Robert Morse Muses On MAD MEN: THE MUSICAL & Shares Candid Broadway Memories
Notable Tony Award-winning stage and screen star Robert Morse shares candid memories of his Broadway heyday as well as muses on MAD MEN: THE MUSICAL as part of a new interview.
Reflecting on his recent Mad Men send-off musical number, set to "The Best Things In Life Are Free", Morse reveals, "I had a wonderful choreographer, Mary Ann Kellogg, and we worked on it for three or four days, five days, in secrecy. No one was to know, not even my wife or family; no one knew what was going to happen. Nobody knew beforehand. We sang the song three or four times with a 30-piece orchestra, Matt was there. I rehearsed with the dancers and a few days later, Matt came in to see what we had done and said, "It's going to work." Then we filmed it in about six or seven hours. I breathed easily and took it easily, as Matt wanted. No great histrionics. Weeks later, I would say to Matt, "I haven't seen it - is it O.K.?" I was very insecure. 'Bobby, I've shown it to all the writers and it's going to be wonderful. Don't worry about it.'"
"I called Matt this morning and I said, how about "Mad Men: The Musical?" [Laughs] Can't you see it? Bert keeps reappearing, singing and dancing, and sharing his words of wisdom with the team. "Brotherhood of Man" for Roger. "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" for Pete. "Don't Rain on My Parade" for Joan. "Look to the Rainbow" for Peggy," Morse amusingly adds.
Additionally, Morse recalls, "I've been often asked to do it, little places here and there. I will say that what's locked in my memory is Bob Fosse teaching me the dance steps when we were in rehearsal. I wasn't that fast, and he said, "Go into the other room please, Bobby, with my assistant, and learn it, and then come back in three days, and I will be ready for you, because I'll have rehearsed all the dancers who will know it before this sentence I'm speaking is over." That's how fast dancers are. So I went to see the assistant and learned much of the movement from her. And the assistant's name was Gwen Verdon. I went: 'Gulp.'"
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