...even if it means you might end up with the prop woman signing your Playbill! When a show involves elaborate costumes & makeup and/or has an abundance of fast-moving choreography that doesn't lend itself to focusing on one ensemble member's face, it can be difficult to know who's exiting the stage door as you're waiting for the more-recognizable leads to emerge. My experience after Jesus Christ Superstar last night proved to me why it's worth it to watch carefully and take the chance of asking someone to sign, even if you aren't 100% sure she/he was in the cast.
The cast of Superstar is large, and between the costumes and heavy makeup, it was a bit hard to tell the ensemble/swing performers from the orchestra members, stage hands, backstage guests, etc. So the crowd was a bit hesitant to reach out to someone they didn't immediately recognize; and the performers felt awkward assuming that someone would want their autograph or to meet them, and would just walk by. But one young woman came out and, while I wasn't certain she was in the show, something told me to ask her to sign. Well, you would have thought I'd told her she'd won a flat screen television! She was overwhelmed that she was being recognized; and once I asked, all the folks around me also asked, and soon she was giggling and blushing and squealing with delight. I think it might have been the first time she'd ever been asked to sign a program. And she went right on giggling all the way down the line, signing away. Cutest thing ever.
My other favorite thing from this stage door was the young woman standing next to me, who'd I'd guess to be about 18 or so, who told every actor how much she loved the show because it was "so unexpected and fresh; like nothing she'd ever seen before." Why did I love this so much? Because this show is 40 freakin' years old!! How great that it would seem so fresh and new to a whole new generation. I mentioned this to one of the actors and we had a good laugh, and marveled at how this production has brought something so new to the table. Des McAnuff is quite brilliant.
All the actors commented on what a great audience it was, and I agree; wildly enthusiastic and appreciative of the show; Given that this was only the third performance of the show on Broadway (it had only started previews the night before), it was a great night for the actors and the audience!
Stage Door Tales
Every stage door has a story.