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Hollywood! Hollywood!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Rocco Vitacco
June 30, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright, Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director.

What is your show about?
If you can fake it, you can make it in Hollywood!

Are there boundaries as to what kind of theatre you will take part in?
Well, I'm not going to take off all my clothes and prance around naked. Also, if a play is going to be vulgar, it still needs to be clever.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I think it was Samuel Goldwyn who said that no one can save a bad show, but a great cast can make a good show even better. The playwright can give an actor brilliant words, the director can draw out a brilliant performance from an actor, a costumer can make an actor look stunning, a set designer can dazzle the stage with brilliant sets, but once the curtain goes up, it's the actor who has the responsibility to make everybody else look good. I think it was also Samuel Goldwyn who said the five most important important elements of a show are casting, casting, casting, casting and casting. I pick the actor.

What is one specific thing that you hope audiences will realize you’ve contributed to the production?
The one thing I would like the audience to take away from this show is that for about 100 minutes they were removed from their daily lives, their busy schedules, their hundreds of obligations, etc., and when they left the theatre, they felt so good that they realized that this show was just the right pill that the doctor had ordered.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Too bad I can only pick one "S" word because for me, my show flows quite smoothly, has a little bit of sex in it, is definitely smart, and there are surprises all along the way--but I'll choose SMART.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
If I had ten million dollars to spend I on theatrical endeavors, I would use it to help a friend of mine find, acquire, design, construct, and/or create the "theatre of his dreams." To have his own theatre would make him happy. If there was any money left over, I would donate some of it to help little animals in shelters, and with the tiny bit remaining, I would upgrade my gym membership to a classier gym.