Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mario Cantone and 'Going for Good' charity program- Antonio

Mario Cantone unveiled celebrity designed toilet seats this morning at the Charmin Restrooms. People who come by the restrooms are now “Going for Good” as Charmin is donating $1 per flush (up to $50,000) to five different charities chosen by the same celebs that decorated the seats. OK. That’s the scoop, now here’s the deal.

Mario Cantone and I both went to Emerson College in Boston, so I was ‘totes’ excited to meet him. His energetic self was really nice and high-larious even in casual conversation. Of course I mentioned Emerson! There’s a thing about Emerson…it’s a really small, concentrated school that has changed a lot in the past 25 years, so alumni have this instant reaction to talk about the campus and departmental variations. We compared stories and he almost instantly asked if I took a class with Leo. If you were at all involved in musical theater it is inevitable to speak about the legendary Leo Nickole, his History of the American Musical course, and his antics.

After watching him in Sex and the City on screen and Assassins on Broadway, meeting fellow alum Mario Cantone was awesome. He even played Chino in West Side Story (which I am always called in for)!!!! We chatted it up a bit, then it was time to work.

The toilet seats were unveiled, the ‘Going for Good’ program was introduced, pictures, interviews, etc… Here’s how it goes: Mario Cantone, Mario Lopez, Sherri Shepherd, Martina McBride and us, The GO Team. Everyone chose a charity- Mario’s is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (one of my favorite charities). The Go Team chose Angels in Waiting, a group who focuses on the safety and halth of foster children, orphans, and ‘preemies’. ( Charmin will donate up to $10,000 to each charity by December 31st.

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