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In His Dreams? Not Quite. David Hyde Pierce Plans His Directing Debut

So was this transition to directing a long-held artistic desire that Mr. Pierce has waited years to fulfill? “No,” he said unequivocally in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “Exactly the opposite. People have told me for many years that I should direct. Even back when I was doing ‘Frasier,’ the camera people on ‘Frasier’ would say, ‘Oh, you should really direct.’ And I’ve never wanted to until now.”

What made the difference, Mr. Pierce said, was the musical itself, which features a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, and which he said he had been a fan of in various incarnations. (“It Shoulda Been You” made its New York City debut in 2009 at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.)

Mr. Pierce said he also responded to the musical’s philosophy on parenthood, which, he said, “is similar to what I’ve come to learn about directing, that you hope for the best and you embrace the unexpected, and ultimately you let people find their own way.”

Read more at The New York Times.

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