Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thoughts ....

I am sitting in Heathrow airport right now and am reflecting. I, stupidly, did something I never do and reviewed a message board posting about this weekends concerts. I realize now why exactly I stay my distance from them. Negative comments can sting. Hearing that some people may have had a bad experience because of any number of reasons is upsetting. I am such a perfectionist that I always want everyone to leave happy.

I won't really comment on the two or three comments of my egotism in both person and online. Truthfully, if you believe I have an ego and that I am so self assured then my therapist is worth every single dollar that I pay him.

I will, though, comment on the photography issue, though. First, let me say that the photographer was hired by the producers of the concert to take professional shots and the photographer, who has taken photos for all of my past concerts as well as an upcoming 'secret' project I am working on, was only following orders. That being said, I totally feel for the audience members who felt distracted and upset about the constant clicking of the camera. I have a very short attention span and constant anxiety built by small annoyances in life. I see a cell phone being picked up in a movie theatre and i am looking at the individual more then I am watching the movie, constantly waiting for them to take out the cell phone again so I can tell them how rude they are for ruining my movie. So, trust me when I say, I get it - 100%. It's a matter that I will make sure is never an issue again at any of my future concerts and will point it out to the producing team, as well, for their future concerts. It was never anyone's intention of annoying any of you and I thank you for being so honest in your comments about it so that it can never happen again.

I also will comment on my cursing habits. Yes, its true. I curse. A lot. I curse in everyday life. A lot. Cursing is a very strong part of my vocabulary. With that being said, I agree sometimes it can be excessive and so can some of my vulgar jokes to an audience who may not appreciate that type of language or find it funny in any way. My mind is constantly running. When I am on stage, I am not thinking about censoring myself, even though it's been brought to my attention many many times. I understand your comments, though. With that being said, when I am on a stage, I am who I am. 100%. Just like in my music, I am too honest. I say what is on my mind and what is in my heart. Just like when I write a song, when I am on a stage, my words just go. If i censored myself, I wouldn't be me. I can't apologize for that and I wont. I hear that some of you find it inappropriate and completely understand your disappointment but, at the end of the day ... this is me and, for the first time in my life, I am starting to actually like me, so I make no excuse for it.

With all of that being said - I feel honored and blessed in my life. I get to travel the world and do what it is I love. I get to meet each of you and hear your stories and be touched by you, emotionally. I am a very lucky man. If you think I may be distracted when we meet, sometimes I am, BUT I always remember you. Many I remember by face, some by name, some by stories. I always remember, though. You always leave a lasting impression on me.

Two days ago, Mark Shenton posted a lovely review of my London concerts on his Blog on The Stage's website. First, I felt honored to be mentioned in the same article as Jason Robert Brown (the absolute and ultimate king of the cult composer and one of the greatest and most honest and emotional writers presently writing) and was fascinated that he was able to understand what it is I do. I often say that people in the industry don't really get me. It's the people who buy the albums that do. Yet, for the first time, someone in the industry connected the dots to David Friedman, a man a respect completely. I wanted to share that review with each of you (link below) and say, once again - to all those who made it out to the concerts in both Australia and London - THANK YOU !!! To all those who email me your stories and your letters - THANK YOU !!!

This has been a crazy month and a half for me, with traveling, performing and finishing up my most personal CD yet. I thank you for keeping me sane, for holding my hand and for being a part of this experience with me. You don't know how truly grateful I feel for this life that you treat me to and I thank you from the very bottom part of my fucking egotistical heart.

With Love, SA

http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/shenton/2010/09/something-extra-for-the-weekend/index.html

Thursday, September 16, 2010

MY NEW PROJECT - From ME to YOU !!!

Hey Everyone -
I am EXCITED to share that, starting in January, I will be giving back to all of you with a wonderful and exciting new program. This is my thanks to all of you for being so incredible to me.

At least once a day I get an email from aspiring musical theatre performers wanting to find ways to explore more opportunities to learn about the industry but one major thing is standing in there way - they can't afford it. Many of my contemporaries offer incredible masterclasses with many teaching courses on how to write for musical theatre or teaching on better ways to audition. Well, starting in January, I too will be starting my own masterclass.

Once a month, I will offer a two hour masterclass at a rehearsal space in New York City. Each class will center on something different pertaining to musical theatre and ways to grow in the field. In addition, each month will host a special guest who will be on hand for the 'Q and A' session with a Broadway Personality. I have already started lining up guests. Those joining us will include Tony Award winning actors and actresses; long running featured members of Broadway's hit shows; Award Winning composers and lyricist (both established and up and coming); Award winning Choreographers; set designers; costume designers; casting directors and many many more !!!

So, what's so special about this masterclass ? Well ...

IT'S FREE !!!!

Yes, you heard me right. Absolutely free. I will be taking care of all the costs myself. Why, you may ask, would I do something like that ... well, the answer is simple - I love the arts and I have been fortunate enough to make a living doing what it is I love. When I started producing the 'Monday Nights, New Voices' series, I started realizing how important it is to give back to the community. I make no money off of this series, often losing money, and yet, I am more proud of producing this night of new talent then of anything else I have ever done so far in the industry. What it comes down to is ... I love what I do and it is so rare for people to love what they do. Truthfully, I wouldn't be able to do this without any of you and so, for one year, every month, I will host this masterclass as my way to give back to all of you.

So, why should I pick you ? Great question I don't know the answer to, yet !! It's time for you to tell me. Each person applying will need to write me a short essay about what theatre means to them and why being accepted into this program is important for you. It is as simple as that. Please email scottalanmasterclass@yahoo.com with your essay. I will announce all accepted students on December 15th, 2010.

All applications must be received no later then November 15th, 2010. I will be reading all essays personally. I look forward to hearing from all of you and getting a chance to meet and work with each of you for the year of 2011. We're gonna have a great time and I expect to learn as much about myself from this experience as each of you will learn about yourself.

Best, Scott Alan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AIDS WALK - Donate today

I will be participating in the AIDS walk on May 16th, my 32nd Birthday. As someone who has many friends who have been affected by the disease, I would LOVE it if you would help donate to such an incredible cause and help me match my goal of $2,500: http://blba.us/i.asp?id=331281-177500223-1

Thursday, March 25, 2010

IT'S BOYS NIGHT AT BIRDLAND - APRIL 12, 2010

David Burtka

It will be boys night at Birdland April 12 when a host of Broadway's leading men join composer Scott Alan during his one-night-only concert. Newly announced for the 7 PM performance are David Burtka (Gypsy) and RJ Helton (first season "American Idol" finalist).

Presented by Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the evening of Alan's music will also feature the previously announced Darius de Haas (Rent), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime), Josh Lamon (Hair), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan), Grasan Kingsberry (Finian's Rainbow), Matt Doyle (Bye Bye Birdie), Michael Seelbach (Wicked), Jay A. Johnson (Hair), The Broadway Boys and Brandon Webman.

Alan, who will accompany the performers at the piano, will also perform some of his own material. Cabaretgoers can expect to hear tunes from Alan's recordings "Dreaming Wide Awake" and "Keys" as well as songs from his upcoming recording, "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up."

Tickets are $25 and $35 plus a $10 food-drink minimum; for reservations visit www.BirdlandJazz.com. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?r=B254&fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=8B252620-EEE8-FCA1-01D376FEF89A7976

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Letting go of Fear for 2010

Hey everyone -
As we wrap up this incredible year, I thought I'd give thanks to each of you for making 2009 so successful for me. Without you, I don't know where I'd be today. This year, alone, you have given me an incredible amount of strength in San Fransisco, New York, London and Los Angeles. For the support you have shown me, I am forever grateful.

I am so looking forward to what 2010 has to offer and I am excited about meeting many more of you in cities I haven't yet performed and/or visited yet. Getting the opportunity to meet those who have supported me over the years is so incredible and I value our time together immensely. It humbles me.

My New Years resolution for 2010 is to not allow fear to stop me from enjoying what life has to offer me. I fear flying and heights and, like many, fear being rejected. I am going to put myself out there more then I ever have before and have great anticipation for what my new found form of strength can supply me in the coming year ahead.

I wish all of you a wonderful and happy and prosperous New Year and am looking forward to meeting and/or seeing you all again very soon !!!

With Love and Appreciation,
SA

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It has been awhile ...

It sure has been some time since I last wrote a journal note, and for that, I am truly sorry. Life has been throwing incredible blessings my way and for that I haven't had as much time on my hands as I have had in the past. That being said, that in no way means I've forgotten about you in any way, shape or form.

These past few months have been extremely exciting and I have had the great fortune of meeting so many of you at concerts, events and masterclasses around the world. I love nothing more then getting the opportunity of talking with you on a personal basis an feel extremely privileged that I've been able to do so. Yet, work doesn't stop. Before the year ends, I will be meeting many more of you at masterclasses and concerts in LA, London and NY and I CAN'T WAIT !!!!

I mean it when I say that meeting and talking to all of you is inspiring to me. I wouldn't trade it in for the world.

I promise to write more often - this note, though, was just to say hi and thank you all for your continued support.

With Love, SA

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 16th -

Hey everyone -
So, I don't know why I felt the need to share my private information with each and everyone of you but, I have gotten an overwhelming amount of emails this morning wishing me luck at the Breast Cancer Walk in Boston this morning. Since so many of you donated an incredible amount of money to help me raise my donation quota, I thought it was only fair to share with you that I will no longer be walking in Boston today. It is not my place to go into full details over the why's and how's, but due to personal situations, I have made the proper decision to not attend the walk in Boston today, May 16th.

With that being said, I DID want you to know that I am still walking. I will be joined by a group of my friends today in New York City, come rain or come shine, to walk in memory of those who have passed and in honor of those who are fighting the good fight of Breast Cancer. We will begin at 11:30 am, walking through Central Park, and wearing our Breast Cancer ribbons and our Avon Breast Cancer T-Shirt.

Though so many of you donated for me to have the opportunity to walk in the Boston walk, your donations are not being forgotten about. Each donation has been processed and donated to the Avon Foundation and will go to continue the fight towards fighting for an ultimate cure for Breast Cancer. You helped me raise well over $2,200.00 and I can't thank you enough for your generosity and kindness of spirit.

In addition, thank you all so much for your beautiful Birthday wishes as well. I am excited to celebrate my birthday tonight with some of my closest friends and only hope my legs don't buckle from today's walk ;)

Thank you for the understanding and wishing you all a beautiful and wonderful weekend.

With Love,
SA