nytheatre.com q&a preview by Steven Carl McCasland
December 27, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Part of Beautiful Soup's mission is to take a second look at works that failed the first time. Some people like to call these lost works "flops". But rather than just dragging the show out and presenting it as it was, we reach out to the writers and ask them if they would like to be involved in revisions, and take a "second look" for a "second chance".
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
In the past, Beautiful Soup has presented revivals of the lost musical A DOLL'S LIFE (Comden, Green and Grossman's story about Nora after Torvald), the musical CROSSING BROOKLYN about a teacher's struggles after 9/11, the classic play YENTL and more...
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
MOOSE MURDERS is a title just about everyone knows. And the title has become synonymous with "bad", "awful", "flop" and other not so pretty words. But buried under the rubble of MOOSE MURDERS' disastrous 1983 opening night (which also happened to be closing night) is a funny play that got lost in the high pressures of Broadway. We're doing it because we wanted to have fun, and we knew that the Moose would provide a rehearsal environment filled with laughter and friendship. But once Arthur Bicknell got involved with his red pen in hand ready to do rewrites, it became something much more: a chance for a playwright to workshop the play that never got workshopped... A safe space for Arthur to have fun with his wacky characters.
People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CLYBOURNE PARK?
The Book of Mormon, Peter and The Starcatchers, The Performers, Noises Off, Lend Me a Tenor
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
It's our dream to bring back lost musicals like THE YEARLING and GRIND, but these are shows that are well beyond our budget. Perhaps someday in the future Beautiful Soup will be able to take a second look at these shows.