Cobb still seems in a state of shock that his idea, which he's nursed from the time had been living in New York City during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is living and breathing onstage. He was struggling to process the tragedy of lives lost as the Twin Towers fell, when he saw a documentary on Pompeii a few weeks later. The two images merged in his head, linked by the idea of people living as if they have all the time in the world, only to find out the end can come at any time.
"I expected a pat on the back" when I proposed the show, he says. Instead, he says, "I am honored and humbled by the fact that we have the team that we have, that Kitchen Dog kept saying, 'What do you need? What can we get for you? Do you think you need another actor? We'll find the budget.'"
Federico is no newcomer to new musicals, having developed the book for the acclaimed On the Eve that premiered at Theatre Three in 2014. The speed with which the project came together provoked "a mixture of fun and terror, which is cool," he says. At the same time, they knew they could pull it off because these longtime company members were also longtime friends, with a creative shorthand.
"I love writing for Max, particularly his banter with the band," Federico says. "He's a good guy in life, with an innate ability to be likable, even when his character is a jerk on stage."
For Hartman, it was a chance to return to his musical theater roots. "I was on board immediately," he says. "I wasn't quite sure how it would flesh out. But I love musical theater and I feel so confident in this team I just said, 'Let's roll with it.' Now I'm having so much fun doing my song and dance routine."
Source : https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/theater/2018/04/24/kitchen-dog-theater-takes-risk-musical-pompeii-audiences-rewarded