Robert L. Freedman, writer of the Tony Award winning musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, spoke with the Pickwyck about his beginnings, what inspires him and what it is like to be a part of the phenomenon that is GGLAM!
How did you first get involved in theater? What was your first memory of theater?
You wrote the 1997 movie, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (which is a personal favorite of ours, if I may say so). What was that experience like?
You also produced and wrote the screenplay for Lorna Luft's memoir, "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows." Could you tell us a bit about that process?
Do you find it more difficult to write screenplays or writing for theater?
Was there a specific work that made you want to pursue this career?
Do you have to have a clear mind in order to write? How do you get your inspiration?
Who are you inspired by? (Fellow writers, composers?)
Who would you like to collaborate with?
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is based off of the novel, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal. Did you find it difficult adapting the concept of this story for the stage?
What first attracted you to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder?
This show has gained a huge fan base, how do you feel about the reception to the it?
What do you feel is the message of this show?
We must say congratulations on the Tony, it was well deserved. GGLAM is truly a wonderful production. How did you feel when the show won the award?
In our research, we discovered you had written, or are writing, the book for Camp Rock: The Musical. Could you elaborate a bit on that project?
Do you have any other upcoming projects that you can tell us about?