WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?
SHOW YOUR FACES DAMMIT!
(of course we are speaking post-Ferris Bueller)
I may or may not actually be Howard Kissel
Update: Probably Not Howard Kissel
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"When I was kid, I wasn't into the theatre. It wasn't anything I wanted to do. I was a political science major in college. But I did a musical in my senior year of high school, I was in the gifted program, I was president of the Spanish Club for two years running, but I did a musical because I just was like, "I gotta do something in high school that other kids do before I leave." And I did My Fair Lady. Okay? I was Freddy Eynsford-Hill. And I was awful. But there was something about that form of expression that I found really exciting. I remember the first time I ever saw the Tony Awards was when Les Mis was performing their number. And I didn't know that you could sort of do that with music theatre. It was, "Do you hear the people sing?," the end of the first act. I found it incredibly exciting. And it was this dramatic material; I didn't know you could do that. And when I got into college I started studying theatre, as a respite for my political science courses. Now when I went to college I had some amazing professors. I had Hume Cronyn as a professor, I had Zoe Caldwell as a professor, I had â€“ on his last good days â€“ Joshua Logan. And all of my teachers were like lions in the theatre in the â€˜50s and â€˜60s. So I got this huge rush of information about classic theatre from all of these brilliant people. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf! Edward Albee was a professor, a directing teacher of mine for a semester at my university. I would say Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? was the play that really changed my full conception of what the theatre is and could be. That was the most moving thing I had ever read. I was an Albee freak when I was in college. And an Arthur Kopit freak, I just loved the dissonance in what they wrote. The fact that they could satirize society the way that they were in entertainment form, just struck me in such a way that that's what I always try to do, no matter what I'm doing: whether it be a light piece of musical comedy or a darker musical, and I've done them all. But I always love the idea of that satirizing society; it's just brilliant to me."Mine was Fiddler On The Roof. Not the show, but the cassette: