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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 and quick-paced lifestyle, 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

    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

    7. Being a tourist

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    "Guess I'll go check out that national landmark with my free time today."

    8. Hanging with the band

    9. Having a rental car for the week

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    "We are like normal people"

    10. Skype sessions with loved ones

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

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

    13. Avant-garde gas station decor

    14. New flavor additions to the coffee box

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

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

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    "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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    "DON'T TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON GAME OF THRONES LAST NIGHT! I HAVEN'T 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

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

    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…aaaand they’re gone."

    25. Signing autographs for young performers

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    "I was literally you."

    26. Weird gas station cuisine

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    "What are you eating?"

    "Dehydrated truck-stop 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

    31. Spotting your show on a new marquee

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    "Hey, that’s us!"

    32. A travel buddy you can rest comfortably with

    33. Playing a show in your hometown

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    This is, hands-down, the best.

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