A chat with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice book writer Jonathan Marc Sherman

A chat with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice book writer Jonathan Marc Sherman

February 24, 2020 0 By Kailee Schamberger


My name is.. Jonathan Marc Sherman and I
am the.. book writer for Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, The Musical. Adapting movie
for stage has been for me.. sort of Hippocratic. First and foremost,
the writing of the movie is so extraordinary that I thought.. first, let’s
do no harm.. and.. saying if we’re getting rid of anything, what.. you know, we better
have a really really good reason for it, because having now read drafts of the
screenplay and.. you’ve seen the movie.. you know.. many, many times and done a lot of
research about the period.. there’s.. there’s a reason for pretty much
everything that’s in there. One thing that’s interesting if you go back and
watch the movie is.. that it’s.. it is a very intimate piece, although there are
sort of three.. set pieces at an institute, a club, and.. a park.. in a parking lot
where there’s lots of people, it really is a movie about Bob and Carol and Ted
and Alice.. and so the idea of how small could we make it was something from
early on that I was really interested in, and Scott
Elliott, who brought me in, was really interested in. Movies do that really well,
let’s try and go internal a little bit more. Yeah, I just really wanted to.. make
something that Paul Mazursky, particularly, were he alive, would enjoy.
Jill Mazursky has been.. an angel to this project, she has been so kind, so generous..
she has told us that her father would be thrilled..
she has checked in at every part of the process, and she gave me.. my favorite note
I’ve ever gotten, which was that she said “This is kind of actually a note for my
dad that I always wanted to give him but I can’t, so I’m giving it to you, which is
that I think he and Larry Tucker, his co-writer of the screenplay, didn’t quite
understand how birth control pills worked, and so maybe that moment in the
scene between.. Ted and Alice in their bedroom, you might want to take a look at
that.” And.. and so, we have adjusted accordingly, because I think she’s
absolutely right.