@TanyaSaracho Nice boys who come say quick hello when I’m working in their scenes. Disregard chongos/no make-up look. #writingmode
@whatsupdanny Hi @huntbell !! Hope you’re killin it! #breakaleg #Found
Anyhoo, we also hung out with Jonathan Groff, who was in San Fran filming HBO’s “Looking.” Jonathan mentioned that he watched Elaine Stritch videos obsessively after she passed away, and we were discussing stories we had heard about whether or not she was difficult to work with. I definitely would have been nervous doing a show with Elaine in case she acted out on me, but Jonathan told us he totally doesn’t mind cantankerous old women. He feels once someone reaches 70 years old, they can do whatever they want onstage. Finally, my mother has a willing scene partner.
Speaking of older ladies, we talked about Dorothy Loudon, who did the first reading of William Finn’s A New Brain as the mom. I was the assistant music director (to Jason Robert Brown!), and she was fantastic in the part. Turns out, Jonathan was obsessed with that show in high school and said he had a car accident listening to the CD! It was the song “In The Middle of the Room,” and it happened at the exact moment when the mom (played by Penny Fuller) sings about being hit being by a car! He was making a left turn and a car hit him. He demonstrated how it happened thus:
"Here I stand, in the middle of the road.
And I’m waiting for a car.
To come along and hit me.”
The timing was impeccable!
Jonathan is part of the Honorary Committee for I AM HARVEY MILK - Part choral work, part theater piece, I AM HARVEY MILK is an emotional exploration of the iconic LGBT politician and activist, Harvey Milk.