My brother quit his job as a high-flying lawyer in San Francisco to write musical theater, and he's doing well in his new career. His first original show, Insignificant Others--I'm not counting something he wrote with the quaintly 80s title Upwardly Mobile while at Stanford--just nabbed a nomination for best original script from the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle. Says Jay:
This honor comes as a total surprise, especially considering the musical was still in workshop in 2006 and has not had its commercial release yet. In fact, we didn't even know we would be up for consideration or that any BATCC members came to see the show. (They usually don't attend workshops or in-concerts.)
The other nominees in this category are Morris Bobrow for Shopping! The Musical (now in its 10th month at the Shelton Theatre in Union Square) and Stew and Heidi Rodewald for Passing Strange at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Curiously, Vanities by David Kirshenbaum (world premiere at Theatreworks) was not nominated, and that show is moving to Off-Broadway soon.
In any event, we are very happy with this unexpected recognition by this body. (Incidentally, Homeland was not up for consideration given its limited four day run at the end of the year.)
The little fucker's always been more talented than I. His stuff is very moving. If you're in the Bay Area and get a chance to see any of his shows, do go. Funny how we once played together in what was, bar none, the world's worst rock band, called Fallout.