Yale is a crazy place. Not only do we get to learn from great artists like Ming Cho Lee, David Budries, and Jennifer Tipton, but those artists also bring in their friends and colleagues. Today David brought Abe Jacob to talk with us.
He talked about many different subjects ranging from his work on the Tony nominating committee, to working as Jimi Hendrix's sound man as part of his work at McCune audio, to working with Bob Fossi on Pippin and Chicago.
But what really stuck out to me was his thoughts on theatre and the audience. Back in the 60s and 70s the audience was there to see the piece of theatre. They were there to hear the story of Pippin, of A Chorus Line, of Les Miserables, they were there because they wanted to be told a story. Now the audience comes to see a spectacle or celebrity they already love. I think we need to start selling the audience on the stories again.