Episode 161 – Tony Award Winner Richard Maltby, Jr.
When Richard Maltby, Jr. was asked to put together a revue for Manhattan Theatre Club, he said “yes,” even though he didn’t know what that actually meant.
But he did it, and not too much later he was collecting a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for Ain’t Misbehavin’, a revue that he conceived.
He went on to do more of those, including one of his own, a work with longtime collaborator David Shire, called Closer Than Ever, which was what all the kids listened to and auditioned with back in the 90’s (including this former Actor turned Producer/Blogger).
Revues weren’t the only thing up his writing sleeves, however. Richard wrote lyrics for Miss Saigon (ever heard of it) and Baby, as well as the book and lyrics for The Pirate Queen and many more.
We talk about all the huge hats he has worn over the years, as well as . . .
- Now what? (What to do when your first show out is a big fat success)
- Why the collaboration process on Miss Saigon was one of the favorites of his career.
- How the revue has morphed into the jukebox musical, and what he thinks of the current lot.
- An old idea for new writers to get attention that still works today.
- What he thinks of the new “style” of musical theater.
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