Well, what can we say, it’s been a big week here at the studio, and it’s only Tuesday.
First of all, the Tony Awards were on Sunday, as you are all probably well aware. And since we at the studio are all devoted theater people, we approach Tony Sunday with all the fervor that most people reserve for the Superbowl. But this year was extra special – not only was the always-amazing Neil Patrick Harris, studio favorite and studio client, back to host, but two studio clients, Josh Gad and Nikki M. James, were nominated for Tonys for their brilliant performances in ‘The Book of Mormon’. So already we were in seventh heaven just watching them sit in the audience all glammed up and gorgeous, and knowing that the world could now recognized the talent we always knew they had in spades. But then, well, let’s just say they better invent some higher levels of heaven, because our beloved Nikki M. James won for best Featured Actress in a Musical. And as if this wasn’t enough, she gave our very own Liz Caplan a major shout out, as you can see in her charming and moving speech:
Congratulations, Nikki, we love you. And we’re pretty sure your crazy talent level means this isn’t going to be the first time you’re up on that stage holding one of those little medallions.
So, really, what could make this week better? Well, funny you should ask. Another favorite and student of Liz’s, Stephen Colbert, lent his talents to the Tony broadcast, both in an opening number cameo and in a number from the most excellent concert version of ‘Company.’ But as if that weren’t treat enough, we were listening to NPR this morning, only to hear those familiar dulcet tones talking to Terry Gross for the program ‘Fresh Air’. And what did they talk about? Well, quite a lot, as the program is 40 minutes long. But one topic was Stephen Colbert’s path to singing, and his experience with voice lessons, which he was, naturally, incredibly charming and eloquent about (You can listen to the entire interview, which we highly recommend you do, here, but here’s a snippet – “What I rediscovered was the therapeutic nature of singing lessons,” he says. “They’re like doing yoga but for [the] inside of your body. You open up and use muscles that you don’t think of as malleable. … You can turn your head into a bell. … That’s what we kept working on: resonance and projection and relaxation and just remembering or relearning how to breathe through a phrase. The technical aspects of it are fascinating to go through in the lessons. And then you have to forget all of it, and sing.”) And then he gave a shout-out to our very own Liz Caplan.
Now let me make something clear – Liz truly loves the work she does and the relationships she forms with all of her students. If she had the time and/or self-cloning capabilities, it’s highly likely that she would be at every single performance that any of her students ever does, cheering them on in the stands. Watching them all go forth and sing with lessons she has taught them is a thrill in itself for all of us who work in the studio. But we have to say, hearing Liz get a shout-out from not one but two beloved students in two days; well, that’s just the cherry on top of a cherry jubilee.
So here’s to the rest of the week! Although it’s already set a pretty high bar for itself with the first two days, we have to say!