Q&A with Ashley Gardner Carlson (Choreographer): “[title of show” is so funny and so entertaining

How do you explain what “[title of show]” is?
I just repeat what is written in the show, “It’s a musical about two guys writing a musical.” 

What do you find most appealing about the show?
It’s clever. The lyrics and lines are so conversational; it’s like watching people in real time rather than people part of a show. In that way, you as an audience member almost feel like you are also a character in the story. 

“[title of show]” is not a “dance musical,” yet you are the choreographer for the show. What elements of choreography are you bring to “[title of show]”?
The “dancing” is all about how to highlight what they are already saying but with both literal and figurative ways. I use movement to also make a lot of jokes land. It’s amazing what seeing the physical interpretation of a line does to the joke. 

What character do you find most fun to work with?
I love Hunter. He’s the silliest and has some of the best material. 

What would be the title of the show that you would write about?
This is a hard one. I watch movies and have thought many times, “This would make a great musical,” but I never have come up with my own idea as to a show. A novel? Yes. A play? No. 

What aspect of the production process excites you the most?
Seeing the show all put together and having all the elements (costumes, lighting, blocking, choreography) work seamlessly.

Why do you recommend your friends see “[title of show]”?
It’s unique. We see a lot of “Joseph…Dreamcoat” and “Les Miz” around here. This musical is so funny and so entertaining. If you loved the cleverness of “The Book of Mormon: The Musical” or “Avenue Q,” you’ll love “[title of show].”