In Conversation: Revivals – Reinvention, Recreation, New Direction

In Conversation: Revivals – Reinvention, Recreation, New Direction


So Ted for you working for RNH what
makes you decide who you’re gonna give the rights to, is it about reinvention is
it recreation, is it based on the director, is it what what artists what
are the steps you take in that case. All of the above starts with a good idea if
somebody if somebody approaches us there was a time several years ago where
several Broadway producers were approaching us about South Pacific
because it wasn’t it had not been revived in every but they were going
down the list of big titles and somebody said we need to do a travelogue over the
overture to bring the audience back to World War Two because the audience in
1949 had just come out of the war and no modern audience will accept it unless
they’re placed back in that time and I thought that’s a warning signal because
what it means is they don’t trust it um and other people were stars Antonio
Banderas I said great do you know how that guy seems you know maybe Tony you
know Antonio admits not the best idea for this so there were all these things
going on and then Andre Bishop and there was a concert at Carnegie Hall and he
came and he said he said to remind you Ted I’ve always loved South Pacific and
if you will give us the rights to do it we will put the the creative team that
had done the light in the Piazza on South Pacific and it was as simple as
that and I thought that had never occurred to me and that’s a brilliant
idea so that in that instance it was like
there were some other things that didn’t I just had to
we all had some concerns about it and the person who came in and said love the
peace love it and these artists who made this piece work they’re the ones we’d
like to give this to as I’ve done and is it the been the same as all through the
years that you’ve worked with rnh or have you evolved also about do you now
feel I mean would you do a revival of carousel if they did it exactly the same
way it was done originally luckily there’s nobody around who knows exactly
how it was done there it’s old enough that nobody
actually was there and what since jamesy de Lappe who was Agnes tamils put her up
or died this year and she really was the person who knew that knew that aspect of
those shows more than anybody it’s you know I mean when I got to the office Yul
Brenner was touring in the king and I you know a show that the original
production said Gertrude Lawrence in the King and I and by the by the time it
came around it was your Brenner in the King and I it’s like okay well that’s a
show that can take it both ways but that was that was kind of a in some ways a
cynical production it was not a very good production it was all about him I
mean Mary Beth Peale who played mrs. Anna the last time I came to New York it
got a Tony nomination as Best Featured performer the role that Gertrude
Lawrence had won the Tony is Best Lead we don’t even talk about the Tony’s here
but you know there are those kind of oddities right

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