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As I mentioned in my previous post, our director John Nasca and Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, who plays my mum in the show, have both been nominated for Broadway World Chicago awards.

John Nasca is nominated for Best Costume Design (Resident Non-Equity) for his work on Reefer Madness at Circle Theatre.

Michelle McKenzie-Voigt is nominated for Best Actress in a Play (Resident Non-Equity) for her performance as Sissy in Sordid Lives at Ludicrous Theatre Company.

Please take a moment and click in the image above which will take you to the voting website. There are a bunch of categories to get through, but you don’t have to vote in each one. (Please note that you can vote only once per e-mail address.) I know they – and I – would certainly appreciate your voting for them!

I am off to memorize more lines. Until next time, have a beautiful day!


It has been a while since I had my headshot taken, so I thought I would get a fresh one for this show.

Please let me know which one you like.  Which one should I use in the playbill?

Have a beautiful weekend!

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(Photo Credit: Brian McConkey Photography)

This past Tuesday, I attended Simply Sensational 2, a benefit for Pride Films and Plays, which is co-producing Beautiful Thing with Glitterati Productions.  Simply Sensational 2 was just that: simply sensational.

After an open bar reception in the lobby at Stage 773, we were moved into the performance space where some of Chicago’s best talent took the stage.  Cast members of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Avenue Q, Sunday in the Park with George, and Smokey Joe’s Café all performed a number from their show.  The stand-out performer of the night, in my opinion, was Heidi Kettenring from Chicago Shakespeare’s Jeff-recommended production of Sunday in the Park with George. Kettenring’s voice and stage presence was just amazing.

I always get excited when I am asked to attend a theatre event, for charity or otherwise.  Due to the nature of the theatre industry with people either rehearsing or performing in a show, I don’t get a chance to attend many theatre events.  So I was glad I had the chance to catch up with the many actors, designers, and stage managers whom I don’t get to see often enough.

I had planned to post a bunch of photos from the event, but most of them turned out really blurry.  Next time I will bring a better camera.

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

I had the great pleasure of volunteering for the NOH8 campaign a few months ago when it stopped in Chicago. My photo was just posted on their website and I wanted to share it with all of you.

One of the reasons I’m excited to be a part of this production is because the show is about loving people the way they are, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Click on my photo for more information about the NOH8 campaign. Until next time, have a beautiful day!


Hiya, my name is Robert and I will be playing the role of Jamie in the 20th Anniversary production of Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey. On his blog I will give you an exclusive backstage glimpse of the happenings of Beautiful Thing. Here I will post photos, videos and cast updates throughout the rehearsal process and during the run of the show.
Come round tomorrow for a list of who is in the cast. Until then, have a beautiful day!