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Big Time Donna

I just got back from seeing Dirty Blonde with my parents. I hadn't planned on seeing the show again so soon after seeing the opening night of the West Coast premiere with my friend Donna who is understudying Claudia Shear's lead role. I hadn't planned on seeing the show until yesterday evening when I heard from Donna that she had just been told she would be going on for Claudia in less than 24 hours, the first time she'd ever been on. Donna was amazing, such a joy to see her command that stage from the start. I had seen the show here in San Francisco and first on Broadway back in October but tonight's was honestly my favorite of the three. I was so proud of Donna and had a grin from ear to ear from the house going to dark to Donna's third bow. And, of course, Bob was as wonderful as always.A few audience members behind me whispered to each other before the show that they would be seeing the "original Broadway cast." They opened their programs and out came the insert explaining that at this performance the role of Jo/Mae would be played by Donna. "I paid to see Claudia, not this Donna person" they said. An hour and a half later, looking back at their faces I could see that they were no longer upset at the change in casting. I loved Claudia's performance. She was quite pleasant when I met her at the opening night party. But Donna's my favorite. And I'm not biased at all! ;-)Congrats to Donna! I can't wait to see it with her again! Here's hopin'!

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