"How did it go??" everyone wants to know. The first Listen to Your Mother Show to hit NYC is over, and I'm feeling its impact on every level, from my sore feet to my full heart to my blown mind. I CAN'T WAIT for the videos to be posted to YouTube this summer, at which point I will offer you a link to experience the event yourself in all its hilarious, poignant, life-affirming glory. In the meantime, a few pictures from behind-the-scenes to share the excitement of the day:
We took over the JCC on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; the sold out house filled up to the rafters.
|photo: Holly Rosen Fink|
Once we realized the buzz coming through the speakers in the dressing room was the live audience filling the hall, the nerves really kicked in - cast members rushed the bathroom, rummaged through purses for mints, sent last minute Tweets, checked texts one more time to make sure their babies were doing fine without them, and started taking iPhone pictures of everyone taking iPhone pictures:
|With Una LaMarche, of the New York Observer and The Sassy Curmudgeon|
Emcee Rene Syler, @Goodenufmother, tweet diva!
|Alysia Reiner, actress, model, mom - her little girl danced backstage dressed as a ladybug|
Estelle Erasmus and I took some deep breaths and meditated a moment, director Amy Wilson passed out gifts with the most important word of the day inscribed on them, we all held hands and wished the absolute best for each other, and then...
When I sat down, the best part began. You see, in my eagerness to TAKE THE MIC! SPEAK MY MIND! SAY MY PIECE! I forgot the most important, most gratifying thing, the word engraved on the necklace Amy and the production team gifted us with:
I was particularly thrilled to see my agent and editor after the show:
And my parents. Although they're so adorable no one will believe me now when I call them Tiger Parents.
Here we all are, bright and beautiful. Wait til you hear what we have to say. You'll want to run out and write your own story and be here next year. And I hope you will. We'll all be in the front row, cheering.
|With Ba and Ma|
|photo: Jennifer Lee|