[Editor's Note: Once a month we have a producer or artistic director take you behind the curtain, into the rehearsal process, and backstage to illuminate more the of Broadway's Next Hit Musical process. This month it's co-artistic director, co-producer, and cast member Deb Rabbai]
Soak it up and Say Yes
It’s summer! If you’re a working adult and you’re not a student in school the summer may feel like just another chunk of time where you adhere to your daily routine with the difference being that it gets warmer. Or, if you have kids, they are now at camp or home all the time.
For me, this summer has been unique. While I don’t have kids and I’m not a student, this was the first summer in a very long time where I’d not had as much work in front of me as I usually do. I admit that initially when I found out my regular summer gig was not going to happen I was filled with a little bit of dread and worry about how to pay my bills. But then I remembered something from my past and chose a different way to think about things.
I decided to look at this with different eyes; improvisational eyes. Embrace the new and unknown and trust that I will figure something out and that I can work with what I’ve got. I know that I will earn more money in my lifetime. I’m certain of this. I decided that this imposed “employment vacation” would leave room for some unexpected opportunity to come forward or for me to clean my apartment. It’s funny how I NEVER have time to clean my apartment, no matter what.
When I was in my twenties, just a few years ago (ahem) my summer schedule was often quite open. I didn’t have a lot of work. I was certainly seeking work but in fact was pretty unemployed. I also remember that those summers were the times where I was able to ruminate. I had the brain space to think about nothing and just experience each day, noticing the details, watching people, eating my meals, connecting with friends, paying my bills, seeing shows, answering emails, visiting family, imagining my future etc. What a gift! I rarely get to do these things when I’m working solidly. I’m usually too tired to do anything extra. As the summer is now coming to a close I admit that my apartment still needs work - it probably always will - but I did have the time and energy to scrub it. I also cooked, picked strawberries, attended a pow wow, spent time reconnecting with friends, auditioned more, and spent time with my family. Also, I could think about what I want the next chunk of time to look and feel like. Say yes and see what comes next.
Listen to Deb Rabbai improvise in Broadway's Next Hit Musical
When we perform for young audiences the show changes quite a bit - or do is? Rob Schiffmann discusses how we think we need to perform for children, versus what they can actually grasp.
Producer Rob Schiffmann addresses if improvisers should use the most obvious choice, and how one reaction can save an entire story.
Producer Ralph Buckley interviews an audience member who has seen the show dozens of times to find out when he was hooked, why he keeps coming back, and his favorite moments.
Producer Greg Triggs remembers a sign an auto mechanic gave him that his career was headed in the right direction.
Producer, performer, co-artistic director Rob Schiffmann shares how rustic accommodations can make for better shows.
Producer, performer, co-artistic director Rob Schiffmann talks about taking the reins on the wild beast that is producing Broadway's Next Hit Musical.
Producer and performer Greg Triggs shares his insights for staying focused after 25+ years improvising.
Producer Deb Rabbai - a native Upper West Sider - shares some of her favorite places to duck into before a show at the Triad.
Producer Rob Schiffmann kvetches about the official Broadway's Next Hit Musical merchandise. Even the new stuff!
Producer Ralph Buckley breaks down how the four BNHM producers/improvisers use the rules of improv to guide their process.
Producer and performer Greg Triggs shares his small life hack for making all of the travel for Broadway's Next bearable.
Producer, director, and performer Deb Rabbai shares how she got through a summer with less acting work than usual.
Producer, director, and performer Rob Schiffmann looks back on decades of improvising. "The amazing thing about this 'life in improv' is how it has changed me as a person and how it affects my life on a daily basis."
Ah, the holiday season has arrived. Jack Frost is nipping at our nose. Sleigh bells are ringing. In the meadow, there is a snowman.
And there is one reason above all to celebrate this time of year. It is, of course...
The People's Choice, the Golden Globes, the Critic's Choice, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA, Grammys, Independent Spirit, the Academy Awards, and of course, the most prestigious award show of them all:
The Broadway's Next Hit Musical PHONY awards!