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.