Since I last wrote I've had a few experiences on the set. Most recently (other than the ACMA's this week), was the gala concert for the opening of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts here in Las Vegas. When I first heard about this in 2009 I was so excited! We have needed a place like this and am am thrilled it's here. It's our Vegas version of Lincoln Center.
I was fortunate enough to be the only stand in working this event. Will try not to take it personally that instead of working with Neil Patrick Harris I was standing in for him most of the time! (He looks just like my brother Steve). Enjoyed working with Martina McBride and Pat Monahan. While waiting for her flight to arrive it looked like he was going to be rehearsing with me on the song "Marry Me". Of course I was ready, but I don't know if he would have trusted me to rehearse it with him. Not everyone does, although they should and usually most do.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, looked like two guys on a road trip without a dime to their name, but they sounded like heaven! For John Fogerty, I almost got to rehearse his medley but was in the ladies room so they used a backup singer from Sting's band. Arghhhhhh! Emmy Lou Harris was lovely, and where has she been these past 10 years? Also, Carol King did one of her classics and later Martina McBride and Jennifer Hudson joined in. Jennifer's rendition of "Bless This House" was a beautiful touch to the opening of this amazing place. The "Broadway All Stars" were such a pleasure too. So much talent, energy and heart....and did I say talent?
This week it's the Academy of Country Music Awards. I'm standing in for the host, Reba McEntire, also Martina McBride again, and Carrie Underwood, as always. I remember when Carrie was just the "American Idol Winner" singing "Jesus Take The Wheel", and now a few years later an icon in the industry, and rightfully so. Also, Taylor Swift who made her debut a few years ago with her ode to Tim McGraw and her little sundress, guitar and cowboy boots, and now she is who she is.....was fun to watch Luke Bryan rehearse his opening for the show because his star is rising and he is finding his way. You know how it is, evolve or die, same with fame I guess.
Anna Wendt standing in for Martina McBride (and yes, Neil Patrick Harris)
|"The Broadway All Stars" rehearsing|