I just returned from London where I directed and choreographed PROM 59: The Broadway Sound for BBC Two. I had a marvelous time creating a surprise finale number called “Tap Your Troubles Away” (from the musical, Mack and Mabel). It was a great, big, fun, old-fashioned tap extravaganza and I was fortunate enough to work with 14 fantastic young tappers who knocked it out of the park in only 3 rehearsals! Leading them was the phenomenally talented Anna-Jane Casey. She was a total star and a gift to me from the Musical Theater gods. It was a televised event at The Royal Albert Hall – a gorgeous, 5,000 seat stadium. Sadly, we in America can’t tune in to BBC Two due to BBC regulations. But here is a short clip from YouTube that they have posted:
It was an absolute blast reuniting with a good friend and an incredible conductor, John Wilson. He’s a majorly gifted talent and a lover of classic musicals. A true genius. Also… I got the chance to work with one of my all time favorite entertainers – the creator of “Family Guy”, Seth McFarlaine. What a joy it was getting to work with him. Hope to be able to do it again someday!