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33 Things That Make Touring Performers Very, Very Happy.

In the past 9 months I’ve been on the road with a traveling theatrical production that has taken me to 73 cities, 20 states and quite accurately a bazillion hotel rooms. While touring may be a grueling, quick-paced environment, it also has the power to instill in a traveler a sense of gratitude for little things, “normal people” may take for granted. Here is my year’s compilation of some very tiny and some very spectacular things that keep a touring performer touring…and sane.  

1. Hotel rooms with kitchens

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"Just call me Ina Garten"

2. Experiencing famous regional fast-food chains for the first time  

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"They put what on their fries? I’m down."

3. When really important people come to see your show

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4. Swing seats on the bus  

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"I will use ALL the leg space!"

5. Hotel massage-bar soap

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"I deserve this."

6. Hotel rooms with a view

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7. Being a tourist  

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8. Hanging with the band

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What’s up, Kevin!

9. Having a rental car for the week

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"We are like normal people"

10. Skype sessions with loved ones

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11. Family members seeing your show…then taking you out to dinner

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12. When a fellow performer gets a new piece of clothing  

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#NTT

13. Avant-garde gas station decor  

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14. New flavor additions to the coffee box

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15. Staying long enough in a city to actually use the closet

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16. Finding a couch to nap on during 2-show daysimage

"Booked it!"

17. Hipster coffee shops

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"So, tell me a little bit about your pour-over options."

18. Finding someone else on tour who is just as invested in your favorite TV show as you are

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"DONT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE. I HAVENT CAUGHT UP YET!!!"

19. Golden Days

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"Pardon me, where is the bar located?", says the entire company.

20. Seeing other shows

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It was awesome, btw.

21. Adding new states to your list

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22. When someone lets you stop and play with their dogs on the street

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23. Press days  

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"Yeah, we’re pretty much celebrities"

24. Homemade baked goods

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"Cupcakes in the green room…never mind, they’re gone."

25. Signing autographs for little kids

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"I was just like you, pretty much yesterday!"

26. Weird gas station cuisine

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"Heather, what are you eating?"

"Truck-stop dehydrated Lasagna."

"Oh. Is it any good?"

27. Playing “haunted” theaters

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"A dark figure just passed by the gondolas!!"

"That was an electrician."

28. Mail!

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Instant happiness

29. Seeing your friend’s name on a wall tag

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"HEY! EVERYONE! LOOK! IT’S MY FRIEND!! LOOK!!!"

30. Playing beautiful venues

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31. Seeing your show advertised on a new marquee  

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"Hey, that’s us!"

32. A travel buddy you can rest comfortably with  

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33. Playing a show in your hometown

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This is, hands-down, the best.