FROM Thomas Kail
Thomas Kail, director of 'Grease: Live' As Grease: Live opens, performer Jessie J sings “Grease is the Word” as she winds her way through bustling high school sets, backstage hallways, dressing rooms and even outdoors in one long, single shot. That dynamic opening set the pace for the rest of the live production, which premiered on Fox in January of this year. Grease: Live is the most recent production in a spate of musical revivals embraced by broadcast networks in search of the high ratings that come with live events. More than 12 million people tuned in to watch Rydell High’s Sandy and Danny, played by Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit, reminisce on those summer nights, be born to hand jive, and of course, experience an electrifying carnival connection. Grease: Live is a technically complex production that’s constantly in motion. Cameras follow a large cast over multiple locations and incorporate an audience that’s actually sitting on set. The show received 10 Emmy nominations, including one for our guest, director Thomas Kail. Kail is also the Tony-winning director of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway juggernaut Hamilton. Before that, he directed Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights. When Kail recently talked to host of The Business, Kim Masters, he recalled that his very first encounter with Miranda--while they were both students at Wesleyan--wasn’t exactly positive. Fortunately, they would go on to reconnect after Kail graduated.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."