Tuesday, November 28, 2006


1 more week!

So it's Tuesday, the second of two days off. We're not going to be putting any major changes into the show for the rest of the run, which is nice for a lot of reasons. The cast and crew can enjoy the rest of the run and continue doing what they've been doing brilliantly, and Andrew and I can focus on some slightly more long-term changes we've been wanting to get at.

In other news, big Pot Luck tomorrow night at my place featuring Chicago-Style Hot Dogs. Jess is making Broccoli-Cheese casserole and Andrew's baking a Coca Cola Cake. It doesn't get more exciting than this, folks.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


A 10 Show Week and Thanksgiving Break

So our stellar, tough cast made it through the 10 show week which ended with three 2-show days in a row (Sat, Sun, Mon). I don't know how they do it. Quite a few people got out of Dodge right after the second show Monday to dive right into the break. I hopped into a car full of Pirates of Penzance daughters at 6:30am to hit the airport. 2 hours sleep, no sweat.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Rest up and we'll see you soon.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


A little press

So we got a couple nice write ups (not reviews!) we think are nifty. Here are the links:



Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Pot Luck, Boggle & Rewrites

Well it was a nice long stretch of off-time yesterday in East Haddam. After the second show on Sunday (which was wonderful!) the vast majority of the cast took off for NYC for a break from CT and to catch up on this and that.

After Andrew and I worked our butts off on rewrites all day (new stuff coming, everyone!!!) I hosted a pot-luck at my place. Andrew brought some sweet sausage, I made a tomato, garlic, onion dip for the bread and cooked up some pasta with vodka sauce. Rachal brought some yummy potstickers, Ron made some wonderful rice with butternut squash in it and Keegan brought some quality beer and cookies. We all ate our faces off before clearing the table for some serious Boggle. Andrew "the Android" Gerle cleaned up, of course, but a good time was had by all.

Today (Tue.) was more rewrites and a bunch of orchestration work on Andrew's part. We've got rehearsal from 6-11 tonight to put in the changes. Some really good stuff, I think.


Sunday, November 12, 2006


Ghost light

A successful opening


After party 2

Donna Lynne Champlin, Nicole Mangi, choreographer Karma Camp, costume designer Alejo Vietti, Mark Sanders


After party 1

Patrick Ryan Sullivan, Andrew Gerle, Donna Lynne Champlin, James Moye, Eddie Sugarman


Where we've been

Yes, I know we've been silent for a few days, because... WE OPENED! After an incredible final push, Thursday night was our first performance for a paying audience (see pic), and it was terrific. Seeing it with real people in the house highlighted the parts that consistently work, and the parts which are consistently a little soft or hard to put across. Now it's our job to sharpen all those moments and make everyone's lives (actors, musicians and audience members) a little bit easier.

Gotta run to a matinee-- more thoughts later, especially after the two full days of writing that we get tomorrow and Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


11:30 PM, tech night 2

Donna Lynne Champlin


Ann and John after the Rally

Donna Lynne Champlin and Jim Moye


John finishes his national tour



Eileen (Monique French) spots John (Jim Moye) at her diner, as the Colonel (Joel Blum) watches.


Does at the diner


John speaks to the nation

Jim Moye as John Doe


Real headlines!

Keegan Michael Brown and Victoria Huston-Elem

The headlines we wrote two weeks ago appear in a real newspaper, thanks to the incredible props team here at Goodspeed.


Sandwich board

Monday, November 06, 2006


By The Numbers

Number of days of rehearsal before we moved into the theatre – 16

Number of sets of new pages distributed - 31

Number of songs cut – 3

Number of new songs added – 2

Number of pages first day of rehearsal – 122

Number of pages today – 112

Number of bits Joel Blum added – 97

Number of games University of Michigan football has lost since rehearsal began – 0

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Set @ Chester

Long shot of set. Cool.2!!!

Set Designer and Set

Set @ Chester. Cool!!


Please keep your arms and legs inside the musical at all times

Quite a ride for writers three weeks into a developmental production.

Last Saturday: two weeks of work all paying off; changes all working, show running great. UP!

Sunday: design "run-through", with producers and staff in "audience". Goes well, then Goodspeed AD Michael Price gives his patented notes session. Always the gentleman, but let's just say no punches pulled. Problems we thought we'd solved rear their ugly heads again, Hydra-like, and torment us in our dreams: "What made you think you could write a show? You have no talent! Get a real job!" DOWN.

Monday: day off. Substantial cuts, and a plan for a great new number. Paring comedy bits down just to the funniest jokes, get in, get out. We're so smart! What great fixes! UP!

Tuesday: Working on the new number, plus triaging all the cuts we've made so we don't lose any information and the flow still makes sense. Confident we're on the right path. STRAIGHT AHEAD.

Wednesday morning: new number that was so funny yesterday is suddenly not at all. Moment is extraneous, song is clunky, and now we hate the number we cut so we can't go back to it. Babies, bathwater, all pouring out the holes of our sinking show. WAY DOWN.

Wednesday afternoon: song is finished, and we sing it through with great trepidation for Karma and Michael. They love it! Everything we were trying to accomplish is there in buckets, the song is funny, heartwarming, adds just the moment we were missing in the story, we're geniuses, How did we write it so fast? WAY UP.

Thursday (today): staged the new number, still funny, still the right moment. Other cuts are being staged, also to great effect. Still geniuses. I'll let you know tomorrow.

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