Steve Schalchlin: "The two things you need for a successful show are A) an idea and B) not enough time." NEVER HAS A SENTENCE BEEN TRUER.
Yesterday, I finished the first full run-through of "HAPPILY EVER AFTER (asterisk see footnote)," my first one man show in New York City. Whoa. I'm doing a one dude show in New York City. That's kinda fierce. Go me. *confetti*
This show started as a tell-all about how gay I am. No really, I thought that was a good idea for a show. I told people it was something like "I grew up with Fairy Tales being told in very overdramatic ways by my mother. I grew up and realized that the prince-princess narrative wasn't lining up with my prince-prince life.... blah blah blah LOOK HOW GAY I AM". An idea? Check!
I say this with all of the utmost love in my heart for that young man who wrote that show. He had the best of intentions, and it was a lovely, quaint show. Too much talking, perhaps, but GENUINE A.F. And then, all four of my potential music directors dropped out for varied reasons. #DefenseAgainstTheDarkArts And I landed in the lap of Mark Janas.
Now Mark is "Cabaret with a capitol 'C'," according to Rob Lester. And he took one look at this Little Show That Shouldn't and asked, "Is it too late to cancel the show?" Needless to say, I cried. But we did not cancel the show. Mark added sophistication to my show. He added introspection, instead of just the list of events that predated it. Wow. What a transformation. But we still had a LONG ways to go to actually create a show that people should pay to see. Not enough time? Check.
Now I'm bored so I guess you'll have to come to the show on August 10 to find out if the show's any good. And to answer any questions you may have about the show.