I really just love stage doors after shows like this, where the audience just kept falling more in love with the show every minute it lasted, and leapt to a standing ovation instantly out of sheer delight at the end! The cast clearly feeds off that enthusiasm, and it continues to the stage door experience as well. Both cast and fans are excited to see each other, and it's fun to watch and be a part of.
The video below gives you a good idea of the infectious glee that comes with this show and this cast.
It was a cold evening and everyone was bundled up, fans and actors alike, but none so fetchingly as Billy Porter, whose hat rivaled the shoes from the show in height :). He was the last one out the stage door (from what I could tell, this was most likely due to an abundance of guests visiting him backstage after the show). The bulky wraps made it difficult to get good photos, but here are Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Stark was so gracious and warm to everyone, taking a long time with each person who wanted a photo or a chat.
Annaleigh Ashford absolutely stole the show the evening I was there! And she could not have been more charming while greeting fans afterwards. I loved her in "Hair" and "Dogfight," and was excited to be able to tell her in person how great she is in this role too!!
Ellyn Marsh (right), a wonderful member of the ensemble (and Broadway vet) having a laugh with a fan.
Celina Carvajal plays Nicola, Charlie's girlfriend, with just the right humourous touch...you can't help but like her, despite the bad "fit" between her and Charlie :). She was lovely at the stage door, and I couldn't figure out why she seemed so familiar to me, until I had a chance to read the Playbill and discovered I'd seen her in the wildly entertaining Diane Paulus production of "Prometheus Bound" at A.R.T. in Boston in 2011.
Such a fun night, and I can't wait to get back to this show and experience the Kinky joy all over again!! Everybody say "YEAH"!
Stage Door Tales
Every stage door has a story.