‘Shucked’ co-composer Brandy Clark says the last word aim of the Tony-nominated musical is to offer audiences with pure pleasure. Combined in can be an enormous serving of queer illustration.
“I all the time suppose it’s arduous to hate one thing that you already know and love, and it’s so much simpler to hate one thing that’s simply an concept or one thing you’ve heard about that you need to be afraid of,” Clark advised me throughout a telephone dialog from the Drama Desk Awards in New York Metropolis, the place she and co-composer Shane McAnally have been offered with the award for excellent music. “So I believe if you happen to stroll out of ‘Shucked’ with any hate in your coronary heart, I don’t know if I may also help you. You’re most likely a descendant of Hitler.”
Clark and McAnally are queer, as is the exhibits guide author Robert Horn. “It was all the time necessary to us,” Clark says of the LGBTQ characters and themes. “Nevertheless it simply grew exponentially as we went by way of the method.”
Star Alex Newell and “Some Like It Scorching” star J. Harrison Ghee made historical past as the primary non-binary actors to be nominated for Tonys.
“Shucked” is up for 9 Tonys, together with finest musical. “I didn’t suppose we’d be on the Tonys,” Clark mentioned. “I believed I may be within the loopy home with ‘Shucked’ at occasions. It was such a journey. However you already know what? It makes it all of the sweeter as a result of there have been ups and downs. It makes all of it really feel worthwhile now.”
No shock, however discuss of a film or tv collection adaptation has been percolating. “The considered us attending to do it’s thrilling as a result of we love working collectively a lot,” Clark says. “It means we get to proceed to work on ‘Shucked’ for just a little longer.”
The Tonys might be handed out on June 11, broadcasting on CBS and streaming on Paramount+. The Writers Guild of America has granted a strike waiver to the present with the promise to not picket Broadway’s largest evening of the 12 months.