Elijah prepares for an open-call audition for a new Broadway musical; Marnie tries to pawn a family heirloom; Hannah reconnects with Paul-Louis.
Did You Know?
The section of this episode depicting Elijah's audition for a musical adaptation of the basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump" was drawn from a true story from Andrew Rannells's past. Rannells (who plays Elijah) later told the story on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, recounting one of his own early audition experiences: "Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham had talked to me about this idea: what if Elijah was auditioning for a musical? So we started talking about my early life in New York, auditioning for musicals--because I had a good, like, ten years of trying out for stuff that I sometimes would get; mostly did not. And I told them a story about auditioning for this musical, 'Lysistrata Jones' that then came to Broadway, that involved a college basketball team. And much like what happened in last week's episode: I showed up and I sang, and that all went fine; I read, and that all went fine; and then we started dancing, which is like always a little dicey for me, because I'm not really a dancer, but I like made it through. And then they were like, 'and now we're going to introduce basketballs.' Because it's a basketball musical. So they, like, wheeled out these carts of basketballs but I was thinking like: Whatever. It's a musical. So, like, who's going to be good at basketball? Turns out all those bastards had secret basketball skills--everybody's like twirling balls and doing shit. We're all supposed to be in musical theater--we're not supposed to be good at sports! Why is anyone good at sports? So then I was terrible at it. [I was supposed to dance with the basketballs...] it was a disaster. Dribbling, and doing...passes, and things. Shots and things. Strangely, I got that job, though.... But in the show, the peak of the second act, was this basketball game that had to happen onstage, which was very theatricalized. But it involved me making three baskets that were plot points,...and I probably would like, four shows out of eight would make the baskets? But the scoreboard had to change anyway, because it was a plot point. So it would not go in, and the [scoreboard] would be, like 'Score!' and the audience would be like, 'wait, what? what's happening right now?'" See more
References White Men Can't Jump
Million Dollar Secret
Written by Holly Laessig
, Jess Wolfe
Performed by Lucius See more