Urinetown: The Musical
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Taryn Turney
January 2, 2013
What is your job on this show?
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was five years old. As with most little girls who get into theatre, I saw a production of Annie and was hooked! I didn't realize I was meant for directing until I was much older, though apparently everyone around me saw it (my parents love to tell people how my idea of playing with my Barbies was to make them audition, rehearse, and perform musicals. Embarrassing.)
Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
I mean, I have to say the director on this one right?? In all honesty, all three need each other to survive. The actors and I wouldn't have a job if it weren't for playwrights, I would have nothing to do without actors (though I could try bringing those Barbies back...) and playwrights wouldn't write if there weren't people there to put on their shows. And it doesn't even begin to include all of the people that work behind the scenes who make the show happen for us all!
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
Some of our actors are brand new for us at the Secret Theatre, but this is also the first time we've had a big batch of people that have worked with us previously in our other shows; Little Women, Wild Party, Parade. Our creative team this time around is almost entirely new (not including my Associate Director, Alyssa, who's my right-hand lady) What's great about our theatre and the shows that we do we see new talents from people that we've worked with before as well as brand new people who inspire us to be even better. We even have band members that have come back for multiple shows!
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SMART, first and foremost. The original material is so clever and well written and our cast is doing an amazing job with it. There are also some very SEXY parts of the show and I think the audience will be SURPRISED at some of the choices we've made (was that cheating??)
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
Let's take this production of Urinetown and put it on Broadway!!