Andres Tardio(NEW YORK) — One California man surprised his now-fiancé by proposing during their family’s Easter egg hunt with a Fabergé egg.Letty Martinez had no idea that the Easter party she was planning for her family would actually turn out to be the perfect setting for a proposal.“To my left, there’s a petting zoo with bunnies, then there’s a gentleman dressed as a bunny … and 30 to 40 feet away from me is a mariachi band,” future groom Jorge Penithe told ABC News.Martinez, 30, said she had no idea a proposal was on the horizon since she had planned the festivities.“I was just so busy with that and making sure everyone had a good time,” she added.Looking back on the day, Martinez said, now it makes sense that Penithe, who’s the road manager for rapper Nipsey Hussle, kept adding more friends and family to the guest list.“I was like, ‘Dude! Now I have to go all out,’” she recalled, adding that there were at least 50 people in their backyard in San Gabriel, California.Penithe called the afternoon “fun, organized chaos.”Martinez was busy kicking off the Easter egg hunt for all of the children, handing out Easter-themed headbands that featured bunny ears.“My boyfriend, and our newborn [also named Jorge], came up to me and he said, ‘Look, we found this gold egg,’” she recalled. “He said, ‘Here! Open it. And then I knew what was happening.’”Penithe, also 30, said it was important for his 12-year-old step-son, and the rest of his family, to witness his proposal.“As a man of the household… our sons look to me to get the blueprint. I have to practice what I preach,” he said.Martinez explained the proposal couldn’t have been any more perfect although it was a bit out of character for her normally “mellow” partner.“It was going outside of his character… so I was really grateful he gave me that moment,” she added.“And the Fabergé egg was a perfect vessel for the announcement,” Penithe said. “The most important thing is she loves it.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Tony-nominated A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder star Lauren Worsham will hang up her (very, very elaborate) hat on October 26, when she plays her final performance as Phoebe in the Tony-winning musical. As Worsham says farewell to her Broadway family at the Walter Kerr Theatre, she looks back on her “surreal and hilarious” run in A Gentleman’s Guide. What was the highlight of your time at this job? Meeting so many wonderful people. I love all of my co-workers so much. I also loved watching the show and its creators win so many awards! How did you feel when you first got the job? It felt surreal. I had been working so long in order to get to Broadway but along the way I veered into a different career path and thought maybe Broadway would never be interested. Mostly, it was a wonderful surprise! What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Surreal, hilarious, marathon. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Perseverance, calm in the storm and perspective plus a high soprano voice and killer comic timing. Catherine Walker, the new Phoebe, possesses all these in spades! What was the hardest thing? Balancing work and home life, missing dinner, constant vocal vigilance (no caffeine, alcohol, dairy, no yelling, complete vocal rest during busy weeks, etc.) while also trying not to say no to many extracurricular gigs like my band and other charity concerts. How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? I’ve learned boatloads about my limits as a singer and as a human. My voice has grown and my technique has become much more relaxed. I’ve learned there is a BIG difference between doing a show for three months versus twelve. View Comments How do you feel now that you’re leaving? I feel 100% bittersweet. I’m very excited about all my upcoming projects and about getting to spend more time with my family, but I am also very sad to leave my Walter Kerr family behind. You spend so much time together over a year and develop very strong bonds. I know I won’t see them all every day. If I’m lucky, once every few months, but maybe not for years. That’s heartbreaking. I’ll also miss the routine and ritual plus the gorgeous costumes and beautiful music. It feels like moving to a new city. Exciting, but sad and nostalgic. I’ll miss Phoebe too. Related Shows Why are you leaving? I have so many diverse gigs coming up that it just didn’t make sense to stay timing-wise, but it was a very hard decision to make. Before the end of year I have nine concerts including Showboat with the New York Philharmonic and Not the Messiah at Carnegie Hall, not to mention a few Sky-Pony gigs as well. Also, in the opera and classical world pieces are cast years in advance. A few of my upcoming projects in 2015 were in the books before I even auditioned for GGLAM! Also, I’m really looking forward to the small breaks where I can spend time with my husband who hasn’t really had dinner with his wife in over a year. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder What was the easiest thing about the job? The people. Every single person working at the Walter Kerr is an exemplary human and wonderful to be around. What advice would you give to future employees your position? One wrong note does not a performance make. It’s a marathon and not a sprint so keep the big picture in mind and have fun (the last part is easy). What will you miss most about the job? My family here, all the little show rituals, having a willing audience for my surplus of baked goods, having a second home in Times Square, the stunning clothes and being onstage with some of my most favorite people in the world. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016
This is shocking!Puppy Abortions.Did you know this was happening?!Fortunately the Greens have campaigned against aborting calves. But not children. Go figure.www.LoveThemBoth.nzwww.AbortionProcedures.nzwww.AbortionRegret.nz(Thanks to Choice42.com for permission to use their video clip)