PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Todd Graff, Writer and Director of Cult Film "Camp," Picks Influential Show Tunes
02 Oct 2013
"Every Day A Little Death" from A Little Night Music. Okay, I had a dark side as a child. At 11 or 12 years old, I cut school, took the subway by myself from Queens to Manhattan, and saw a Wednesday matinee of the original production of Night Music. I was so outraged that Pippin didn't win the Tony for Best Musical that year, I simply HAD to see who dared to beat it. Oh. My. God. That set. The birch trees. Those performances. And the brutal poetry of this song. Indelible.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.