", Adding to that he said, "I felt honored to try to fulfill his vision and when he would be moved and have to leave the set, I was comforted by that. window.googletag.pubads().addEventListener('impressionViewable', function(event) { Mitch and Zoey's father-daughter relationship could be sad, but instead, it brings joy with their communication through music. if(document.querySelector("#ads")){ The supporting case is stacked with more than capable singers, including Glee alum Alex Newell, Skylar Astin from Pitch Perfect and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Broadway veteran Peter Gallagher. SEATTLE — Mary Steenburgen and Peter Gallagher star as the parents on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and both say the experience of making the musical comedy/drama has lived up … Gallagher remembers how he would sing to her and dance with her, long after she lost her ability to speak, up until she died. And this guy, [creator] Austin Winsburg, wanted to do a new musical every eight days! I actually felt pretty good about it because Austin, who created the show, did it brilliantly. Characters on NBC's musical dramedy "Zoey's" said a tearful (and musical) goodbye to patriarch Mitch Clarke (Peter Gallagher) in Sunday's finale  after a first season that chronicled a family's ups and downs, as Gallagher's character increasingly struggled through a battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. And you know how many musicals that never went anywhere? ", HOLCOMB: “Peter, for you (singing) is kind of old hat. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), The series stars Jane Levy as Zoey, Lauren Graham as her icy boss, with Mary Steenburgen as her mother. So it's been a real thrill to take those things that I've been doing for 40 years and bring them to this show.”, The role has also been a bit cathartic for Gallagher as well because of some personal experience. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. "This is an extraordinary family dramedy," he says. And even with all his personal experiences and the extensive research he did into PSP, as well as relying on Winsberg's scripts and own experiences losing his father to PSP, Gallagher's barometer for making sure he was portraying Mitch's symptoms accurately was simple: "You know you’re not screwing it up too badly if the crew is moved," he says with a laugh. 30 essential albums from the last 30 years, Jane Levy on filming 'most raw, vulnerable, honest'. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), ", "I thought it was such a powerful story," Gallagher says. Peter Gallagher on Researching for His 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' Role. Staying Apart, Together:A newsletter about how to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. So playing a character like this kind of works on me a little bit psychologically.”, ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST -- "Pilot" Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Jane Levy as Zoey, Peter ... [+] Gallagher as Mitch -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC), Thinking reflectively, Gallagher adds, “It’s also exhausting to play this character because, well, you know that we’re all going to be gone at some point. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. That's why, even though he knew playing Mitch wouldn't last forever due to the character's deteriorating health, he had to join the show. And Zoey's is a story about all that connects us, coming at a time when we couldn't be more divided. There are some of my favorite songs and I can't really dwell on any of them cause I have to learn two for the next episode.

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