Few people understand musicals like James Morgan. As the Producing Artistic Director of the York Theatre Company, James is essential to making the York a place “where musicals come to life.” In addition to his numerous credits producing and developing new works, he is also an established scenic designer, designing over 300 productions in theatres around the country. His recent design credits include It’s A Wonderful Life, Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, and the Off Broadway hit Closer Than Ever. James has spent 39 years in the theater industry and isn’t stopping anytime soon. We are thrilled to have him On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
Having a personality that tends to bring people together.
What was your proudest moment?
Having Stephen Sondheim around again during the production of our 100th Mufti, Saturday Night.
What is your favorite drink?
There are lots! This week, it’s scotch and soda.
What is your favorite food?
There are way too many.
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
My “Ducky Letters” app. It’s like Bananagrams and Scrabble mixed together—only you can reposition your letters after you’ve placed them.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Black Tar Heroin.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To replace Kathy Griffin on Fashion Police.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Reading the Times.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
An appreciation of Musical Theatre.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Feeling the need to be a member of the Clean Plate Club.
What in the world most thrills you?
Watching a new musical come together and work, against all odds.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Amazingly enough, I have no embarrassing moments to share.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Venice, Italy or Naples, Florida. Or?
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I grew up a cat person, but in recent years I have grown to appreciate dogs just as much.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
We just heard that Donald Trump gave us $1 million for our production fund so we can do whatever musical we want.
What is your personal motto?
“Everything in moderation, including moderation” (Tom Jones)