LTYM Chicago 2013: A Co-Producer Conversation

by admin on May 3, 2013

Tracey: Hey Melisa! How’s it going, girl?

Melisa: Oh, you know, just breezy.

T: Can you believe it’s only TWO DAYS till our LTYM show goes live on stage?

M: I cannot! It seems like only yesterday we were at auditions with our chocolates and box of Kleenex. Speaking of chocolates, got any?

T: I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around the entire idea. It feels like so many wonderful events in Life: time is all askew and convoluted…

M: Yeah; I have a kid going to his senior prom tonight. How did he get so old while I still am so young? Anyway, YES. This is a busy time, Before we know it, the show is going to be over and we’re going to be staring longingly at the pictures our photographer Sabrina Persico took, and then the videos…which will be on the LTYMshow YouTube channel later this summer. But you probably knew that.

T: Do you think the cast has had as memorable of an experience as we have? Do you think they KNOW how important it is to US that they feel our love and support? (I feel like a mom in some ways, don’t you?)

M: I think they have, and yes, I think they know. This journey has been so wonderful, and I’m so glad that Sunday’s show is just a pitstop with our new LTYM family members. They’re stuck with us forever now. Muah-ha-ha-ha!

T: You know that I could never have done this without you, right? You are the cheese on my turkey and cheese on rye. You are the rhythm to my RHYME. You are the freaking wind beneath my wings, girl. And yes, I’m totally singing that song even though I have issues with Whitney Houston. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

M: I love you too, and that’s part of the reason why I need to tell you that Bette Midler sang the wind beneath my wings song. Whitney sang “I Will Always Love You”, which is a darn good contribution to music history as well as totally appropriate for this situation. BUT YOU WERE CLOSE. Anyway, I couldn’t have done this without you, and wouldn’t have wanted to. We are a great team!!

T: Really? Huh. I like Bette Midler. This is why I need you around to correct my musical literacy. I have so much fun working with you that it sometimes doesn’t FEEL like work, you know?

M: Same here. The only time this LTYM stuff ever feels like work is when…yeah, it never does. We know how to make our own party. I think that comes through in the final result, don’t you? Speaking of the final result and coming full circle on this conversation, I can’t believe the show is the day after tomorrow. Will you call me six times on Monday, just for old times’ sake?

T. I think that’s an easy and obvious YES.


Melisa and Tracey


Tick tock, tick tock…

The clock stops for no one. If you haven’t purchased your ticket for the Chicago show on Sunday, there are still available seats. Visit the Athenaeum Theatre website or click here to be taken directly to their ticket sale page and save yourself some time on the day of the show.

As we’ve said before, our charity of choice for the 2013 show is the Greater Chicago Food Depository which donates food to hundreds of food pantries and kitchens and distribution centers across the Cook County area. One of the food pantries that benefits from the efforts of the GCFD is the Lakeview Pantry West located within the Athenaeum Theatre building itself! If you are attending the show on Sunday, May 5th and would like to help, please consider bringing one of the most frequently needed items at the food pantry such as:

-100% Shelf Stable Fruit Juice

-Canned Tuna and Meats

-Peanut Butter

-Dried Beans



Please bring any of these items with you to deposit into the boxes provided by the shelter that will be in the theatre lobby on show day. Every item helps!

Look for one more pre-show post tomorrow (a really special one!) and then…Sunday is show day! (EEEK!) We hope to see you then!

Marianne May 3, 2013 at 7:15 am

You guys are like the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon of the blogosphere. Hilarious.

And yes. I feel sufficiently loved and special. You raised me well.

xoxo Mar

Melisa May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

Ooh, I like that testimonial. Help me figure out where we can use that!!! 🙂
(and thank you.)

Love you guys!

Tracey May 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I call dibs on being Matt Damon. Ben kinda weirds me out.

RoiAnn May 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

You’re darn funny ladies – and yes, I feel the love! 🙂

Melisa May 3, 2013 at 9:59 am


Tracey May 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm


Vikki May 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

When the Wind Beneath My Wings/Whitney reference happened – I was all “THAT WAS BETTE MIDLER!” So happy to this that it was clarified! Good luck you guys!

Melisa May 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thanks so much, Vikki! (and yeah, *I* am the one who made the pre-show playlist. heh.)

Tracey May 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Blah blah blah. Mock me, go ahead and mock me. Her pre-show list this year is WAY better than last year’s. I actually know 85% of the songs!!

Melisa May 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Yay! haha, I really am glad about that. 🙂

Jenny May 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I love you ladies! Tracey, you need to go up to Wisconsin and let my husband and I give you a music appreciation lesson.

Tracey May 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Oh, I know music. I just don’t know HER music. Scissor Sisters? Something like that? What the what now?

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