My cat Eva and my husband David don't want to participate in my two-show-day photo feature. (I may or may not have accidentally stepped in cat vomit shortly after this picture was taken.)
Cuddling with my 9-year-old son Gavin before school.
Since I do eight shows a week and I'm not home for a family dinner, I try to make breakfast special. Today I make a huge batch of bacon. I asked them for a caption for this picture and they said: "BACON TONGUES!"
My 11-year-old Max waves goodbye as he walks to school. Also, we have trees in the suburbs!
After a parent-teacher conference, Gavin shows off his school project before saying goodbye for the day. It's a diorama of his idea of "Neverland" which includes family, television, monkey bars, art supplies, friendly tigers, and Harvey Weinstein (just kidding).
I understudy Jane Krakowski whose performance is wonderfully athletic, so I have to stay fit! I don't have time today to go to the gym today so I do a quick yoga routine.
My sweet husband David finally agrees to pose for a picture. He's a "civilian" and works as an electrical engineer in Manhattan, but he's working from home because our sitter couldn't come today. (It's going to drive my dad crazy that my art is crooked in the background. Hi Dad!!)
I notice the daffodils in bloom before leaving my house for the day. Spring has sprung!
I arrive in Manhattan and head straight to a voiceover audition. Here I am hydrating before my audition! Wish me luck!
Nailed it! Also, I run into fellow voiceover artist (and television superstar) Kathy Searle. She's hilarious and amazing.
Walking through midtown - hey! I'm in that show!
I had a lovely lunch date with the luminous and extraordinary Carla Duren, who dropped me off a the Studio 54 stage door afterwards. We did the world premiere of "Amelie" together this past summer at Berkeley Rep.
I love all our doormen, but brothers Justin Lawrence and Carl Meade might be my favorite!
Here's our sign-in board! And carpenter Andrew Rosa and sound guy Adam Rigby are the first to greet me at the theater.
All the Broadway shows wished us well on our opening night, one of my favorite traditions.
The reviews are in. We're a hit!
Laura Benanti's onesie should have its own Tony Award.
Here's my joyful dressing spot.
Getting my wig and hat on with my dear friend Carrie Rohm, with whom I also did "Bonnie & Clyde" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
Fellow ensemble member (and Drood alumni) Jenifer Foote is our brilliant dance captain. I love her stretching ritual before each show.
When the stage manager calls 5 minutes to places, Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski comes to flirt with the ensemble men (Jim Walton, Justin Bowen, Preston Boyd, Ben Eakeley, and Michael Fatica)...
...And to gossip with the ensemble women (Cameron Adams, Laura Shoop, Jenifer Foote, and me!).
Peter Bartlett is always standing in the wings at "places", even though he doesn't enter until the end of the first act. He likes to hang out here to feel like he's a part of the show. (Also, there's props goddess Kaki McCauley in the background. Hi Kaki!)
Three-time Gypsy Robe winner Cameron Adams and I get ready for our big scene ("Did you ever try their hand cream?" "I wonder if it's any good!"). We often sing along and make up silly dances while we're waiting for our entrance. (Also, shout out to costume designer Jeff Mashie. Don't we look gorgeous?!)
Tony winner Laura Benanti gets her wig touched up (by the awesome Victoria Tinsman) before she graces the stage for her first entrance. The audience is about to be blown away by her extraordinary talent.
It's a "Dear Friend" prop letter! Georg has pretty handwriting.
The "candy lady" (Broadway veteran and comic genius Gina Ferrall) and the "list lady" (me!) wait for our next entrance. We add something new to my list every night. Do you think Maraczek's parfumerie sells all these things?
The wind beneath our wings. From top left, clockwise: Dan Mendeloff, Scott Rollison, Dan Hoffman & Larry Jennino, Tom Goehring & Jason Bowles & Steve Jones.
Oh look, Larry Jennino went shopping at Bloom & Dales and Hungarian Eagle Outfitters!
The "candy box cross" ladies.
Blondes DO have more fun!
Cameron Adams (and her swag hood) limbers up before Romantic Atmosphere, during which she does the splits twice!
That's me and Laura Shoop (who is also the exquisite Amalia understudy), ready in our glamorous black gowns for Romantic Atmosphere, the last number in Act One.
Intermission! When our stellar female swing Sara Edwards isn't working on a giant jigsaw puzzle, she's getting waited on by busboy Michael Fatica.
Our orchestra! They like me because I bake cookies for them from time to time. Top: Richard Brice and Mark Mitchell. Bottom: Sean Carney, Sylvia D'Avaizo, Jenny Hoult, John Ferrari, Roger Shell, and John Dent.
Our conductor Paul Gemignani (center) is still celebrating Valentine's Day with company manager Roseanna Sharrow and stage managers Zac Chandler, Alexx Hall, and Scott Rollison.
The ensemble men have a lot of downtime backstage. From top left, clockwise: Ben Eakeley does his taxes, Michael Fatica and Andrew Kober do their pre-Christmas-song prep, and Justin Bowen and Preston Boyd get cozy under their dressing stations.
Our wardrobe team! From left: Adam Adelman and Adam Rigby, Becky Judd, Tammy Kopko, Larry Jennino, Holly Nissen, and Linda McAllister! (Not pictured is the women's ensemble dresser Tree Lenon who is on vacation. We miss you, Tree!)
What would backstage on Broadway be without Bananagrams?! Here I am with Cameron Adams, Gavin Creel, Michael Fatica, and Sara Edwards (who dressed for the occasion!)