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

Mitch Jarvis

Jarvis and Taylor began to focus on casting "It Could Be Worse." But, with a shoestring budget, how were the two able to lineup a roster of Broadway stars?

"The main cast is our friends," confessed Wesley, who brought in Spring Awakening actor Gideon Glick to play his needy boyfriend Phillip Klein; Peter and the Starcatcher's Adam Chanler-Berat as Ben Farrel, Jacob Gordon's new boy-toy; and two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser as Veronica Bailey, the female lead of the series who is the star vehicle of the fictional new Broadway musical The Ice Queen. Taylor met Fraser on NBC's "Smash," and Jarvis said it was "her youthful energy" that drew them in.

"I think the great thing about being in the industry ourselves, as actors, is that we have this resource — this talent pool — that's immense," said Taylor. "Just going through our phone directory when we need a part… It's the easiest way. We're just casting our friends."

Jarvis added, "The creative team for the fake Broadway show, [The Ice Queen] — we put together in less than 24 hours!"

"They're giving [their time] to us for free," said Taylor, who wrangles a group of young Broadway talent on the spot for various shoots. "I feel very lucky because I feel like people trust us. They trust our brand of comedy, and they've seen it's much easier… The more we do our content, the easier it is to get people, and that is reassuring."

Guest stars in "It Could Be Worse" include Audra McDonald, Kyle Dean Massey, Laura Benanti, Ephraim Sykes, Nick Adams, Lauren Molina, Alice Lee, Matt DeAngelis, Andrew Durand, Meghann Fahy, Ann Harada, Taylor Trensch, Savannah Wise, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alexandra Socha, Justin Sargent, Christopher Sieber, Mo Brady, Jessica Lea Patty, Robert Creighton, Alex Wyse, Andy Mientus, Michael Arden, Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Nick Cearley, Krysta Rodriguez, Jeremy Woodard, Lilli Cooper, Remy Zaken, Max Crum, Michael Urie, Will Chase, Debra Messing, Julia Murney, Santino Fontana, Max von Essen, Betsy Wolfe and Roger Rees, among many others.

Watch episode six of "It Could Be Worse," where star Fraser is introduced in the series: