Around The Town

Drama Desk Panel

Chad Kimball, Montego Glover


“The Music is the Message,”
a Drama Desk Panel discussion hosted by Scott Siegel (Broadway by the Years) was presented at Sardi’s on Friday June 18.  Participants from some of the season’s hit musical productions included Christine Andreas (La Cage aux Folles), Jeffry Denman (Yank!), Montego Glover (Memphis), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys), and David Zellnick (Yank!)

 

Chad Kimball, Montego Glover


“The Music is the Message,”
a Drama Desk Panel discussion hosted by Scott Siegel (Broadway by the Years) was presented at Sardi’s on Friday June 18.  Participants from some of the season’s hit musical productions included Christine Andreas (La Cage aux Folles), Jeffry Denman (Yank!), Montego Glover (Memphis), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys), and David Zellnick (Yank!)

 

Chad Kimball, Scott Siegel

Scott Siegel a critic for TalkinBroadway.com and TheaterMania.com as well as the creator of the Broadway by the Year series at The Town Hall encouraged the panelists to articulate on what they do to get their message across with a series of intriguing questions about creating musicals with a story and message. One point everyone seemed to agree on that unlike other arts, theater is a collaborative art and many individuals contribute their passionate sense of the truth to the process of creating a show. Actress Christine Andreas expressed a sentiment that reverberated through the room when she said “Theater is a better alternative than church to inspire you.” David Zelllnik the Drama Desk nominated author and lyricist of Yank! said “You can tell from audience reaction to a piece; they know if a show has heart, risk and passion.” David Thompson the book writer of The Scottsboro Boys and frequent collaborator with the great musical team Kander and Ebb quoted the deceased Fred Ebb who said “Don’t edit yourself…go with the crazy ideas…let passions collide,” echoing the collaborative effort involved in bringing musicals to fruition. The afternoon chat seemed to focus on finding the truth within ourselves, the characters and the story intrinsic in the struggle to discover that magical ingredient, which brings a show to life while entertaining the audience at the same time.  Patrick Christiano

Sean Ricketts (Sardis), William Wolf
Barbara Siegel, Jeffry Denman
David Zellnick, David Thompson, Tom Kitt
Jeffry Denman, Christine Andreas
Randie Levine-Miller, David Zellnick

Montego Glover, William Wolf