1 September 2014 BACK IN THE USA I must say I have had the post-Italy blues for a few days when I got back to New York, but that has now faded away into the awe I feel living in New York City. It is home for sure, and it’s actually nice to unpack and re-engage into life in the MiG Apple. In the one week that I’ve been back, much has happened. I gigged with the incredible Kevin Haden (@KevinHaden) and the irrepressible Mike Clifford (@MCliffordmusic) in upstate New York, and have shot and directed a video for Rodney Syaranamual for his RAWR Burlesque Fitness Routines. I hope you got a chance to see my ALS video (so you can stop nominating me hahaha!!!) and hopefully you were able to donate to the ALS foundation too. Well done to all of you who iced and donated!! I must bring attention to this next gig: I will be singing with Joey Albert, The Hotdog Band, and the Filharmonic Band at the Breslin Theater, Felician College on 21 September, to raise money for the Assumption School in Passi, Iloilo, Philippines, which was damaged badly by Typhoon Yolanda last year. Not only am I excited about performing with some legendary Filipino artists, it is a great cause that will directly help restore a community that badly needs help. I hope you can join us. Maraming Salamat! xxx
25 August 2014 HOW SWEDE IT IS... Arrivederci Italia!! What a wonderful way to get to know you. I will miss you so much!!! On my way back to NY via Stockholm. I'm a MiG. My life is a plane.
Florence has my name all over it!
The spectacular walled fortress of Pitigliano at night
MiG and the Pantheon, complete with a Roman Centurian photo bomber
Simon Sayer, Hannah Jane Fox and MiG, slumming it in Ibiza
31 July 2014 Last night I was again inspired to be doing what I'm doing. I experienced ONCE on Broadway. It was an emotional roller coaster, told through incredible performances, beautiful music, creative staging and unparalleled artistry. I again, am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community that brings such beautiful extraordinary elements to our world. I thoroughly recommend, ONCE. GO SEE IT! X
MADISON SQUARE GARDENS:
MiG, back in the USA in Cape May, New Jersey
My life is a plane. I'm a MiG.
One of these things is not like the other…MiG and some of the Kiwi Kids at the "Orphans’ Picnic”
John D. Collins and MiG make true their jump pact at SKYJUMP, at Auckland’s Sky Tower
MiG makes a new tall friend
30 June 2014 Final week of shows. 8 more Roosters. 8 more ANNIES. We are in the home stretch of this tour. I am counting down sadly to the time when this magical tour will come to an end. Hope you can see it before we have our final curtain...
ANNIE lights up the Civic for its final week...
The WWRY poster sitting proudly side-stage amongst the shows that have graced the Civic Theatre
MiG jumps off another bridge…into Auckland Harbour
Life is an airplane. I am MiG.
Goodbye Auckland, let's go to NYC...via Brisbane!!
Some of the Auckland ‘Orphans’ get ready to watch the dress rehearsal at the majestic Civic Theatre, watched over by a golden lion…
The scene outside the Civic Theatre last night as the Fire Department responded to our smoking hot show!
A ‘ROOSTER’ selfie
Meet Clyde: our newest SANDY
The Auckland Orphans show us what they got at rehearsals at Auckland’s City Hall
Joe Connors, Rachel Stanley, Chris Kayson and MiG enjoy jet boating the Huka Falls Rapids near Lake Taupo. Thank you Rapids Jet!! Awesome!!! (www.rapidsjet.com)
Tania Rodger gives us ANNIE company the VIP treatment at the WETA WORKSHOP!!
MiG and seals (of the fur kind) at Red Rocks Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
The fly-tower at the St. James Theatre. Looks like even the fly-men are getting into the ANNIE spirit!
The 42nd Street Tram pulls out onto the stage for NYC…on with the show!
A ‘Rooster’ Selfie
30 May 2014 After a magnificent twelve year run, WE WILL ROCK YOU is playing for the last time at the Dominion Theatre in London, tonight. Performing that show at that theatre has been one of the highlights of my career, if not my life. I congratulate all of you performing tonight and to all those Bohemians and Yuppies, onstage, behind the scenes, to those millions of fans around the world, who have ever been a part of this phenomenon, I wish you a final ‘bow, and curtain call’ and may the show go on, and on, and on, and on…YOU ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS!!
The company of ANNIE salute you, WE WILL ROCK YOU! To those about to rock for the last time…xxx
Fiona with Ramble ‘SANDY’ backstage at the St. James Theatre, Wellington
MiG on stage as 'Rooster Hannigan'
One of these things is not like the other... Zoe Fifield, Amelia Walshe and Ilena Shadbolt pose with a Rooster
The ANNIE company on stage at the St. James Theatre, Wellington at the Sitzprobe
Emily Trebicki (Lily St. Regis) & MiG (Rooster Hannigan) backstage at the St. James Theatre
The Orphans and Miss Hannigan rehearse on the set of ANNIE
MiG, Scott Royle, Ilena Shadbolt, Helen Rymer, Chris Krayson, Emily Trebicki, Alex McMillan, Joe Connors and a couple of trolls outside the Weta Cave
The majestic St. James Theatre gets invaded by ANNIE
David McAlister (‘Oliver Warbucks’) hard at work at rehearsals
The Wellington Town Hall…ANNIE rehearsal HQ as the new and old generations collide!
Some of the cast of ANNIE visit the ‘Office’…
You know you’re in Wellington when…MiG & a giant Gollum at Wellington Airport. We are in Peter Jackson territory for sure!!
Cannot complain about the awesome QANTAS flight on the A380
Landing in Dubai
Wellington, here we come!!!
The UK contingent of the ANNIE company, on our last day of rehearsals in London
Alex McMillan, MiG and Emily Trebicki on the last day of ANNIE rehearsals in London
Alfie and MiG under the shadow of the majestic Tower Bridge
Billy and the gang enjoy a coolant in Manila…
MiG at ANDREW BROWN hairdressers, with Alfie photobombing...
The adults in full swing at ANNIE rehearsals
30 April 2014 Train strikes, lost wallets and grey skies could not dampen the mood in the rehearsal room. All systems go for ANNIE, now in its second week of rehearsals. Things are coming into place, and we're really starting to feel a synergy within the company.
Sue Hodge (aka 'Mimi Labonq' in ALLO' ALLO'!) and MiG at rehearsals
Geoff and Simone Sewell and MiG
Geoff Sewell leads the Incognito Artists
MiG, Ben Elton & Hannah Jane Fox after THE SHOW MUST GO ON performance
Brother & Sister Act: Su Pollard (Miss Hannigan) with MiG (Rooster)
MiG with Steven Berkoff at THE SHOW MUST GO ON workshop in London
MiG and Dr. Brian May. THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
Mike Clifford, with Lucie Jones and MiG on the set of ‘Ballerina’
A still from Lucie Jones’ video of Scott Alan’s ‘AND THERE IT IS’
30 March 2014 So I'm off again! Just when I thought I'd stay put for a while...Nope! London for a little secret project first (wish I could tell you. I'm busting to say!!!) then start rehearsing for ANNIE. It's going to be a long trip. It's going to be an awesome trip....
This picture is not upside down. It's how I'm going to look in New Zealand
24 February 2014 A wintery jog this morning through Central Park this morning makes me appreciate how beautiful life can be sometimes. Even finding my bike wheel stolen after hanging out with good friends last night at ROCK OF AGES could not dampen my spirits. A busy day awaits…x
MiG in Central Park, New York City
MiG at Lady Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney
What a brilliant night! The City of Joondalup put on such a spectacle, and treated us like royalty! They put these FREE concerts on every year…what a gift to the people of Joondalup, and the people of Joondalup were such a gift to US! Tonight we play the Perth Convention Centre. BRING IT ON PERTH!! THE SHOW MUST GO ON….xxxx
MiG on stage at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
This gig never gets old! I cannot wait to rock the Bennelong with the Sydney Symphony!! We are rehearsing with the orchestra for the first time today. It’s all a bit of a dream really! Living the dream...
4 February 2014 I am loving being back in Sydney rehearsing at the Opera House...pinch me, I must be dreaming! And reunited with old friends, and it feels so good...
26 January 2014 "I've been to cities that never close down, From New York, to Rio, to old London town, But no matter how far, Or how wide I roam, I still call Australia home..." - Peter Allen Happy Australia Day maaaaaates!! See you Down Under bloody soon!! Xxx
The view from my window today, in New York City
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