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If Adele Can Do It, So Can I

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Seth Bisen-Hersh
March 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Writer, musical director.

What is your show about?
I figure if Adele can make a lot of money and win a lot of awards airing her personal emotional baggage, then I can, too.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
My grandfather gave me audio cassettes of Broadway musical cast recordings at a very early age, which instilled a love of theatre. I did my first production in 4th grade, when I was the title character in the Giving Tree, and made my community theatre debut as Winthrop in the Music Man in 5th grade. It was all uphill from there...

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I have written a handful of musicals. Currently we are moving Love Quirks off-Broadway, and I also wrote a well received children's musical, Stanley's Party, which was at Manhattan Children's Theatre in spring 2010. Besides those, I have done 7 cabaret revues of my songs over the years. And my web series might not be theatre, but it's ridiculously theatrical, and it would be remiss of me not to use this platform to promote it: http://www.youtube.com/EveryDayaLittleSeth

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I had a really rough 2012 and ended up writing a lot of dark, emotional material. I wanted to do something positive with it, so I put them all into this song cycle, which will be first time I've premiered so many new songs at once since 2010.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I would say Marge would probably appreciate the emotional gravitas of the show having been through a lot in her life, but Daffy would also relate to having rough times because he is pretty unlucky.

Who are your heroes?
Stephen Sondheim, Woody Allen, Jim Henson, Mel Brooks and Larry David are probably the top 5 people who I admire. I also wouldn't mind having careers like any of them.