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Hi Dan,

LOVED THIS!

Thanks for finding us and sharing this detailed post about Eric's visit. It was a most enjoyable read!

I wish the news would find more time to feature (in a bit more length) the good that takes place when a famous person (or anybody for that fact) gives back to their community. That's why your post Dan, let us be "right there " in the room on that day and we can now picture what the cameras may have captured, but the producer of the story could not (most likely because of time restraints) show. Such a pity.

To me, an uplifting story that may touch one or even several lives, trumps many, many other stories by far!

Thanks again! smile

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Wow, what kind feedback from everyone here! This seems like a great online community you've got going.

If I could figure out how to post photos here I would share them and other tidbits about the visit, but I'm afraid right clicking 'copy' and then trying to paste in the body of this message box is not working for me. I've got some great photos if I could only figure out how to share them.

Also, Wendy-Ann, for what it's worth, the cameraman from Channel 5 took tons of footage, and asked Eric a number of questions in the private hallway interview, but he warned us that "This is sweeps week, so there's going to be a lot of 'investigative reporting' stories running, and they're going to edit this way down." He also said he hoped that the online version of the story would feature more content, but I'm afraid that did not happen.

Finally, there's a special surprise coming when Eric attends the show this weekend, I'll fill you all in next week after it goes down, it's nothing huge, just a nice touch.

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Also, Wendy-Ann, for what it's worth, the cameraman from Channel 5 took tons of footage, and asked Eric a number of questions in the private hallway interview, but he warned us that "This is sweeps week, so there's going to be a lot of 'investigative reporting' stories running, and they're going to edit this way down." He also said he hoped that the online version of the story would feature more content, but I'm afraid that did not happen.

Yep...your post was “case in point.â€

"Investigative reporting" stories rather than a hometown boy who makes it big and still can remember his roots by giving to others in his community. *sigh* I can just imagine what was left on the “proverbial†editing room floor to make way for some “Geraldo Rivera†story that has been regurgitated ad nauseum many times before.

But I digress...

Anyway, break a leg this weekend, Dan!

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I don't get to post often enough but I want to thank you for telling us the songs that Eric sang that afternoon. (after all it was me who had asked smile )

Also it was kind of you to take the time to give us more of the details, which was very interesting for me to read.

Now you have many of us looking forward to the next surprise!

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What a fun afternoon! I get to watch the final student matinee performance of "Footloose," with the Cleveland kids playing to a sold out house in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, and when I get back to the office my phone rings.

"Hello, this is Daniel."

"Hi Dan, Eric Carmen. Listen..."

And then he asks me for a favor. So now I'm gonna go do a favor for Mr. Carmen.

If anybody's in Cleveland this weekend, check out the show Saturday night. You won't be disappointed. Just Google "footloose calendar all city" and you'll see the Great Lakes Theater link to get tickets.

Otherwise, I'll fill you in next week.

Cheers!

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Hi Dan,

My motto, (having been in PR and Marketing) is --- "Always do for the public what they might be too lazy to do for themselves."

So, on that note:

https://www.greatlakestheater.org/calendar/2012/06/footloose-all-city

Show Dates/Times

Friday, June 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 3 @ 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: General Admission $15

Order online at the link below.

Call 216.241.6000.

Visit the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office.

Where

Ohio Theare, PlayhouseSquare

1519 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

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So now I'm gonna go do a favor for Mr. Carmen.

If anybody's in Cleveland this weekend, check out the show Saturday night. You won't be disappointed. Just Google "footloose calendar all city" and you'll see the Great Lakes Theater link to get tickets.

Otherwise, I'll fill you in next week.

Cheers!

Sounds like you are very excited about this Dan! And I for one look forward to your post next week. Thanks again for taking the time and coming on board and sharing. smile

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So last Friday, Mr. Carmen calls me and asks if he can be seated near the stage. All of the tickets for "Footloose" were general admission, meaning first come, first served, sit wherever you like, but he was bringing six people in his family, and also had a suprise up his sleeve that was shared with me.

So I printed up six "reserved for EC and family" seat signs and had them put in the front row, on the house right aisle. These are terrific seats, not only near the stage but also right there in front of the incredible pit orchestra band, who rocked the house.

The night of the show, our play's director was doing a welcoming speech to greet the audience, and he gave a warm welcome to Mr. Carmen. Then the show began. It was a great performance that night, the kids were so excited to have him in their audience.

Then came the second act, and then the curtain call. The audience leapt to their feet, and then EC was quickly ushered up on stage, where he presented a boquet of flowers to the leading lady who had earlier sung "Almost Paradise."

When some people ask for seats near the front, towards the stage, you know what their reasons are. But when it's Mr. Carmen, it's so he can quickly slip up there to give flowers to the kids after the show.

Class. Act.

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Then came the second act, and then the curtain call. The audience leapt to their feet, and then EC was quickly ushered up on stage, where he presented a boquet of flowers to the leading lady who had earlier sung "Almost Paradise."

How come I'm not surprised? "Verrah" classy, indeed. Thanks for sharing, Dan. smile

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