In 2002, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I decided it would be a great idea to produce and direct A Chorus Line for my thesis project. There was a 3 month rehearsal process because, well, we had to teach all the guys to dance, but it was an amazing project and helped define the path for my life.
Kristel Jelinek, a young, peppy, pretty freshman was cast as “Diana Morales” and a young, handsome, Business Major named Darin Brown was cast as “Mike Costafalone”.
On the first day of rehearsal, it is rumored that Kristel, while standing amongst a group of girls, called “dibs” on Darin. And so it was.
And then we found ourselves all living and working in New York City. In fact, Kristel and Darin were even part of the crew to work with me (aka get me through) Opening Night in 2009 and then she began working at the Producer’s office, an official Junkyard Dog, in February of this year. To have worked with Kristel at the Shubert where A Chorus Line made it’s mark feels incredibly full circle.
AND because I take full credit for “producing” their entire life together, it is with tremendous pride and heart bursting joy that I announce the arrival of the newest Junkyard Dog, the Puppy Dog if you will, a Broadway Baby through and through:
Charlotte Ella Brown made her debut on December 8th, 2011, 6lbs 15oz, at 1:13am. Named “Charlotte” for Kristel’s grandmother, she is already a frontrunner to nab a nomination for “Best New Baby in a Musical”.
Check her out!
So even though I have bought them several nifties gifties already, I found this the other day and realized that every Memphis the Musical baby probably needs one of these.
That’s right, Bon Jovi songs redone as instrumentals perfect for the lil’ rocker. And I think I know someone who can sign this CD for this little kiddio…Memphis Composer and Co-Lyricst, David Bryan, founding and current member of Bon Jovi…I wonder if he has heard these versions?
Congrats to Kristel and Darin and welcome to the Memphis family Baby Charlotte!