You're The Flop opened last weekend, and audiences loved it! It was truly amazing to work
on a show from its inception to its opening. The cherry on top is that audiences also enjoy
the production! Aaron Conklin from Madison Magazine gives us a few nice compliments,
like "Music Theatre of Madison’s original production You’re the Flop—playing June 12–14
in the Bartell Theatre—is full of clever and creative touches" and "you realize you’ve learned
as much as you’ve been entertained. And it’s not every show that can say that." in his blog
review. In The Isthmus' review Gwen Rice writes "Perhaps the most surprising thing about
the hour-long production is how well all the music flows together to tell a coherent story.
The tuneful numbers, from such diverse composers as Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen
Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, and Boy George, seem perfectly chosen for
the slight narrative and work together as a harmonious score." and finishes with the
perfect statement, "At the end of the show, we're no closer to determining the elusive X-
factor that separates success from failure on Broadway, but it's easy to see that You're the
Flop is anything but."
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
About one year ago my partner with Music Theater of Madison, Meghan Randolph, came up with an idea to write a show about flop musicals. After sketching up with a few ideas, we brought in my friend Robby Sandler to help flush out a story. He and I worked for months on putting together songs that fit with our story idea. We wanted to tell the story of a group of theater artists who try to put a show up on Broadway, but it becomes a flop. After the songs were in place, Meghan put together the facts that she wanted said about shows that were flops. About a month ago we started rehearsals, and the actors helped shape the exact wording of the monologues, and the script was complete! After three and a half weeks of hard work, we are in tech. The show is really delightful, fun and touching. It is more then we ever expected it to be! It is thrilling to work on a production from its inception to its completion for the first time ever. Madison Magazine wrote a nice article and interviewed Meghan about the process. One note, the article list me as the music director of MTM, but I am in fact the associate artistic director.