The cast included Tom Aldredge, Pat Hingle, Jerry Lanning, Brent Spiner, Macintyre Dixon, Michael McCormick, and the list goes on. It was, imho, the greatest collection of character actors on Broadway, including some leading men like Gregg Edelman, Paul Michael Valley, Michael Cumpsty, and Merwin Foard. It was unlike any rehearsal period I had experienced to date. We were instructed as to where our seat in Congress was and then given free rein to move about as we saw fit; filing papers, conferring with our fellow congressmen, getting on with the business of government, all the while trying to avoid the discussion of this ridiculous and radical notion of “independence.” I learned a valuable lesson from Scott that I carry with me today: casting is 90% of a director’s job.
We spent days working with, and learning from, a revolutionary scholar... Her knowledge and insight were extremely valuable in understanding the reality of this mythic and iconic situation, putting a real face on these historical figures. Having the best book ever written for a musical, we relished the details of the scene work. It also has the longest book scene without a song in any musical. The genius of the writing became evident as each audience sat on the edge of their seats in suspense, waiting for the outcome they all knew, from elementary school American History, was inevitable.
|Broadway Revival Cast. David is in the right of the frame in white wig.|