How the Feverish Imaginations of Jonathan Larson, Rusty Magee and Friends Birthed the Musical "Sacred Cows"

By Jonathon Collis
04 Mar 2013

Rusty Magee

Meanwhile, back at BMI, Workshop director Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) suggested his own candidates, leading Goodman to invite Jeremy Roberts — known as musical supervisor of Jekyll & Hyde, then working in-studio with Frank Wildhorn and as Linda Eder's musical director — to come on board.

Goodman also knew Rusty Magee (who would subsequently write The Green Heart and Ubu Rock), a composer working the commercial and comedy scenes including an extended run as musical director at the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar, which he ran in partnership with Lewis Black and Rand Foerster, and where he first met Goodman. While production of Magee's new Off-Broadway musicalization of Moliere's Scapin would take him away from the project at times, he served as Goodman's unofficial second in command at Multi Media Musicals.

Also participating was Bob Golden ("Sesame Street," and later TV's "Insomniac with Dave Attell" and Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11"), another up-and-comer, already working in television and playing in a band with David Yazbek (who later scored The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Adam Guettel (who was then working on Floyd Collins). A mutual friend at BMI would introduce Golden to Goodman and the workshop. Golden decided to take a chance on the project, seeing it as a learning experience to work with stage composers, an area largely outside his professional interest.