Posted by Downstage Dish
March 5, 2013 at 23:00
Dissention in the ranks? That's the 411 from "Bombshell."
Sources tell Act Break that Broadway's own Will and Grace - the perpetually joined-at-the-hip Tom Levitt and Julia Houston - are at odds over the musical's direction, specifically the ever-beleaguered book. Word is, director Derek Wills and the show's new super-producer, Jerry Rand, are also at loggerheads. Downstage Dish thinks it's a dire consequence of Eileen Rand's absence in the rehearsal room.
So what's all the brouhaha about? Seems it's the age-old question of art vs. entertainment, with both the old and new Houston books in contention. We hear Levitt and Jerry Rand want the older, lighter version that's more of a spectacle, while Houston and Will want the new take - a bold, analytic approach in which Marilyn Monroe is seen through the perspective of the men in her life. By all accounts, the new book was well-liked at a recent read-through, but that may not be enough.
Downstage Dish wishes the book could be a combination of the two - an intelligent spectacle, fun but with a voice. However, the time for that collaboration seems to have passed...