BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan

August 12
7:21 AM 2014
BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan

The first week began on a high, a mile-high to be exact. Just like the miners who came to Colorado in search of treasure, the cast, crew and design team of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, led by Kathleen Marshall journeyed to the Denver Center to begin telling the story of Margaret "Call Me Molly" Tobin Brown. As with most "First Day of School" days, the energy, excitement and anticipation permeated the room. After a brief introduction, DCPA Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson began by telling us how truly special Margaret "Molly" Brown is to the people of Denver and how thrilled the community was to have this production premiere at the DCPA.

Book writer Dick Scanlan related his journey, regaling the cast with how strongly Richard Morris wanted Molly's story retold. He (Dick) waited until the story spoke to him, before he launched into the myths surrounding Molly Brown. What he discovered was a woman with an unwavering spirit. She had a deep-rooted desire or need, if you will, to help others.

Kathleen shared the complexity of breathing new life into what had become theater lore. Most theater and lay-folk alike have a Molly Brown they know from the film and even the original stage version. With that in mind, Kathleen, Dick and Music Director Michael Rafter have meticulously rediscovered Molly's story, going so far as to dig deep into the Meredith Willson songbook to find music that had been cut and even tried elsewhere.

Halfway through the week, we took a trip to the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. It was a terrific time for the cast to bond and to have a glimpse into her life.

With that said, the distance from Leadville to Denver is about "80 miles as the crow flies"...and we've got a lot of ground to cover. So, it's back to the script, score, and staging with a Wonderful Plan. Here's to you, Mr. Morris and Wilson. Molly ain't down yet- there's more to come!

'Til next time...


BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall, Musical Director/Vocal Arranger Michael Rafter (seated), David Dabbon, Associate Musical Director/Conductor

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
Beth Malone, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Hall exploring Molly Brown’s Home.

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
Molly Brown House Museum. photo credit Keven Quillon

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
Cast trip to the Molly Brown House.

BWW Blog: Rommy Sandhu of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN - A Wonderful Plan
Cast at the Molly Brown House.

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Guest Blogger: Rommy Sandhu For over 20 years, Rommy Sandhu has worked continuously as a director, choreographer, actor, singer, dancer, and teacher in productions encompassing Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, television, film, universities, and more. Throughout his career he has worked with many of Broadway’s top directors and

choreographers, including Tony Award winners Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall, Graciela Daniele, Matthew Bourne, George C. Wolfe, Richard Eyre, Michael Blakemore, and Trevor Nunn. Mr. Sandhu has directed and/or choreographed numerous productions off-Broadway, at the NY Fringe Festival, for CUNY and Hofstra University, and the opening numbers of the Broadway Cares/EFA 26th Annual Easter Bonnet and 23rd/24th Annual Gypsy of The Year competitions. He has staged multiple productions of

Disney/Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, notably the US Regional premier at Tuacahn Center for the Arts (choreographer) as well as Coeur D’Alene Summer Theater (director/choreographer). More recent work includes staging and choreography for Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve starring Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Cinderella, Smash). He also staged the finale production number of Something Good: A Broadway Salute to Richard Rodgers on His 100th Birthday. Additionally, he served as associate choreographer for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway, New York City Center Encores’ Bells Are Ringing and Applause, the off-Broadway premier of The Ark at 37 ARTS, the original pre-Broadway workshop of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and regional productions of Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, and Maury Yeston’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen.

As a performer, Mr. Sandhu has appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma! (all as dance captain), Bombay Dreams, Annie Get Your Gun, On The Town, The Life, Sweet Charity in Concert, Children and Art, and in the first national tours of Carousel and Kiss Me, Kate (dance captain). He has also been featured on the hit television series Smash, and in multiple Tony Award and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecasts. As an educator, Mr. Sandhu serves as adjunct faculty for NYU’s CAP 21 program and Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre department, as well

as being a frequent guest instructor at Broadway Dance Center and Onstage New York.