'Viva Laughlin': Not a Musical
July 19, 2007 5:04 PM
The "Viva Laughlin" preview shows characters exchanging dialogue, then singing, exchanging dialogue, then singing. It plays like the scene at the end of "Chinatown" where Jack Nicholson is slapping a horrifying confession out of Faye Dunaway: "It's a drama! It's a musical! It's a drama . and a musical!"
But showrunner Bob Lowry says, contrary to just about everything written about the show, "Viva" is not a musical. "We're a dramatic television show-with music," he says.
Actor D.B. Woodside elaborates. "It's not a musical because there's never a character or actor who bursts into song," he says. "Every time a character sings, it's more revealing about who that character is. It's not because we're trying to run away from it."
Critics ask if the producers are essentially running away from the musical aspect of the show.
"We didn't want [the music] to be jarring," Lowry says. "We didn't want it to remove the viewer from the actual drama."