|Cole Porter, a great musical songwriter|
However, all my (mis)perceptions regarding those who work outside of theater changed when I moved to New York. It was not a lack of interest for my previous home and its worker bees, I realized, it was a lack of options. Theater, and cultural pursuits in general, are readily available here. You have to actively ignore them to remain oblivious. So people have a basic comprehension. Why, one of the heads of our department hums classical music, operas, symphonies, and show tunes as he passes our maze of cubicles. One coworker of mine is preparing to sing Cole Porter hits for a family party and I can hum any portion of the chorus of any movie or stage musical and she can finish it up. My boss knows theater better than anyone I've yet met - and I know people whose jobs require them to stay up on the industry - and she can chat about it just as easily as she can answer my questions about a work-related deliverable. Even my just-out-of-college coworkers - boys with libation-heavy weekends, rotating girlfriends, and long days in the office - can throw out a just-revived show, ask if its worth getting tickets to.
It has been so eye-opening, and so fabulous, for me. Because this is just the way it is. No one is making extra efforts, no one is trying to impress. They're just being their workplace selves, and for the first time, my home self and my work self don't have to stay quite so separate.
|Stephen Sondheim, another great musical composer|
|Rodgers & Hammerstein, I think you know these greats|
|Andrew Lippa, the composer of "The Wild Party"|
|Rupert Holmes, the composer of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"|