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Remember Roseland?

It was anything you needed it to be and everything you wanted it to be. I still can’t believe it’s gone.

My first time at Roseland was in 2009 – the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market was, I believe for the first and only time, moved indoors due to a TON of rain. That much I remember. It was madness and swamped (not to mention swampy) and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I am so glad I got to experience the Plan B.

I was still ignorant to its legendary status but I remember thinking how cool it was that I got to spend a whole day in this ballroom with the lights on. I hadn’t seen anything like it before. I was no stranger to the beautiful theatres at this point, but an honest to God Ballroom was foreign to me. It was the coolest.

Fade out. Fade In. I’m older and wiser and I am so, so, so grateful I got to be there. Granted I wasn’t there for Eartha Kitt’s 65th Birthday party, but let’s not split hairs. (But can you IMAGINE?!) It’s no news that she’s a legend of the highest order. May we all live as loudly.

Inspired by a photo by the legendary Ron Galella, 1992.

Oh. Ps. I drew this in black, but I’m kind of digging the White “ink” on this one.