"It's You I Like": 2010 Tony Nominee Scanlan Says Rapture Star Scott Was Perfect Working Partner

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Dick Scanlan, who co-wrote the book and lyrics for the Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, was nominated again this year for co-authoring the book of the critically acclaimed Everyday Rapture with Sherie Rene Scott, who also stars in the new musical.

Dick Scanlan
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Scanlan told Playbill.com that working with singer-actress Scott, who was also nominated for her performance in Rapture, was "extraordinary because the nature of the piece was such that we needed to and wanted to forge a very, very intimate connection where we could speak about virtually anything. So you have that on the one hand, and on the other hand, you have a performer and a co-writer who is so staggeringly gifted that, no matter what we thought of for her to play or do or try, she can do it as well as it can possibly be done. So you've got anything on the menu you want to choose from to tell your story, and that's really extraordinary. In a sense, it's like working with Sutton Foster. It's like working with someone who can do anything, so you just figure, 'Well, what if you did this and what if you did that?' It's a great luxury to work with people who are so unbelievably gifted."

About his latest Tony nomination Scanlan said, "Honestly, I [was] still getting used to the idea that Everyday Rapture is coming to Broadway. The fact that we're already on Broadway and have opened and now are Tony-nominated is so startling to me because it's all happened so quickly. It was 42 days ago today that we got the call, so I'm still getting used to the fact that this is happening, and now to be Tony-nominated for it is just thrilling. It's a real honor. I grew up watching the Tony Awards and wanting to be one of those people that is nominated for Tony Awards, and it's lovely to be one."

Everyday Rapture — part satire of showbiz ego and part rueful examination of an artist's roots — plays the American Airlines Theatre.

Lindsey Mendez, Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe
Lindsey Mendez, Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe
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