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From Judi in NJ:
Hi Nan, as I've posted I loved the show, Camille Claudel. I saw the 3rd show & the last 2. Concerning suggestions, have you & the team been helped by the E-mails, [Linda Eder] board comments & the feedback sessions? Thank you & I'm looking forward to the next step in your journey to Broadway.

Thursday, 16 October 2003

Dear Judi,

I'm so happy you loved Camille Claudel, and we do hope to move to Broadway soon. Yes, absolutely, we have all been helped by comments and feedback. That's what the Goodspeed production was all about - to get audience reaction and see which areas were working and which were not, as well as to learn which elements seemed questionable or confusing. The best way to improve a show is to listen to the audience. Period. That's what Broadway Preview periods are about, too- we sharpen our antennae and try to notice every nuance of audience reaction- where did they come alive? Where did they laugh (or not laugh when we thought they would)? And at which spot exactly did we hear 100 coughs accompanied by 3,000 M & M bags being opened? (I once actually sat in the back of The Minskoff and watched a woman open a whole bag of fried chicken and proceed to wolf it down while Percy was saving people from the guillotine. Truth.) I also read every comment that comes into me with a great deal of curiosity- you never know what someone will point out that you haven't seen. When astute observations come in, I feel grateful, lucky- like: Wow, thank God this person saw the show- he/she should be a critic! In general, though, my rule of thumb with my colleagues (and with comments from strangers) is: if I hear one criticism about an element, I digest that but usually move on. If I hear two criticisms on that element, I give it a lot of thought, but if I hear three or more criticisms, that usually means I'll go ahead and change the element. Often a writer feels stubbornly attached to something, but when the vast majority (of colleagues and strangers) starts rising up like a monster out of the sea, saying, "Nooo," well- that's when you give in and start churning around with other solutions to the problem. The whole process is pretty fascinating. Anyway, thanks for your question and keep up that feedback!


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