It's a challenge to direct a musical whether it's a Broadway show or a small not-for-profit production. While creativity is necessary, it's just as much a management role.
In "The Bells and Whistles," Tom's lack of management experience threatened his ability to successfully direct Bombshell. He learned that being the director required more than just his creative vision, but the ability to make difficult decisions, manage his cast, and be a leader. In contrast, Derek was having difficulties of his own. He's always been confident and a strong, definitive leader as a director, but in his new production he needed to be open to others' ideas, especially those of his writer, Jimmy.
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Check out Jimmy and Karen's performance of "I Hear Your Voice in a Dream." It's a great song and the staging worked well.