Friend of the podcast Max Chernin (Sunday in the Park with George) shares the surprises of rejoining the original creative team of Broadway's Bright Star for their production at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre.
This will be the fourth time I've staged/re-staged Bright Star, and it's certainly a mind-fuck. We're lucky to still be working in the warm, generous room that our original creatives-- Josh Rhodes, Rob Berman and Walter Bobbie-- have always maintained.
The hambone in "Whoa, Mama" caught me by surprise. I was SO sure I had it down, but there were little things that I blanked out on. I "went to the white room" as some may say.
I was surprised at how nuanced some of our set moves are. Counts, numbers and spikes provide a map, but we have a lot of other variables... as you'd imagine when there is a giant spinning house on stage.
Josh, along with Lee Wilkins and dance captain Richard Gatta, are staging rockstars. Their charts and notes are meticulous and have made the process of putting new people (and old people who can't remember anything... ME) really painless. We have a few new moments we've refined and I think it will feel like a new and fresh show when we open here in LA.
West Coast, come check us out!