Surreal and intimidating! We had great success six years ago, so people have some expectations that they didn’t before. But working with the talented Dan Chevalier is so great and just a ton of fun! I am thrilled to be able to do so again!
It’s a very strange experience! I’ve remounted shows before–in fact, I was in a production of A Christmas Carol seven years in a row–but I’ve never had a six-year break in between. Much of the show I only vaguely remembered from 2015 and some of it I had completely forgotten. It’s been fun going back and rediscovering things with Steve.
SK. The script does a great job of giving each character a chance to shine, but I think mine’s gotta be Historical Heavy Hitter Mr. Johann Gutenberg.
DC. Monk is my favorite. I rarely get cast as the bad guy, so it’s fun playing the villain from time to time, especially a villain who is evil in the most ridiculous ways.
SK. There are so many one liners and non-sequiturs, that any of them can really get you on any particular day. As a default, my favorite line is the only one where I curse like a sailor.
“I stole a bunch of cookies.”
DC. Jim Henson, because he produced so many creative, hilarious and innovative characters and stories. I’m sure his life story would be a compelling one to write a musical about. Also, I’ve always loved anything Muppet related.
SK. I’m a big fan of Ancient Mythology, so I think I would really enjoy writing a musical based on some of those.
SK. 6 years ago, I made Dan run the first act lines with me. Then during intermission, I made him run act two. This time will probably be the same, but maybe I’ll change it up and have a taco bar backstage.
DC. Lots of vocal warmups–for as silly as this show is, it’s also incredibly vocally challenging. I have to be able to growl some low notes as Monk and then hit super high falsetto notes as Daughter. Also, last time around, six years ago, Steve and I would do a speed run-through of Act 1 before the show and a speed run-through of Act 2 during intermission. Maybe we’ll keep that tradition alive this time around, too.
CH. Bud and Doug are ridiculous, completely off-base and terrible writers. But they do everything with such unbridled, naive gusto that you can’t help but root for their dumb, bad idea to be a success. The actors are a comedic tour-de-force that can’t be missed. I’ve seen these scenes dozens of times and I still laugh out loud at their perfect nuances and new bits that get layered in all the time. After the year we’ve all had, we deserve this good, hard laugh.