I’m off to Detroit today!

Submitted by Allee Willis April 3rd, 2011
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Here’s where I’ll be this coming weekend conducting the bows music to my musical, The Color Purple, and then on Saturday morning from 11-12:30 sharp conducting my high school marching band playing a medley of my greatest hits in the GORRRRRGEOUS lobby of the historic Fox Theatre with the cast of The Color Purple singing along.  I don’t read music (despite writing all we’re playing), and just imagine what the 60 piece Mumford marching band, 20 member pom pom squad, 25 member Color Purple cast, me and 250 attendees singing along will sound like in here… To kitsch!


My postings may be erratic this week as I’m shooting the whole week as a documentary.  I’m also the closing keynote speaker at the Rust Belt To Arts Belt conference about the rejuvenation of Detroit on Thursday. http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/about/. I’m making numerous trips to my high school, going on a lot of tours of the kitschiest places in the city, seeing high school and grade school friends, attending three performances of  The Color Purple, and did I mention that my family planned my aunt’s memorial right smack dab in the middle of the day of my marching band performance and two performances of the show??!

Hopefully I’ll be posting little travelogues daily but no promises to what condition my brain will be in at the end of each day. I will for sure though be posting your beautiful submissions faithfully every day.

Off to Detroit!

9 Responses to “I’m off to Detroit today!”

  1. denny

    Safe travels Allee! See you thursday!

    We already know the condition of your brain as the mayhem started the day the planning started.

    Happy to be a part of this.

    Go Mumford!

  2. Douglas Wood

    Have a great trip and good timing– you’re arriving a day AFTER Charlie Sheen’s premiere performance of his one-man-show tour, in Detroit. Apparently it was a huge debacle.

    • BeeJay

      Douglas, I´ve seen clips of his show and thought good Allee comes next to remove the bad karma from this wonderful place, his performance was just awful.

      Allee, sending loads of good luck your way!! GO MUMFORD!!

  3. Lisa

    Hey Allee, it was really great meeting you on our flight from Burbank to Dallas, you made the trip alot of fun! Hope this big event went very well, I look forward to your postings!

    • Allee Willis

      Lisa, So glad to see you here! Event isn’t until Saturday, though had a FANTASTIC rehearsal yesterday. Racing off to press interview but so happy you joined AWMOK!! It’s a big, fat happy pill.