So this Wednesday, I went to New York to see Antoinette perform in the off Broad Way production “The Wonderful Wizard of Song”. She didn’t know I was coming so it was a surprise. As I took my seat in the theater, I looked at the audience and smiled to myself. It was a sea of old Jewish women and men, excited and adjusting themselves for the 2pm matinee. The show began and 3 men came to the stage crooning old time songs, snapping their fingers, bobbing their heads. “I hate musicals” I thought to myself.
Finally, Antoinette stepped on the stage. She was 3 feet above me. She looked beautiful and radiant in a blue gown. Her hair was styled in a 40′s fashion, makeup flawless (as always) and she began to sing. I have not seen my friend perform in a musical in nearly 4 years. Her voice, range and control was like I have never heard it before. Her eyes swept the crowd and brightened when she saw my bushy, curly head amongst the sea of gray. Her big smile broadened. I felt so proud of her. I felt like crying. Throughout the rest of the show, I know everyone was anticipating when Antoinette would step on the set again. She brought life to the show.
I have come to the realization that support is an interesting and very important phenomena. A lot of us misconstrue the appropriateness of when to support. More often than not, we “support” when the other person is gaining recognition from others or when they are closer to ‘success’ then not.
I have realized that is a bit too late. Real support coincides with the meaning of the word – “A thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright”. It is the reassurance of love, recognition and attention to another when he or she is just starting and when that person’s own self assurance and pep talks may not suffice on it’s own. Support is the reminder that he or she can do this.
I am so proud of you Antoinette. Your grace, energy, control and sheer talent in that production is really inspiring and beautiful. Everyday that you step on that stage and give it your all, you are an example of someone making her dreams a reality. You are an example of the amount of work that is required. You are perfecting and pursuing and performing your art by any means necessary. You are doing nothing short of what you said you were going to do. You are doing it! Don’t get discouraged, your on that course! Keep moving!
After the show! It’s blurry but I love this pic.
You see our effin shoes? This is the reason we are never and will never do fashion or OOTD type posts! We simply are not about that life…
My tiny backpack (camera bag) that Antoinette just would not let me live down
New York City Life
Ended my great day in a NY diner waiting for my bus. I was amped after 3 cups of these.
To see Antoinette shine and to support her journey, get tickets to the Wonderful Wizard of Song Here Type in the code wizfnf for the discount.