"It Could Be Worse," Starry New Web Series With Wesley Taylor, Alison Fraser and More, Screens Weekly on Playbill.com
By Kenneth Jones
Episodes of "It Could Be Worse," a new showbiz-minded, scripted web comedy series co-created and written by longtime actor-collaborators Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) and Wesley Taylor ("Smash," The Addams Family), featuring a host of theatre actors, will debut every Friday on Playbill.com, beginning with Episode 3 on Feb. 15.
The new episodes — about the life and career of hapless actor Jacob Gordon, played by Taylor — will simultaneously launch Fridays on itcouldbeworse.tv, where the series premiered on Feb. 1.
"It Could Be Worse" stars Taylor as actor Jacob Gordon, Adam Chanler-Berat as Ben Farrel, two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser as stage star Veronica Bailey, Gideon Glick as Jacob's boyfriend Phillip Klein, Jarvis as agent Sam Atkinson, Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel as Jacob's mother Judy Gordon, Richard Poe as Jacob's father Leo Gordon and Audra McDonald as Jacob's shrink.
Here are Episodes 1 & 2:
In "It Could Be Worse," according to the creators' notes, "actor Jacob Gordon (Wesley Taylor) can't seem to catch a break. Victimized by the grueling rejections of an ugly business, horny parents exploring their mid-life crisis, and a delusional boyfriend who needs constant babysitting, Jacob is lost. He tries to be 'good' and not give in to temptations. He tries to be 'open' and have an understanding of the people around him... but at the end of the day, Jacob Gordon is a doormat. His epic streak of bad luck might just change, however, when he gets cast in the new Broadway musical The Ice Queen — playing opposite stage and screen royalty Veronica Bailey."
Series co-creators Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor met while working together in the original Broadway cast of Rock of Ages. Throughout the past four years, together they have produced original web content including "Rock of Ages Productions," "Network General: Los Angeles," "Ken Burns Softball," "The Sardi's Redemption," "A Rockwork Orange" and their most successful venture to date, "Billy Green."
"In 'Billy Green,' everyone played the straight man to my shtick," said Taylor in a previous statement. "This time, we've turned that all around. Everyone else in the world is 'off' and our protagonist is the one who lives in reality."
The series features original music by Lauren Molina and Scott Bradlee.
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