BWW Blog: Eric Ulloa of Goodspeed's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA - So Long, Farewell
So Long, Farewell
...auf Wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight...
Nothing can last forever and all miraculous things must pass from the "here and now", to the imprinted memories we carry of the great times we had.
The Most Happy Fella will close this Sunday night and twenty-four of the best damn actors I have ever worked with will move on to new stages, new projects and share the beauty of their personalities that I have been so very privileged to have had in my life since August. I'm never one to say "goodbye" at the end of a contract, as in how small of a community we really are, we will all see each other again. I will say though that I will truly miss this cast a hell of a lot. These are people who created magic every night and made me feel that maybe I wasn't done being onstage after all (a question I pondered when entering this contract) because when you're up there telling great stories with others who want to do the same, where else would you rather be? You'd be a fool to say goodbye to a job like that.
Magic doesn't just come from out of nowhere though, there must be magicians to pull off these miracles of theatre. Here, those come in the form of amazing producers, incredible stage managers and crew, a caring staff and front of house team and a creative team that wouldn't settle for anything but perfection. All it took was the purchase of a ticket and seat inside to see what everyone was talking about - to see the culmination of 50 years of an institution that is deeply interwoven into the fabric of the American Musical Theatre.
A blog is a pretty sorry thing if no one is following/reading it, and that has most definitely not been the case with all of you...and I thank you for that. It has been fantastic to have this living journal twice a week, where I can share with you all that was happening and introduce you to each and every person onstage.
I think all of us have really enjoyed being a part of this...don't believe me? Take a listen...
By early next week, Goodspeed will have a dark empty stage with a ghostlight smack dab in the middle. The rolling hills of Napa Valley will be just a memory, the dance steps to "Big D" will start slowly being forgotten but the audiences that did join us will talk about this beautiful show for years to come.
In the words of Frank Loesser, "How beautiful the days, they come and go."