Did we encourage it? Sure. From populating his lullaby mixed tape with show tunes to religiously attending Merkin Hall’s Broadway Playhouse Series to teaching him about how musicals start out as readings.
But if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor: you can lead a horse to the stage door, but you can’t make him sing.
So my husband and I continue to be grateful that Brooks shares our passion for this art form. And we found it especially sweet when we recently passed a marquee for Cinderella and Brooks cried out with the same enthusiasm he reserves for Lady Gaga or Adele: “Look, Rodgers and Hammerstein!”
That is so great! Did you know I was in the NEWSIES company? I was wondering if you got a backstage tour when you were there. If I had known, I would have given you one. If you come back (or want to stop by when the show is letting out, I could show you around. How old is Brooks now? My son, Sam, is nearly 17, and a junior at LaGuardia HS. Mercifully, he does not want to act, and is a bass player in the Instrumental Music program there. He’s a big Classical Head. So in that regard, he takes after his mom.
Hope you are all well. Best,
Stuart: How great to hear from you! I remember you bringing Sam to one of our “Ducks and Lovers” rehearsals–if he is nearly 17, we must be very, very old. : )
Glad we’ve managed to pass on our passions to the next generation.
I love musical theater geeks , especially this sweet boy . I read this & I’m smiling , proud of you all Baba