EF - Let me read some things people had to say about Titanic after it won the Tony.


"Long live Titanic. I am truly ecstatic that Titanic won for best musical. I practically lost my voice by cheering so much for this great production."

"Congrats to all those involved with Titanic. A worthy winner well staged and produced dealing with a challenging and demanding subject."

"Sail on Titanic!"

"Bravo, Titanic! Bravo to the wonderful, hard-working cast and crew of Titanic."

"It was almost as if the show became a member of our family, because our hopes for its success were so important to us."


Well, what do you think?

BdJ - WOW!! The second one was interesting. I think that's why people have such a strong reaction to it because the story is so grand. It's of mythic proportion . To do that justice and tap into what people are already really interested in, obsessed with and really have such a high interest in is great.

People may have preconceived feelings about the event and to have a theatrical production that was tantamount to their passion is satisfying and wonderful. It rises to the challenge of telling the story with great integrity. That is why it illicits such strong responses. Obviously, people love theater. Undoubtedly, there are those kind of comments about all the shows on Broadway this year.

What I was saying about this show in particular is the zeal and, hopefully, the long lasting impact that it will have because people worldwide have a great interest in this story.


Interruption by Brian fan number two:

"I don't mean to interrupt but you are so excellent in the show."


BdJ - Thanks a lot.


I've seen it twice. In fact I saw it with my sister this past Saturday.


BdJ - Oh yeah? Are you from New York?


Yes. You are great. Congratulations.


BdJ - Thanks a lot.

EF - That is so cool.

BdJ - [Laughing proudly] It's great!

EF - I'd like to be in your shoes for just five minutes.

BdJ - That's very nice of him. See? I brought you here because this is where all the Titanic people hang out.

EF - That's great Brian. I'm impressed. Good for you. Congratulations.

BdJ - It is still overwhelming to see how people love the show and to get praise like that is great.

EF - Any words of advice to people who want to pursue acting as a career?

BdJ - There's a Latin phrase that has been in my family for generations. My advice is that Latin phrase, semper ubi sub ubi. That means, always wear underwear, which is difficult for a lot of actors I might add.

Try to enjoy what you're doing and believe in what you're doing. Have confidence in your career goals. You have to relinquish a little bit of control which is a constant lesson for me. You have to trust that it is gong to happen and not fight so hard to get your own way.

Just work hard to get the opportunities and be ready. Work hard for the opportunities and when they come be ready for them, enjoy them. It sounds idealized but it is true. It's like you, Ed. You heard something in your heart to do this and go back to school. Despite various successes in your life, you wanted something different and worked hard for the opportunity.

Joseph Campbell says follow your bliss. If you follow that, you'll be all right. It's not going to be easy all the time but it's going to make your heart happier. I'm lucky because I feel like I'm doing what I want to do.


THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS:

In this crazy, come and go world of ours, it is not often you find a caring and quality person. Brian d'Arcy James is, without question, one of these people. His attitude, kindness, and determination have done him well. It is because of these attributes that he has become well respected both as an actor and a person. Brian epitomizes what being good-natured is all about and could easily be a role model to others. There is no doubt that his success will continue. Keep your eye on Brian!



- Ed Feldman



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