John Cullum was the King in the musical, "The King and I," at Jones Beach, while I was making a comeback, out of town in South Africa and South America.
I was performing Mahler's Fifth Symphony, a 70 minute solo, "breaking it in" the way that Broadway shows are worked on out of town before opening in New York. And testing myself -- dancing full out, after major surgeries, and hours and hours of physical therapy that I needed after my back was broken in an automobile accident.
Though the tour was under U.S. State Department auspices, it was a low budget tour. I traveled alone, dealing with passport, visa, and stage management problems as they occurred.
The problems were nightmarish.
Without John Cullum's participation, it's amazing that I ever got back to the U.S.