Tuesday, January 28, 2014
"WAITRESS" MUSICAL IS BREWING
Today, 37-year-old Keri Russell rides her bike in New York City with her toddler son tucked in behind her, going to auditions, shopping for her household, doing what a wife, mom, and actress does.
There she was in the "Waitress" video that was delivered to my husband, John Cullum a few days ago, sent by a producer who loves John's work, and is transforming the film into a stsge musical.
Because of Keri's talent and an unusual plot that got us rooting for infidelity, John and I were riveted on the film -- then -- wow, we focused on legendary actor, Andy Griffith, who played a fatherly customer, a granddaddy who loved the way the waitress treated him as if he were family.
Yesterday, at a backer's audition, John "read" the Griffith role. (Yes, I know all about it -- I'm tucked into everything on his schedule as he auditions, shops, does benefits, works on his own projects -- does what husband, dad, legendary Broadway star John Cullum does between jobs.).
Hey -- is this musical going to happen? The producers have had music written for it that John liked; the role is a perfect role for him; the other actor-singers at the audition were "Very talented, very interesting," John thought; yes, this is the way musicals go from "this is a fun idea" into a multi-million dollar show on Broadway.
Successful producers (like legendary actors and actresses. who need another big break), need to fall in love with an idea, and venture back in the world of raising major money with a passionate belief and fearless defiance of failure probabilities. (Every year, umpteen new shows try to raise money and fade away along the way.) So, will there be more backers' readings? Will the producers phone and talk contract with John's agent?
I'm tucked in on the back of the vehicle -- bike, scooter or stretch limo -- I want to see John -- hear him and that wonderful voice -- in a new hit show. I'm hoping (not praying -- praying doesn't help as much as a smart-producer with an almost childlike belief in the project) -- but with crossed fingers, I'-got big hopes for this project.
Keri and a girl from the movie, discuss working with Andy Griffith.