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As 2015 takes a final bow, I find the exit music is much less blaring trumpets, and more strains of shamisen with a touch of karaoke! As I’m seeing the year out in Japan on the Cell Block tour for the month of December.

This has been a year of changed perceptions and of calm reflection with the passing of my beloved mom, and at last as the year comes to a close, I feel at peace in my soul and with the world around me and with my chosen path.

It has been another extraordinary year at Chicago the Musical on Broadway, and the journey continues into 2016. The gift just keeps on giving!! We’ve had some celebrities join us this year. The delightful and super-talented Brandy; Rumor Willis; and notorious Nene Leaks. Always an adventure and an opportunity to cross pollinate.

The biggest adventure this year was being invited to perform for Bidvest International in South Africa, themed BROADWAY this year. And seeing South Africa through the eyes of my 2 stunning Broadway men, Gregory Butler and Jason Patrick Sands who went out and performed with me. I felt proudly South African American.

AND I got serious about writing this year (chapters have been scribbled down for the last 3 years!) and what started out as a memoir, is turning into a script and I’m quite excited about it…watch this space!

Onward soldier, 2016 awaits!

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”

Steve Martin

 

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While taking quick stock, I found that 2014 has started much the same way as 2013, which is great! Who knew I would still be playing Velma in Chicago on Broadway? Certainly I would never have believed it way back in 2001 when I played my first contract as Velma. Chicago has been a blessing and a gift, and I continue to be grateful.

In June last year I was thrilled to be a part of the Tony Awards. The opening number; (and escorting Mike Tyson!) and presenting in a few categories. What a trip!!

Other highlights were performances or “showings” with American Dance Machine, singing Mr Monotony with dancers from NYC Ballet, and a fun evening at 54 Below as part of Stars of Chicago Evening.

Another great time was being a part of Hidden Treasures – songs of Larry Kerchner at Stage 72, With Marilyn Maye and many other stars of the cabaret world in a benefit for Michael Feinsteins American Songbook initiative.

Hidden Treasures

Then this happened in Times Square!

Chicago Times Square

Billie Rae Cyrus and Wendy Williams joined us this year for a brief period and Chicago turned 17!!

Chicago turned 17!

That was last year! This year has brought a delicious surprise. I am honored to be playing Velma opposite the inimitable Bebe Neuwirth who plays Mama Morton.

Velma

My new Cabaret was placed on the back burner for a few months due to some personal commitments, but I’m back in the swing of writing again and look forward to the outcome.

A major change in my personal life: husband Heinrich is out on the US tour of West Side Story (drummer) and I find myself single parent to 2 adorable and willful Frenchies! I’m obsessed and blessed!

My Frenchies!

Onward!

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