Monday, March 5, 2012
Two weeks ago, I performed at an American Heart Association benefit at The Rio Hotel. It was kind of a warm up for the big gala that will happening in May that I will also be performing at.
A few days later, I performed at the Funny Boned event at The Palms Hotel with Sammy Shore, George Wallace, Vinnie Favorito, Zowie Bowie, Doug Starks and a host of other celebs. It was a fund raiser for the Animal Rescue Shelter in Las Vegas. It's always a blast and one of my favorite events to perform at.
Last Tuesday, Randi Zuckerberg (yes, sister of the famous Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg) watched my show to celebrate her 30th birthday and then joined me on stage to sing 'Summertime!' It was a lot of fun. She's a good singer, too!
Just today, I appeared on KTNV Channel 13 in Las Vegas, with news anchor Lisa Remillard. She interviewed me about my show and I did a little performance, live on the air. I love my Channel 13 peeps!
I'm getting ready for another show, tomorrow night. Constantly making changes and keeping the show fresh. You never know what you're gonna get when you come to my show!
Don't forget: you can go to: http://www.wix.com/rickatthepalms/tuedays# to check out the latest news on me and my show and also to purchase tickets!
I hope to see you all soon around Las Vegas, son. Thanks for the continued support!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Hope to see some of you folks on one of these Tuesday nights!
Things have been busy in Faugno-land, lately. Auditions, press events, red carpets, shows, dinners, meetings, shows and on and on and on. It's been great having Joyce with me through this crazy new journey. I don't know what I'd do without her!
I hope to see you all at my show sometime very soon.
Thanks for your support!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Well, it has been quite some time since I last updated my blog! I figured that it was high time that I bring you up to speed on some things that have been going on min my life over the past year and a half.
First of all, 'Virgin Alexander' did extremely well in the film festival circuit this past year. It won no less than 8 awards and yours truly won the award for "Best Performance" at the Orlando Film Festival! Pretty cool!
In October of last year, I officially left 'Jersey Boys' and went off to do my own solo projects. I debuted my one man show 'Body & Soul' at the Las Vegas Hilton last August and played there every Friday night for 5 months.
As of last night, January 17th, I began my new show 'Rick Faugno' at the Palms Hotel! I am very excited about performing in this fabulous venue and to be keeping Classic Las Vegas alive! I'm there every Tuesday night at 9!
My wife, Joyce Chittick, is currently working on the Berry Gordy Motown musical project in New York, for two weeks. We were finally reunited in October after having been apart for 9 months, while she was performing in 'Anything Goes' on Broadway! It's been a long time coming, but we are now living together in our new home and it feels great! She will soon be joining me on stage in my show at the Palms. It will be a real treat!
I will be keeping my blog updated on a regular basis and letting you fine people know what the latest news is with my endeavors, here in fabulous Las Vegas!
Talk to you soon!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Hey, guys! Well, it's official: 'Virgin Alexander' is finished filming and will soon be entering the editing process! I'm sorry I haven't blogged until now, but the last few days on the set were pretty busy and I flew right back to Vegas the day after we finished filming.
I have to say, it was pretty sad, doing the last day of shooting for the film. We were at this beautiful bank on Broadway Avenue (the same Broadway that runs through NYC). As each scene was finished, another character was 'wrapped' from filming: My friend in the movie 'Clif', played by Patrick Zeller, my nemesis 'Bim', played by Bronson Pinchot and of course my co-star 'Ruby' played by Paige Howard. It was pretty emotional, as each of us knew that we had no more scenes to film together and this great experience was coming to an end.
Eventually, I was the last one left. My last shot was that of me running down the street and into the bank, trying to get to an appointment on time. On the very last take, I knew, right after I had finished, that we would not be doing another one. As I entered the bank, I knew that I had just completed my first lead role in a feature film. It was sad and joyful at the same time. When I came back outside, our co-director, Sean Fallon, announced that that was a wrap for Rick Faugno and a wrap for 'Virgin Alexander.' Everyone began to applaud and hugs and pictures happened all around. It was really a great feeling; especially, to be on a busy street where all kinds of strangers were sharing in this moment that we had been working towards for three weeks.
That night (this past Saturday) we all went to a bar and celebrated. I realized that I had developed some wonderful friendships that I hope will last for a long time to come. I know three weeks doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're doing 12 hour days with the same people, day after day, you inevitably establish bonds. In this particular case, we were all lucky enough to have fabulous people in every respect. I think that we all knew that we were a part of something special and that we were all just along for the ride. There was a sense of team spirit that you don't always encounter in this business. No one was out for themselves. We were dedicated to making this a great movie; and I would like to think that we have succeeded in doing so.
Returning to Jersey Boys last night was quite a transition. I finished the film on Saturday evening, celebrated with our cast and crew and then Joyce and I got on a 7AM flight from Albany to Newark. From there, we took a 9 o'clock flight to Vegas and arrived at 11:30. We got back home around 1, unpacked, rested a bit and then I started my warm up for the show. It was a 24 hour turn-around unlike any other I have experienced. To go from the introverted kind of character I was playing for three weeks and to go from the stillness and quietness of film, back to Frankie Valli and the loudness and broadness of live theatre, is a trip that no drug can give you. I had to remind myself that I wasn't on a movie set where no one would be calling 'Action!' or 'Cut!'. It made me realize how much I love both mediums, stage and film and that I want to continue doing both for as long as I can. You get something from one that you can't get from the other. Perhaps that was the reason I was back in Jersey Boys so quickly. It made me appreciate how much I enjoy performing on any level and in any element.
Ok, well, now that I'm back home, I have to actually go out and get things done, again, so that's what I'm gonna do right now! Thanks for reading my blog, the past three weeks and I will continue to update it when newsworthy things happen here, too!
P.S. The pics on top are of me and PJ in our infamous scrap hauling uniforms. I will post more pictures from the film when I get them.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Hello, folks! Well, we're in the home stretch, here in Saratoga. We have three more days of filming and then the editing process begins. I won't be editing anything, of course, but our directors, Charlotte and Sean, will be. Writing, directing and editing....I think that deserves an award in itself!
Bronson Pinchot arrived on July 4th, as I mentioned and he has been a lot of fun to have around. From the little that I've seen him do, I think you're really going to enjoy his performance. He's taking his character to a place that's just right for this movie. I can't wait to see people's reactions when they see him in this light! Also, he has some great show biz stories. It's fun to just sit around and listen to him talk about the people he's worked with. It's quite amazing.
The location this week has been primarily at a Mexican restaurant, just down the street from Alexander's house. It's a quaint little place, owned by a former jockey and his wife. Bronson's character, Bim, has recently changed the Mexican restaurant into a pizza place, which is a front for his prostitution ring. Need I really say more? Well, I could, but it's too good to give any more away.
Today, I was again wielding a baseball bat, only this time, I was running down the street with a whole group of people behind me. It's been around 100 degrees here, as of late and I was soaked instantly. It was really fun, though, to be running after the woman my character loves and to get to be the hero. It's a nice feeling.
On a side note: I had the day off from filming, yesterday and our host, Jim Doyle, took myself and Joyce and some other cast members to Stewart's Pond to go swimming. It's a tributary that flows into the Hudson River. It was absolutely spectacular. It was the most beautiful lake I've ever swam in. We swam maybe a quarter of a mile, from one side to the other, to do some rope swinging off of a huge platform. We then swam back to the side we started from and saw a bald eagle standing above its nest. Luckily, we got to see it through a telephoto lens that a photographer had, who just happened to be there at the same time we were. It was a really outstanding afternoon!
Alright, well, I'm off to bed for another big day of filming. I will keep you guys updated as we wrap things up.
Talk to you all soon!
P.S. The two shots above are of PJ in the interrogation room and me in the auditorium, getting ready to perform my piano piece. Ha! I can't believe I actually said "my piano piece."
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Hello, there, everyone! Happy 4th of July! Well, I'm going into my last week of filming, here in Saratoga Springs. It's been a fantastic two weeks and I can't wait to see how the third week will unfold.
Today, we had a really wonderful cookout, hosted by the inimitable Jim Doyle. He and his guys cooked an entire pig on a huge outdoor wood smoker. It was excellent. Joyce and I ate more than our share of food for the holiday. There was food coming from every angle and it was all so good that it was hard to stop eating. Everyone just chilled out on the big backyard lawn and tossed around frisbees and footballs, a little guitar strummin', and accordian playing, plus a little water fun with the slip and slide! We sure are enjoying the company and beautiful weather we're having in Saratoga. It's such a great place that we don't want to leave!
The last two days of filming have been very busy. It's amazing how fast this movie is coming together. Since I last wrote, we have been on location in many different places; Including: Alexander's house, as usual, an alley way outside a bar, inside a bar, a trolley stop, inside a trolley, a restaurant and of course, inside the good ol' dump truck (and on the outside, too, with me hanging off the side). The shots that we did with the truck on Saturday were done with a mounted camera. They attached it to the driver side door and we did the scenes as we drove. PJ did a great job driving. It's an old truck with a difficult stick, but he manages it really well. He was nervous about something happening to the camera and so was I, but the guys who hooked it up know what they're doing. I had the best time when I was hanging off of the passenger side door, staring in at the girls inside the cab. I don't think it gets much cooler than that!
Also, on Friday, I got to wield a bat around and cause some destruction. In addition to having an emotional scene, I was on top of a junk pile, while hitting and kicking the junk that I was walking on. In a way, I felt like a kid again, except that I was beating up my toys. I also got to hit a porch fence with the bat and kick it until it broke. God, life is good! I won't give anything away, but this point in the story is very critical for my character and he is at his lowest point before he decides to make a decision to act. It was a pretty satisfying moment, as an actor.
This week, we start filming with Bronson Pinchot. He arrived today and couldn't be nicer. I'm looking forward to working with him, this week. He's a very talented actor and I'm interested to see what he brings to his character. I know it will be good, whatever it is.
Alright, well, it's time for me to call it a day. I hope you all had a great 4th. Talk to you later!