The 2009 Tony nominee for Best Book of a Musical — for [title of show] — told Playbill.com at the recent Tony nominees press reception, "[The Tony Awards are] something I watched as a kid. I looked at that box, and I wanted to be in that world. I wanted to crawl in there and be with Angela Lansbury and Kathleen Turner. I have a videotape of the greatest Tony moments that I compiled myself — a VHS tape! It starts with The Act with Liza and goes up to Mystery of Edwin Drood. There are some good years represented there. So [the Tony Awards] was this thing that was a passion, so to be part of it in a real way is totally surreal."
Bell may be the only member of the show's cast or creative team nominated for a Tony Award, but the writer-actor said he will "gladly wave the flag and support the team."
"The bittersweetness," Bell added, "is I love Jeff [Bowen]'s score. I think we all deserve to be here. From Acme Sound to Larry [Pressgrove]'s arrangement's to Michael [Berresse]'s direction to the girls' [Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell] performances. I want everybody to be here because I believe in it."
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As for future projects, Tony nominee Bell said, "Jeff and I are working on another project that we're out in Los Angeles for . . . [and] we're writing the show for the Rosie cruise. That one is Out Loud and Proud . . . And, we're creating '[title of show] Show' stuff, and then we're out there just sniffing around. You're stuck with us. You won't see the last of us," he laughed.