“What’s it like to write a musical?” has been a pretty common question since I announced that I am writing More Than This in January. So I thought I’d answer. Writing an original musical (not based on a book, movie, TV show, story, or other type of previously existing idea) is like a lot of things, including:
-Feeding a teenaged boy
-Being a teenaged boy
-The perfect merging of my three most favorite activates in life: talking, eating, and spending time with people I love.
-Invigorating. After 15 years of making music for a certain purpose (my albums), I get to make music for a new purpose and figure out how to use my talents in this new way. It’s the kindest thing you can do for a career artist, give them the space to be renewed.
-Amazing. Ideas are everywhere. This show WILL win the Tony’s.
-Awful. I’m out of ideas. This show sucks.
-Complete abandonment of your previously-held ideas of how much time writing a musical should/will take.