Ep. 20: Glasgow Lyman & Jeff Rosick
These two writers and actors join the podcast to talk about their new show...WE NEED THIS MUSICAL TO STOP US FROM KILLING OURSELVES: THE MUSICAL! (Oh yes, it's a mouthful.)
But Glasgow is more than just a writer, by day he works as a licensed therapist, applying the work of Dr. John Sarno to patients with chronic pain and TMS. Before that he was a farmer, shepherd, and set decorator for Playboy. And we definitely talk about all that!
Jeff has had a more traditional path in the arts by getting a degree in theater, composing commercial jingles, and having a recurring character on the hit TV show FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
They talk about the creative process in creating this new musical for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and then being asked to come to NYC and perform their show at the Soho Playhouse. But the writing process certainly wasn't smooth sailing, and they share the twists and turns that finally gave them a show worthy of production.
But it is when they talk about themselves that we really get a glimpse of what drives these two and keeps them motivated beyond the "glitz and glamour" of the stage.
DIRECT FROM THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL AFTER WINNING THE PRODUCERS ENCORE AWARD & AND THE TOP 10 BEST OF FRINGE. NOW INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE SOHO PLAYHOUSE AS PART OF THE FRINGE ENCORE SERIES!
WE NEED THIS MUSICAL TO STOP US FROM KILLING OURSELVES: THE MUSICAL! is an irreverent musical comedy (think Avenue Q and Book of Mormon) about a frustrated therapist who is strong-armed into creating a musical with two suicidal patients, Sarah, a struggling singer, and Mitchell, a failing actor. Nothing goes quite right, however, and their aspirations for success must take a backseat to their newfound life-saving friendship.
While the story deals with difficult topics (depression, anxiety, suicide) in a playful, silly way, the intent of the show is to make these difficult subjects more palatable and encourage conversation.