By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
As the cast blends their voices in layers of harmony, Moriarty slips in quietly to observe. They don't see him, they don't hear him, but somehow they feel him. Until that first preview in front of a paying audience, these actors will perform only for him. He looks over the group. At this moment, only he knows what he wants from their performances.
The actors lean forward in their chairs, holding lyric sheets tightly. Cabe has them repeat words from the song until they're pronounced as crisply as she wants them to be. Neal and Lush notice Moriarty leaning with his back against a wall to their left. Others steal glances at him; they seem to be looking for some hint of what he might be thinking. Even at this early stage of the production, they need his approval.
Then Moriarty smiles, and with that, everyone sings a little louder.