Minutes after accepting their standing ovations, their Scottish accents still on the tips of their tongues, the stars of the new bound-for-NYC musical Rooms: A Rock Musicalsat down with Joel to talk about the show, the characters they play, and take us behind the scene of this new Paul Scott Goodman musical, directed by Scott Schwartz and musical direction by Jenny Cartney.
No one knows Rooms or its creators better than Natascia Diaz, recently seen in th\e starring role of Signature’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, who originated the role at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. “Monica is a fictional representation of Paul Scott Goodman. …He is a rampantly creative poet, an effervescent explosive comet of energy and creativity.”
Doug Kreeger debuts in the role of Ian Wallace. “He is just what we were missing.” Natascia tells us. Doug says of Ian: “It’s about pushing his boundaries, stepping out of his comfort zone, and getting out of his room mentally and emotionally and physically, and letting this weirdo get into his life…”
If you haven’t seen Rooms yet, you’re probably wondering about the music. Doug described the Euro-’70s score best: “It’s crazy and unique and the styles of music beautifully reflect our journey…at the end, it becomes a rock opera..”
This is ultimately a musical about a relationship. How’s the chemistry? Hear for yourself in this free flowing conversation, with the MetroStage band joining in on some selections which they kindly allowed us to record.