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The Other Josh Cohen

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Steve Rosen
October 16, 2012

What is your job on this show?
David Rossmer and I wrote the book, music and lyrics and co-star.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in beautiful Rochester, NY. And by beautiful I mean mostly cloudy with a 90% of snow. My undergraduate degree is from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. I got my masters at the School of Hard Knocks whose curriculum is a series of terrible temp jobs in NYC.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
I co-wrote with genius actor/author/composer David Rossmer. It's true. It is also the only show that incorporates money, heartache, musical theater, comedy and Neil Diamond. Oh no, wait...ok, I just went online to make sure, but that is definitely not the plot of Glengarry Glen Ross. Phew. That would have been embarrassing.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
Because I co-wrote it, I wouldn't be so bold as to guess how long the audience will talk about it. My hope is that when they get up to pee in the middle of the night, they'll remember something that made them laugh and they'll be forced to really pay attention so as to not make a mess.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
I think we really have something for everyone. Bruce would like the score and that he's name-checked in the show. Thomas would love the fact that we're using so many electric lights and Snooki would like the show because it is the perfect romantic date show. I'm sure she would be smooshing like crazy if she was still doing that. Is she still doing that? Is Jersey Shore still a thing?

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would begin by encouraging young artists to create new works. Lots of limited runs of well-produced original material. We are good on revivals, I think. I would pay everyone well and trust that good material will make money. Also, what is the definition of theatrical ventures? Does a trip to Europe count? I also need a new bed. Are you actually giving me 10 million dollars? THANK YOU!!!! Wow, this is the best interview I've typed all day!