When I first heard about “A Very Brady Musical,” I couldn’t wait to audition. Now admittedly, my father, Lloyd J. Schwartz, did co-write and is directing the show. And my grandfather, Sherwood Schwartz, did create the original series. But just like millions of people across the world, I happen to love the show. And trust me, I did not get the normal treatment of nepotism. In fact, seeing some of my own family among the faces of the audition panel was incredibly nerve-wracking. In my five-minute audition I had to convince a room full of people that I was the best one for the part, regardless of my association. Within days the cast was set. I could not have been more excited to land the role of Peter Brady.
In theatre, abnormalities and the unexpected are normal and expected. The actor cast as Greg had to drop out, and I was chosen as the replacement. I took off my Peter wig and put on my identical Greg wig. I was ready. I realized some very important aspects of the character. Greg is old and wise through the eyes of Bobby, Cindy, and the rest of the gang. Yet, he is still naïve and confused when it comes down to surviving in the real world. He has a lot to learn but is completely willing to learn it.
The original television series is a combination of everyday obstacles and important family values. In “A Very Brady Musical,” you can definitely anticipate obstacles and values; only up the stakes and get ready to see a whole different, adult side of the lovable family. The first reading of this musical did not fail to shock the cast or production staff. The libretto is fresh and bold and the score is catchy and fun. Rehearsals are well under way and the entire show is coming together very nicely.
I’m learning a lot through this process. Ironically, I am the youngest kid in the cast, while portraying the oldest. Then again, in this musical, anything goes! Brady fans will absolutely adore it – that’s a guarantee. I’m 18; I grew up in the nineties. And yet, I giggle at every reference and find myself caught up in the dangerously happy world of the Bradys. I hope everyone gets a chance to see this world premiere filled with a terrific cast and crew, a brand new script and score, and wigs…lots and lots of wigs.
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