Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Waiting for Shirley
It is the same on Broadway. You either hit all your notes, your lines, and your marks, or you don't. No excuses. You cannot blame untalented co-workers, directors, whatever, it is YOU and YOU ONLY out there on that stage, singing, dancing, giving the audience what they want, dodging that Calder mobile, trying to master the lip synch, wow, exhiliterating, but it is all on YOU!
At least on film (I have made several), you can redo a scene as many times as you like until it is right, but that is hard also. Daniel Mann directed me once in a musical, and I about died. He was a slavedriver! A beast! I had to do about 12 takes once on a 3 second scene. Ghastly! 18-20 hour days, the man was evil! And I did not even get an Oscar for it either. I would do a brilliant scene with singing and everything and he would demand we do it all over again, that he wanted it done differently. He was no choreographer, trust me, those scenes were fine. There are some advantages to Broadway!