Joel Markowitz talks with James Gardiner and Nick Blaemire
Recorded by Gene Dickerson
They are 23, and in a few days, their first musical, begun when they were 19, opens at Signature Theatre. These are the glory days for James Gardiner and Nick Blaemire, co-authors of the new musical Glory Days, about life after high school for four friends. Listen in as this newest generation of musical writers tell us how their story of high school friendships all came together, how they kept it going as their acting careers took off, and their advice for other young writers.
“When I heard the score from Glory Days at the Kennedy Center and the fringe festival last year, I walked out of the theatre and started humming some of the songs. How rare is that these days? Something inside my brain kept telling me all year that this show was going to make it.
Well, you can imagine how thrilled I was schmoozing with James Gardiner and Nick Blaemire at Signature Theatre – during a rehearsal – about their journey of creating Glory Days – the ups and downs, the rewrites, the long distance faxing of new lines and lyrics and songs, and their immense respect for each other.
So, enjoy this podcast, and for you young musical composers and book writers – listen carefully. There are great lessons to be learned from these two talented guys. Best of luck James and Nick!”