The Greg Brady Project

Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog

My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

Archive for Category 'Ask Barry'

Q: [by action] Barry – How long do you actually rehearse before a production such as the "Sound of Music" ever hits the road and where where the rehearsals held?

A: Rehearsal periods vary. The Sound of Music was a Broadway National Tour so there was a larger budget and more time allotted. We rehearsed for six weeks in New York City and then did three days of previews in Ft. Myers Florida where we started our six month , twenty four city tour.

Q: [by angusoy] Do you know what Eminem thinks of "The Real Greg Brady"? I think it is awesome.

A: I have not had contact with Eminem. I am a supporter of his and have said so on many occasions. I can not imagine he would do anything but have a good time with my "cover" of Slim Shady. It’s not as though I am going to step in and steal his style of wrapping.

Q: [by buchan_kevin] Barry, are you a fan of Michael Jackson? What do you think of his music videos like 'Thriller' and 'Moonwalker' and his latest 'Rock My World'?

A: I am a huge fan of Michael’s and a defender as well. I think many people don’t understand what he has gone through and are unaware of his many charitable contributions. As a talent he has been groundbreaking. No one will deny that Thriller changed pop music with that record. I still put it on to work out. His dancing remains to this day amazing. Wish I could give you an opinion about Rock My World but I haven’t seen it yet.

Q: [by Vance714] Darling Mr. Williams- Hello! How are you? If you were a teenager in the year 2001, who would your role models from the entertainment biz be? (this stumped me…) As always, I appreciate your time! Pax, Aimee

A: Hi Aimee. I would look toward characters and people who exemplify the kinds of qualities you would like to have and reflect your own life. A positive outlook, high self esteem, honest and real, spiritual. You may have to look to literature for examples, cause in show biz sometimes it’s hard to separate the person from the character. I am purposely leaving it up to you to find your own inspirations - good luck.

Q: [by jimmy] Barry, I read your book and I loved it! About your car accident in '73, what did the lady do when she realized that she hit "Greg Brady"? What happened after the crash? Did you just let it go or what? -John

A: I can tell you that accident was no laughing matter. She was turned around talking to her dog in the back seat of her station wagon and driving down the wrong side of the street - my side. At first I thought she would look up and move over but it soon became apparent that she wasn’t paying attention. It was a residential street so we weren’t going freeway fast but even at twenty-five miles an hour that is a combined speed of 50. She hit me head on and I ended up with my lower lip split down almost to my chin from smashing into my steering wheel. She was so shaken up she didn’t know what had happened and I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Scar revision surgery has helped reduce the appearance of the accident. It was the most frightening thing I have been through.

Q: [by Ask by Brooke Bochinski] I saw the show called the weakest link and everyone from the Brady Bunch was on it. Let me ask you were you nervous?

A: It is definitely a hot seat. We had a chance to do a few practice rounds and that really helped calm all of us down. I had as much fun as I was nervous. I just wish I had lasted a little longer. The questions I got were hard.

Q: [by MeThreepio] Hi, Barry. First of all, big fan. I enjoyed your "Weakest Link" episode immensely. I noticed in the closing credits that, due to technical problems, certain segments "not affecting the outcome" had been retaped. Can you say what those were? Did you have to redo spontaneous banter, or answer questions again — the same way, right or wrong?

A: We didn’t have to re-tape any of the answers. Some of the banter was redone because a camera might not have anticipated an ad-lib. Also a lot of time was cut out of the show because it ran long and Ann Robinson, the host, takes her time coming up with the retorts she makes to her guests. I have to say I am proud of our group - we gave it right back to her.

Q: [by kennedy] Hi Barry – I know in an early episode of "The Brady Bunch" you sang a ballad while playing your electric guitar, and the credits said you were in fact on of the song's authors. Have you written many songs?

A: I have written a few but that is the only one that made it on the air. I still enjoy playing the guitar and use it in shows but consider my style more appropriate for the camp fire.

Q: [by craftifaye] I noticed that your charity on Weakest Link was for a Lupus Organization. I have Lupus and was thrilled that you support the cause. Can you tell me how you became involved with it. By the way I saw you in Reno doing a Sound of Music, the play was wonderful. Thanks Faye Warriner

A: Thanks for writing Faye. Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys has formed a foundation in support of Lupus. His sister passed away and he put together a concert benefiting Lupus. I have performed for the past two years where I has been held in Orlando, Florida and thought this would be a nice way to make a tangible contribution. Good luck to you and God Bless.

Q: [by Vance714] Hello Barry! What are some of the good plays that you've seen recently? Thanks!! Love, Aimee

A: In support of New York City I have gone out to catch up on Broadway. I saw Kiss me Kate and thought it was great Broadway Fair in much the same way 42nd Street is; full on entertainment. I also liked Lion King and The Full Monty.

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