2006 Tony Awards Q&A: Kathleen Marshall
You're doubly nominated this year for the Tonys – how are you feeling?
I got one for
How did you approach the challenge of bringing The Pajama Game back to the stage?
It's interesting because when you do a revival, and especially a revival that was originally choreographed by Bob Fosse, and by Jerome Robbins and George Abbott, the blueprint of where things happen in the show is already there. Going on, you know what numbers have dance breaks and have choreography. So we created all new dance arrangements, and we added all sorts of new scenarios, and dance breaks and attentions for the dance so in that way it was fresh for ourselves. But the blueprint of dances and where was kind of based on the original.
The show recently announced that it'll be coming back to Broadway this fall – are you planning to recast?
We're hoping to bring most of our cast with us, as many people can or as many people want to come. We're on the prowl for a theatre, and for a leading man and once we get those in place, we'll invite everyone to come with us and I'm hoping that they will.
Have you begun shopping for a theatre?
It's hard because we're in a 730-seat theatre, and there's those perfect middle sized theatres, which are mostly occupied for economic reasons. So, it has to be in a 1200 seat theatre or bigger to be in the commercial formula, but you don't have to be in a barn either.
Right now we're kind of like a vulture flying around trying to see who's not going to be here in the fall and that's a terrible thing. If you really want to know, ask all the head carpenters and stage hands on the shows because they know what's coming and going more than anybody else. I tell ya!
Are you working on anything else at the moment?
I'm taking the summer to be in development and figure it out. There's a bunch of things in the work, but nothing official yet. I'd love to work on a new project, but those are a lot longer in a development so those are long term. Revivals come together more quickly, and I love being in a rehearsal studio so the better I can be back in one, the better for me.
And until then you'll be dancing at home?
When I do dance combinations at home, my dog thinks I'm playing and tries to bite me so the only place I can work on dance steps at home is in my bathroom. When I'm in there the dog is barking at the door trying to get in!