Despite being “a little left over from what everyone else is doing on Broadway” astounded 9 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Original Score earned – and deservedly – a huge haul. playwright robert horn Grammy Award winning country music songwriter brought Shane McAnally And brandy clark joined the project nearly ten years ago, inspired to create a country music-oriented Broadway musical that told the story of “Outliers”. “I knew I wanted to make a show about a small town that believed what they believed, but was inclusive within their community. There was a little bit of everything, but they didn’t want anyone to tell them how he had to live his life and cut himself off from the outside world, recalled Horn in an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife For Tony Contender series. “I needed a crop that would grow tall and take off their walls … and corn was the obvious thing.”
Horn worked together on the score with Brandy and Shane to craft a hilarious script that’s filled with dad jokes, funny truths, sniffle-laugh moments, and a lot of heart that is part of the LGBTQ+ community. identify as , yet have made careers out of it. conservative country music industry. “I just fell in love with them,” Horn recalled. “They are out, proud gay artists within this conservative world of country music, and I don’t know that I’ve ever worked on a project that was this collaborative and that’s really a testament to our director, Jack O’BrienWho wanted to involve everyone in every decision.
the playwright accepted astoundedThe comedy-heavy script and country-leaning score make the musical a bit different from a traditional Broadway musical, but that may be the secret to its success. “We’re coming out of a really dark time, and I think in terms of community, globally, I think we want to laugh and we want to connect with a story where we feel like something.” Let’s do what we’re feeling.” collectively as a community. That’s what the show is about,” Horn told HL. “The show is about community and family and accepting those people to grow as people, as a city, as a country. learning that are different from yours.”
He continued, “We always say astoundedWe’re not going to solve the world’s problems, but if we can help fix it a little bit, that’s perfect. And I’ve always believed, and I’ve had a long career doing this, that if you can make people laugh, you can start conversations.
Robert Horn is part of HollywoodLife’s Tony Contenders series, in which we interview the biggest current stars on Broadway who are contenders for the upcoming Tony Awards on June 11, 2023.
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