Monday, March 9, 2009

Break a leg, Steve

If you look at the lists on the right side of this blog you'll see the names of all the plays and musicals I've attended in the past couple of years. Without a doubt, my enthusiasm for the theatre started when I found Steve on Broadway.

As I've written before, I came upon Steve's blog in November 2006, when I was searching for information about A Moon for the Misbegotten. I sent him an e-mail and his reply was so gracious. He was excited for me and wanted to help make my first trip to Broadway a memorable one. He did and it was.

Now that Steve on Broadway has gone into blog semi-retirement, I'll miss reading him every day. He's had a great run - nearly three years - that would be the envy of most shows on the Great White Way.

And there's always the possibility of a revival or a special theatrical event. Steve's promised to post occasionally, if there's a headline he wants to write about or a personal experience he wants to share. He may also post capsule reviews of shows he's seen. And I hope he does!

Until then, browse through his archive. You'll find a passionate and knowledgeable voice, humor and wit, a fierce commitment to freedom of expression and an incredible generosity of spirit. Of all the posts he's written, this one is among my favorites.

I am so grateful for the gift of Steve's time - how he always finds a few minutes in his busy day to answer my e-mail, the hours I've spent with him and the love of his life at the theatre, sharing a meal, walking around New York City and staying as a guest in their home.

Steve, you've made me an enthusiastic theatergoer, you encouraged me to start my blog and most importantly, you remain a treasured friend and brother. Thank-you for welcoming me into your life at a time when I needed some welcoming.

As you take a well-deserved breather and move on to other pursuits, break a leg. Know that you have a permanent place on my blogroll and in my heart.


Dale said...

Great photo of you both!

I remember being in NYC and looking for a last minute something to see and found Steve's blog while lounging around the hotel. I'm lucky to have seen a show at all since I found so much great writing there that I felt more like just reading and reading. He's a great writer and booster for the live theatre. It's where I also first came across your site so, a double whammy of sorts.

I'm sad he won't be posting as often but understand. You know the pressure's on you now right? :-)

Esther said...

Oh Dale, I would never even attempt to fill Steve's shoes. There's only one SOB! And in addition to being a terrific writer, he's a wonderful person. I'm so lucky to have him as a friend and occasional theatergoing companion. The world would be a better place if there were more Steve on Broadways.