This is pretty much my own personal, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter, except the letter is accompanied by Santa Claus actually appearing behind me and giving me a bear hug before bringing my childhood pets back from the dead. Read as: this is pretty much my favorite thing ever, in my life, period.
Fame: The Musical has talent to spareWith one of the best voices of the night, Gabriel Brown gives a show-stopping performance with “Try”. Along with Michelle Creber and Erik Gow the trio make for a very credible rock band. That they also play their own instruments adds to the authenticity of their characters; Brown plays the piano, Creber is one mean drummer (and plays piano), and Gow is as comfortable on both piano and electric violin.
In addition to the anthemic title song, the show features some other good musical numbers. And whether in solos, duos or ensemble, the talented cast delivers with style… the three kids who put together a band—Erik Gow (Schlomo), Michelle Creber (Lambchops) and Gabriel Brown (Goody)—do some terrific work.I started acting in the 1960s at a college in New York where half the kids in the drama program had gone to Fame High. They were an impressively talented group, but no more so than this wonderful Vancouver cast of FAME.
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
This is to certify that the Secretary of the Navy has awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold star in lieu of third award) to Musician Third Class Gabriel C. Brown, United States Navy for Professional Achievement while serving as Vocalist/Entertainer and Electrical Petty Officer for Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet Band from January 2011 to October 2013. A superb vocalist, Petty Officer Brown performed 302 high-visibility engagements throughout the Seventh Fleet Aria of Responsibility for audiences exceeding 2 Million in support of Comseventhflt’s Theater Security Cooperation Mission. Demonstrating exceptional versatility, He performed in ten different languages which greatly enhanced rapport with host nation audiences. As Electrical Petty Officer, he was in charge of securing reliable power under the myriad of challenging conditions often pressured throughout the developing world. Petty Officer Brown’s managerial Ability, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Given this Seventh Day of October 2013