Greetings. My name is Jordon Hensley and to say I am entertainment buff is an understatement. My life has been spent surrounded by film, music, and theatre. Since entering the work force in high school, my entire resume has been in and around the arts. I began volunteering in my school library when I was in seventh grade and that continued until I graduated high school six years later. During that time in my life, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be than surrounded by the volumes that lined the shelves and offered their contents to me. I then became a DJ on the local AM station in my hometown of Hohenwald, TN and spent my evenings hosting Flashbacks with Jammin’ Jordon: The Absolute Best of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s. Although the title may have been corny, playing the absolute greatest musical artists of the American songbook was such a thrill. During my senior year in high school, I began my love affair with the theatre. Of course, I had always loved live theatre. Some of my earliest memories are my mom taking me to see productions of Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off, and Oliver! when I was a kid. There is no greater feeling than passionate performers pouring out their souls on stage live in front of you. However, my first taste of working in the theatre was when I stepped out of my comfort zone to play Jonathan Brewster in my local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. I was so apprehensive taking on such a massive role, but when I heard the thunderous applause on opening night, I knew I was hooked. The theatre bug continued (and grew) when I relocated to Connecticut in 2010. I quickly got involved in the local theatre group, Curtain Call, in Stamford, CT, of which I am still a member today.
Since my move to CT, I have become an even more avid theatre goer. In the four years since I’ve moved, I have seen well over fifty Broadway shows (and counting). There are few things that I cherish more than my Broadway memories. Seeing the late, great Elaine Stritch own the stage in A Little Night Music, hearing Elaine Paige belt I’m Still Here inFollies, or seeing Tyne Daly’s tour de force performance in Master Class are just a handful of magical moments I have witnessed inside a Broadway theatre. I am extremely thankful to have moved to what is, arguably, the arts Mecca of the United States. Besides the wonderful theatre I am able to experience weekly, living in the Northeast has given me opportunities to see some of the greatest singers ever perform live. Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and Diana Ross are just some of the phenomenal artists I have been able to see perform live in concert in the last four years.
My most recent jump into the arts community is by obtaining my first full time job at All Shows, New York’s Ticket Source since 1989. It has been such a privilege to spend my days interacting with the arts by making sure that those who want to see shows and concerts are able to get there. That brings me to the purpose of this blog.
This blog, On The Marquee, will be a place to discuss all types of cultural topics. From movies to music to theatre, I will touch on topics I find interesting and will be sharing my opinions of those things. Reviews will make up the majority of my postings but I’m sure an editorial or two will sneak in, as well. That’s all well and good, but what is my goal, right? Whenever I read a blog or see a friend has started one, the first question I ask myself is what is this person trying to accomplish (because we all have motives, right?) Well, what I want my readers to take away from my postings is some form of passionate reaction. The reason I have remained immersed in the arts for as long as I have is that the passion of the performers and creators ignites a fire within me to work harder, love stronger, and just be a better person. I hope that some of the passion that I have been given can come across in my writings and ignite a fire in you to search out that passion of yourself. I promise your life will be better for it.