“Marathon” of “9 to 5” Opening, Frolic on Franklin and 30th Anniversary Gala

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 28, 2012

Dr. Bill Grabenstein said that the Roxy’s season opener — “9 to 5: The Musical”” — Frolic on Franklin, and the 30th Anniversary Gala should be prepared for as you might when running a marathon. And, as always, Dr. Bill was right.

I had those three hurdles, each one higher than the last, to leap before my knee surgery. We got home at midnight after Friday night’s “9 to 5” preview, were up and in gear at 4:30am on Saturday, and not back home until after Frolic and the Gala at 1:00am on Sunday.

Needless to say, we slept in until 10:00am on Sunday. I haven’t slept in that late since my days in New York, closing a restaurant at 3:00am. If success is measured in lack of sleep, then “9 to 5,” Frolic on Franklin, and the 30th Anniversary Gala were a whopping success.

On Sunday, we came in to sort through the chaos, separating the art from the trash, the tablecloths from the clutter, and the wine glasses from the empty wine bottles.

Then on Monday, it was up and at ‘em to be at T.O.A. (Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance, www.toa.com) to be worked on at 6:15am. I was (as I’m told everyone is) treated like royalty. I was asked my name, date of birth, and what procedure I was having by over a dozen attendants, aides, nurses and doctors. I knew this repeated quiz was to double-check for accuracy and to assure my ultimate care and speedy recovery. Everyone who spoke to me had been to, seen some, liked one, or (more to my liking) liked me in one of my performances.

Dr. Kurtis Kowalski greeted me, re-explained what he was going to do, marked my left knee with a felt-tip pen and, thanks to Dr. Gary Mund, I was out like a light. An hour or so later, I was groggily coming to.

The walker, cane and crutches I was told to bring were not needed. I made my way up the steps to my home unaided. After a required pain pill and a nap, I was up and about on Monday, if a little like Walter Brennan, washing dozens of wine glasses from the Gala and catching up on loose ends which, fortunately, could only be done while recovering at home.

I am now back to my daily yoga routine at NBalance. Keith and Beth Norris have opened up a new state-of-the-art and immaculate yoga studio on Madison Street near Walgreens (www.nbalanceyoga.com). Yoga has helped my recovery and my mood, starting my day off on the (forgive the pun) right foot.

The Dolly Parton musical “9 to 5” continues Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a dinner and theatre combo at Edward’s Steakhouse on Saturday at 6pm for a $45 ticket price.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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