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.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.