With a second Golden Girls show about to start performances, this theatre season only gets better! It was a golden opportunity, with cheesecake in hand, talking to Nick Brennan about his hilarious Off-Broadway show Thank You For Being A Friend: A Golden Girls Musical Parody, which is returning for an amazing 4th engagement!
I saw the last incarnation of this show in 2014 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and had a terrific time! I'm beyond excited for this show's new run as it also features two of my favorite actors Charles Baron and Joshua Warr. The laughter ensues for the full 90 minutes and I can't wait to see how this new cast interprets our beloved "Girls!"
Thank You For Being A Friend: A Golden Girls Musical Parody is about four women over 60 ("Blanchette," the varicose-veined vixen; "Dorthea," the brainy ball-buster; "Roz," the lovable airhead; and "Sophie," the wisecracking spitfire) are spending their golden years together in a wicker-filled bungalow in Miami. But when gay pop superstar Ricky Martin moves next door, his loud outdoor sex parties keep the quartet of cheesecake-loving retirees awake. The solution pits the gays against the girls at the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show: if the women win, then no more sex parties; if the gays garner top prize, the sassy seniors must serve as the party's clean-up crew. Singing, dancing and hilarity ensues!
Thank You For Being A Friend: A Golden Girls Musical Parody will play every Sunday at NYC's Cutting Room (44 East 32 Street between Lexington and Park) from September 25-November 20. Click here for tickets!
1. This fall, your show, Thank You For Being A Friend, A Golden Girls Musical Parody, will be returning for it's 4th limited run, but this time playing at The Cutting Room. What are you looking forward to about this run of the show? I'm most excited about some new songs we've written for this run. I think they are really funny. Plus to see audience members play "THE ULTIMATE GOLDEN GIRLS TRIVIA CHALLENGE", this fun game show we've created before the show starts.
2. What initially made you want to write a Golden Girls parody as a musical? When did you go, "This would make for a great musical?" Did the idea come while you were watching the show? If so, during which episode did it come? We wrote a 10 min skit for a benefit that was taking place at a bar in midtown and the audience ate up every second of it. For the next two weeks I'd run into people who saw it and they all wanted to know if it was a show....six months later it was.
3. How do you feel the show has grown with each new run? It's just gotten funnier. The audience is your true teacher. They've helped us realized where the major laughs are and where they aren't.
4. I know two of the actors in this run, Charles Baron and Joshua Warr. Both really great actors and guys! But, what do you like most about this cast? Why did you cast each guy in their respective roles of "Dorthea," "Blanchette," "Roz," and "Sophie"? Well Charles just had "Dorothea's" voice down from day one. I knew the audience would love that in him. Josh has a naturally flirtatious vibe that I thought would be great for "Blanchette," and Michael Valvo who plays "Sophie" is just a great performer....All 5 feet of him.
5. I saw the 2014 run of Thank You For Being A Friend at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What a fun time I had! Now, I loved it because it was like reliving so many of my favorite "Golden Girl" moments. But, for someone who has never seen or heard about The Golden Girls (is that even possible??), why should they come see this show? Not having any previous knowledge, how do you think this show will still appeal to them? You know, I think it could. I think it's fun and colorful and is a bit of 1980's blast from the past. The last run at the Beechman we had all kinds of audience members who had fun but had no prior knowledge of The Golden Girls.
6. If you had to choose five episodes of The Golden Girls to watch on a repetitive loop, which episodes would you choose? Well, I always gravitate to the ones where the girls are competing with each other or where it's focusing on them interacting with each other. The Competition, when all the girls compete in a bowling tournament...The Actor, all three girls are dating a TV actor who comes to Miami to star in a production of Picnic...The Artist, when "Blanche," "Rose," and "Dorothy" are posing for a famous sculptor...Ladies of the Night, when the girls get thrown in jail after being mistaken for prostitutes...and Grab that Dough, when the girls travel to Los Angeles to appear on a game show.
7. What's your favorite cheesecake? D) all of the above.
8. In 2009, I had the honor of getting to interview Rue McClanahan. If you could have interviewed Rue, what would you have wanted to ask her? I would have loved to ask her to tell stories about working on Maude or Mamma's Family. I love behind the curtain/backstage stories like that.
9. There was an ad that came through my Facebook feed to order a mug with the following: "Live like Rose, Dress like Blanche, Think like Dorothy, and Speak like Sophia." If you had to live by these sayings, how would you "Live like Rose, Dress like Blanche, Think like Dorothy, and Speak like Sophia"? Staying positive is how I would live like "Rose," wearing fabulous nightgowns every night is how I would dress like "Blanche," always learning new things is how I would think like "Dorothy," and telling the hard truth is how I'd talk like "Sophia."
10. Which Golden Girl are you most like? I think like most people I'm a combination of all of them which is what makes the show so appealing.