Monday, February 23, 2009

Rubbed: The Musical

A few weeks ago I was asked to direct pH's first musical.  I know what you're thinking.

"Ford hates musicals."
"Ford can't write music."
"Can Ford sing?"
"Man, Ford is an asshole."

All those things are true and I decided to direct the show, anyway.  Thankfully, Howie had already written the songs and worked with a musical director to write the music.  I was off the hook for writing music.  Directors don't have to sing, so I didn't need to worry about that and being an asshole is a pretty essential part of being a director.  All that's left is the fact that I hate musicals.

Now, it's not entirely true that I hate all musicals.  I like one musical: Avenue Q.  I hate all the rest - even Rent.  Especially Rent.  Why, then, would someone want me do direct his musical?  I have no idea, but it's happening.

I'd like to tell you that I'll take this musical and turn it into the kind of musical that people that hate musicals love.  I won't do that.  First, it would completely destroy Howie's vision of this show and while I don't have to cowtow to everything Howie wants I still don't have the right to destroy his vision.  Most importantly, I'm not that clever.  What am I going to do with this show?  I'm going to try to make it the best show it can possibly be.  I know that I can direct a good scene and I'll make sure the scenes are tight.  The songs will be harder for me.  I haven't spent a lot of time watching and listening to musicals so I'll have to rely on others in the cast to help me with the songs.  Fortunately, I'm working with a very talented and knowledgeable cast.  I think it will be a show that people will enjoy.

I'll probably hate it, though.

Monday, February 16, 2009

25 Reasons Why I Love My Wife

By this point I think everyone on Facebook has been tagged to write the 25 Random Things about him or herself. On my first wedding anniversary, I'm going to steal that idea and give you 25 Reasons Why I Love My Wife.

1) She makes me laugh.
2) She thinks I'm funny.
3) She's beautiful.
4) When I'm feeling bad she always knows what to say.
5) She doesn't let me get away with my B.S.
6) She thinks I'm better than I am which makes me try to be better than I am.
7) When I make up random songs about the mundane things I'm doing, she sings along.
8) When I say, "What's that smell?" she always replies, "Maybe it's your upper lip" and laughs like crazy.
9) I can make her laugh hysterically by simply rolling my eyes from side to side.
10) She speaks hilarious nonsense when she's on the verge of sleep.
11) She's the best dancer I know.
12) She's always doing something that surprises me.
13) She has little conversations with no one in particular.
14) She insisted on getting a dog.
15) When I say I hate an item of her clothing, she doesn't take it personally.
16) I am proud that she will be the mother of our children.
17) She makes me do things I don't want to do - but only if she knows it's good for me.
18) She lets me do stupid things - but only if they won't do permanent damage.
19) She may be the most caring person I know.
20) She thinks my grilled cheese sandwiches are magic.
21) She's a good snuggler.
22) I'm more me around her than I ever have been around anyone.
23) She's smart.
24) Because the last four years of my life have been my four happiest.
25) Because this is the easiest thing I've ever had to write.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009