Tom Kitt is a Tony Award-winning composer and has been keeping busy and doing a lot to keep the theatre community engaged during the Broadway shutdown. He’s nominated again this year for a Tony Award with Jagged Little Pill, but also nominated for this first Grammy Award for the cast album. He helped to put together the performance of “Sunday” in Times Square for NYC Next, wrote a song that Ben Platt performed for Columbia University’s virtual graduation and a few more upcoming exciting projects that haven’t yet been announced.
Tom answered five questions for Broadway Direct, where he tells us about his inspirations, what audiences will be most excited about seeing when Jagged Little Pill comes back, and what he’s been up to during the shutdown.
1. What inspired you to become a composer & musician?
I was inspired to become a composer and a musician by all the great artists whose work spoke to me when I was growing up. At every important moment in my life, there was a new voice that I would study or be introduced to that would light a fire in me and intensify my drive to pursue a life in music.
2. Who in your field inspires you?
I am inspired by all the great artists who pour their creativity, passion, and humanity into their work. Anyone who teaches me about the artist and the person I want to become is where I will find the greatest inspiration.
3. What will most audiences be excited about seeing in Jagged Little Pill?
I think audiences will be excited to see and feel the power, beauty, and raw emotion that is at the heart of Alanis Morissette’s brilliant songs. In addition, they will appreciate the gorgeous artistry on display from the performers, creators, designers, and entire company in bringing this bold and timely story to the stage.
4. What are some things you’ve always wanted to do that you’re able to spend time on now?
I have appreciated being able to spend nights at home with my family.
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