The Devil's Blog
So, now that we've secured our amazing director, we need to start filling out the other creative positions. And that process begins with finding a Music Director. This is the person who takes the raw material that I've written, and buffs and shines it into a workable, sustainable piece of music...So obviously I'm very concerned about who we get. Will they "get" me? And my music? Will they be good collaborators? Can they act as good task masters for the Actor/Musicians we hope to line up? So much on the line with this...And I keep realizing; It's my baby, but someone else will have to rock it - I'll have to step back and let this person make choices that enrich the show ...LOL... It's daunting. BUT - wow, what wonderful people we're meeting with! It's truly and embarrassment of riches. Talented, smart, creative and successful - and interested in doing our show! And by next week or so, we'll have made a choice that David, Darin and I are all excited about - and that will lift our show one step farther up this mountain!
After having workshopped tons of other peoples new musicals, we - arrogantly? foolishly? - felt we could write our own. Little did we know...
I'd written a song with my old band - Standing - that was a passionate story about love lost, and very much in an old school, 60's rhythm and blues style. Seemed the perfect jumping off point for a new musical, with an unconventional musical theatre style of music. Ironically, the song that started this whole thing ended up not in the show, LOL! (sidebar: I wrote a lot (20?) songs that didn't make the cut. As they say; "kill your babies".) But we ended up with a script and songs and put up a reading for friends and family and had a tremendous response. And then the real work started. Re-writes, notes, private readings, notes, re-writes. We worked it and worked it and eventually got it in front of some producers (on our 3rd or 4th public reading of our 10th or 12th draft?) who ran with it. They hired a professional dramaturge - who kicked our ass - and put a real workshop together for us. Great people, great experience. But, after lot's of almosts/not quite/bad timing the rights reverted back to us two years ago.
Cut to a random conversation with the lovely and talented Jason Weiss;
Jason: Why don't you do it here?
Larry: Here? Where here?
Jason: Here at Theatre of Arts - at the Arena
Larry: I don't undertand?
Jason: I love your show and I'm running the acting school here - we'd love to ramp up our theatre program....
After I pulled my jaw off the floor we continued the discussion. Came up with a plan. Made a deal. And now we're "putting it together..."
So. After an incredibly long and at times frustrating journey, we've found a home for our show. My co-creator David and I couldn't be more excited about premiering The Devil You Know here in Los Angeles. It's a dream delayed but finally achieved. I'll be posting periodically as we move forward. For now, let me say welcome to you and thank you for following along...
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