We recently had a chance to sit down with our very own Cabaret Fundraiser playwright, Laura Bidgood. This year's theme is Another Lyric Arts Salute to Broadway Musicals We Can't Afford to Produce. Laura gave us the inside scoop on this year's show. The excitement here is palpable! LA: You’ve written a few of these scripts now, how do you keep it interesting to yourself and the audience?
LB: It's easy to keep it interesting because every year we have a slightly different theme and a different group of performers which makes it a fun challenge to tackle. Every script seems to have it's own personality that comes through as it is being written. I also keep it interesting by challenging myself to try and top what I wrote the year before.
LA: Is it hard to write a sequel?
LB: This is the first time I have ever written a sequel and I didn't want to fall into the trap of the "sequel curse" like we have seen with such movies as Ghostbusters 2, Speed 2 and the Scream movies 2 through 6. So honestly, it's been a little difficult, but I love a good challenge and I think this year is going to be even better than last year!
LA: What’s the hardest part about writing the Cabaret script?
LB: The hardest part for me in the writing process is just getting started. It's just that initial work of researching and deciding and then honing in on the central theme, idea and feel of the show that I find difficult. There are so many fun angles and directions a show can take that I get so excited, that I want to incorporate them all! Taking a step back and focusing my vision for the show takes the most time. I spend a lot of hours thinking about a script and planning it out before I actually get down to writing it. Once the actual writing takes places it goes along pretty easy and that's when the real fun begins!
LA: So what is new and fun?
LB: We have an exciting new cast for this year! A solid line up of some of Broadway's biggest hits that we cannot possibly afford to produce...yet and some of the funniest dialogue I've ever written!
LA: Any teasers? A mystery to be on the watch for?
I can't really give anything away, you'll have to make sure you get a ticket for the cabaret, but I will say that the audience will have a chance this year to get in on the action on stage and play a critical part in how the show shapes up!