2006 Tony Awards Q&A: David Zippel
Where did you hear your Tony nomination news?
I was in bed at home, listening to the nominations.
Who was the first person that you called?
The first person was Carolee Carmello to tell her and to congratulate her on her nomination (for Lestat).
Have you spoken to Andrew Lloyd Webber as well?
Yes, I spoke to Andrew and he's delighted.
The show has unfortunately closed here on Broadway, but we hear that there's plans for a tour of
Yes, I think the plan is to bring it on a tour of the
Are there changes planned for that version?
The last discussion was to do it without the chorus just with the principals, basically making it a smaller version of the show.
The show had a mixed reaction here on Broadway, how did you react to that?
It certainly was a polarized reception. There were people that were wildly enthusiastic and people that just dismissed it. I'm sorry that the people who didn't like it weren't more enthusiastic of course.
Because of that, does this year's nomination feel different from those that you've gotten in the past?
It was a very pleasant surprise and it's such a delight to be recognized. I think that it's always nice.
You're working on a number of projects at the moment – which is headed to
I'm always working on several projects at the same time and I have no idea which ones you're going to see first!
We don't have a theater yet for Princesses.
Pamela's First Musical?
Graciela and I have a workshop coming up at a theater out of town. I have no idea which one will come to
Larry Gelbert and I have a couple of things that we're tossing around and that we're working on.
Pamela's First Musical sadly lost some of its collaborators, how has that changed the process?
It's sad that Graciela and I go to these meetings that used to have Cy Coleman and Wendy Wasserstein at them and now it's just the two of us. We're still having a great time, but it's – also the fact that they're not here is helping to fuel the fire for this project.
You mentioned that Princesses is looking for a theatre, are you still actively working on the show?
Have you seen your fellow nominees this year yet?
I have enjoyed this season, but I've been in