George Furth had written a bunch of plays, and Steve said to me, “I have a friend name George Furth who has written a bunch of one act plays for Kim Stanley to star in. When you read them, it doesn’t seem to be happening, though she is very interested.” So I read seven plays, and I said, “Well, you know, all I could see reading them — he writes great, Steve — but all I could see was Kim Stanley running to make costume and wig changes and makeup changes. It just exhausted me. That’s as far as my imagination would take me, but I’ll tell you what, it’s a musical.” And he said, “It is?” and he called George and we met in my office, and I said, “Yes, guys. It’s a musical,” and they went and struggled, and Steve brilliantly figured out how to write a score for a show that did not move the show along, where the songs were not internal to the scenes, preserving George Furth’s unique writing and at the same time amplifying the relationships between scenes, interrupting a scene, and doing a number and so on. It’s a very uniquely contrived and brilliant score, and I felt comfortable in the birthday parties, which were dark. It all started with a birthday, ended with a birthday, and they reappeared. They’re right up my alley. That’s something that got added to the show. The show bubbles a lot of the time, but there is a dark spine somewhere there.