BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!

One of the unspoken thrills of theatre is getting ready for each performance. The prep-work involves putting on wigs, applying make-up, zipping up costumes, and (in the case of My Fair Lady) applying facial hair.

Allow me to paint a picture: Fourteen actors are seated in a cozy basement dressing room 30-minutes before showtime. Each actors' preparation is as unique as each actor; some quickly slip into costume to allow time for socialization, while others sit in a comfy corner with a crossword puzzle. One actress is securing her wig while the other is waiting for the last minute to put on his tailcoat. It all depends on the actors personality.

But one thing is certain with the company of Stages' My Fair Lady - we are a harmonious group in the dressing room. The energy is a lot like the buzz of your favorite Sunday brunch spot. Actors are moving to and fro, the crew seamlessly prepping the set upstairs, and small conversations hum in every corner like, "What did you do today?," to "I hope your father is feeling better after his surgery." We are, in essence, a trust-filled family preparing to share with you our piece of theatre.

Tonight was a particular joy in the dressing room as it was Opening Night. Little gifts were waiting on each actors' station, and special friends were seated in the audience. The following are photos of the cast's preparation, and later, our celebration at Café Provencal in Kirkwood. Enjoy!

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BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Lauren Roesner as Clara Eynsford-Hill

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Lindsey McKee and Lori Pagano

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Lindsey McKee as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Zoe Vonder-Haar as Mrs. Higgins

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Craig Blake as Quartet

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Jon Kwock as Ensemble

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Steve Isom as Quartet

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
John Flack & Alan Ball

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Jeff Scott Stevens, Patch David, Edward Juvier, Jon Kwock, Jon Flack, Sean Quinn

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Brandon Davidson, Edward Juvier

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Chris Guimet & Pamela Brumley

BWW Blog: Brandon Davidson of MY FAIR LADY - Opening Night!
Dottie Marshall-Englis & Assistant

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Guest Blogger: Brandon Davidson Brandon Davidson is currently a company member of the 2013 season at Stages St. Louis. This summer he played Warner in Legally Blonde, and is currently Freddy in My Fair Lady. In New York, Brandon has appeared with NY City Center Encores in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Sony cast recording) & No No Nanette!, and was part of the 1st National Tour of White Christmas. Favorite regional roles include Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, Cliff in Cabaret & Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees. Brandon has performed at The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House & with The Boston Pops. He is a Boston Conservatory graduate, originally from San Diego.