Broadway on the Web: Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis Prove That "It Could Be Worse" in Theatrical Web Series

By Michael Gioia
16 Sep 2013

Alison Fraser

The series, which wrapped its first season at the end of May, has plans for a second season. The first season concluded with The Ice Queen finally landing on Broadway (at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, the current home of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots). Aside from screening on, YouTube and ItCouldBeWorse.TV, the creators have high hopes for the series to make a smash onto bigger platforms.

"There are web series that start on Internet sources and then get picked up for cable television," said Taylor, who explained that the goal is for "It Could Be Worse" to live beyond the Interwebs. "As we're going episode by episode, we're broke. You don't realize how much it's going to cost to rent all the rooms… We keep upping the ante equipment wise."

The two have considered crowd-funding websites such as Kickstarter to get a second season of "It Could Be Worse" off the ground, with hopes that the series can eventually take off on its own — with a bigger storyline, bigger platform and larger audience. Current plans are for the duo to begin shooting this winter in Los Angeles. 

While audiences may compare it to NBC's "Smash" — the series about the life of Broadway that Taylor also appeared on, which didn't seem to remain afloat on national television — they emphasized "It Could Be Worse" is more than just a look at the backstage happenings on the Great White Way.

"I view it as a character study more than anything," said Jarvis.

Taylor added, "It's about sex and relationships, embarrassment, humiliation, success… It's not about 'theatre,' although we're writing what we know. It comes form that world."

While "It Could Be Worse" lives in the world of Broadway, the series focuses on the lives of twentysomethings in New York City. With the success of "Girls," the Lena Dunham series set in Brooklyn, and the classic HBO sitcom "Sex and the City," about four city-living ladies and their sex lives, "It Could Be Worse" can be the next series to slip into the city-life genre (this time, with Broadway as the show's backdrop).

Watch the first season finale, and click here to watch behind-the-scenes footage:

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