrop rather than a note. Cute touch. He also decided to groom a duck from his shop. He fluffed the feathers and ran a comb down its spine. When Fulton finally snuck through the room, Bargarran slowly approached him with duck in tow only to then peck the duck’s bill into Fulton’s head. It was fucking brilliant.
-Soon after, Taxi was ready to take me to the Rave, but the back door was locked. So, he took my hand and led me back through his shop, all down High Street and through the corridor and into the Rep Bar. Just in time to see Elizabeth’s Hecate begin her deep breaths to start the Rave. Bargarran positioned me near the witches to watch as they stripped Garth’s Boy Witch down. And then Taxi started to slink away… Not so fast, Bargarran. I followed him down to the MacDuff’s where he sewed up Teddy and stared into mirrors. And then, it was time for tea. He sat Teddy down on the bookcase and pulled down two tea cups for himself and Teddy. I almost lost it behind my mask. But Teddy was not drinking his tea, so he had to die. He had to be smothered in the crib by a very violent Bargarran. Maybe Taxi tried to poison him with the tea and since that didn’t work….
-Nonetheless, Taxi then made me a friendship bracelet out of thread and took me to the Banquet and walked me out. We exited behind a solo Banquo. It was all I could not to drop Taxi and grab Banquo’s hand. I felt like I was torn between two lovers. Ultimately, I felt I should be loyal to Taxi.
Overall, a wonderful, thrilling night with some of my favorite men in the hotel. So happy to share this time with all of you. Thank you for making me feel so special.