Hawkeye: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman on Writing Rogers: The Musical

Hawkeye, which premiered November 24 on Disney+, picks up with the persevering with story of the MCU two years after the universe-changing circumstances of Avengers: Endgame. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is hoping to spend a quiet and uneventful Christmas together with his household, however these plans get derailed shortly when his path crosses with that of Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a talented archer who has her personal private historical past with Hawkeye. The sequence additionally guarantees to comply with up on the aftermath of the MCU movie Black Widow, which noticed Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) being mistakenly led to imagine that Clint was chargeable for Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) loss of life on Vormir. The present additionally stars Vera Farmiga, Fra Price, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and Alaqua Cox, in addition to Jolt the Golden Retriever as Fortunate the Pizza Canine.

This week, Collider had the prospect to talk with composers and lyricists Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who introduced the in-universe Rogers: The Musical to life on-screen in Hawkeye‘s first episode, “By no means Meet Your Heroes.” The tune, “Save The Metropolis,” was later launched as a single after the present’s premiere. Over the course of the interview, which you’ll each watch and browse, the duo spoke about how they had been first approached by Marvel head Kevin Feige, how they collaborated in writing the tune over Zoom, and the way the pandemic impressed the beginnings of “Save The Metropolis.” In addition they spoke about how they bought some massive Broadway names (like Adam Pascal) to take part, their response to seeing the fan response from the primary trailer, and whether or not they’d be prepared to come back again and write a full musical.


Collider: I really feel like I ought to say congratulations. Is that the flawed factor to say?

SCOTT WITTMAN: That is a pleasant factor to say. I am glad it made individuals joyful.

MARC SHAIMAN: We’re in present enterprise, so we’re used to listening to a lot worse issues. So thanks.

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I wish to begin at first of the method. When it got here to figuring issues out when it comes to the tune itself, did you form of pitch it to Marvel or was it extra that they approached you with, “That is the concept we would like, how will you make it occur”?

WITTMAN: They got here to us. Marc had met Kevin [Feige] at an occasion on the Academy Awards two years in the past once we had been nominated for Mary Poppins. And so he…

SHAIMAN: Mary Poppins Returns.

WITTMAN: Sure. Sorry. And he…

SHAIMAN: If [it was] Mary Poppins, we might be 97 years outdated.

WITTMAN: So that they began type of a relationship. After which Kevin… Anyone had pitched this to Kevin and he mentioned, “That is an excellent thought.” And the following factor you understand, he thought, “I had the proper guys to do it.” So all of it got here out.

SHAIMAN: Yeah. And I do imagine that they did suppose that it needs to be on the Battle of New York. Possibly I ought to have finished some extra analysis earlier than the interviews to remind myself, however I do not suppose there have been different eventualities. Like, “After which we selected.” I feel it was the Battle of New York. And that appeared excellent for us, to create like an Act One closing. You could possibly positively think about the curtain falling on the top. Though, the nice ending that is there on the TV present now with the form of jazz palms ending, it is a variety of enjoyable. And Scott had the concept of beginning the tune, with the concept of “Save the Metropolis,” that it is New Yorkers imploring the Avengers to come back and assist — as a result of who else however the Avengers might cope with what was occurring?

WITTMAN: And we had been additionally in the midst of the worst a part of the pandemic when New York was hit the toughest once we had been writing it. So, that turned the concept of… “Somebody, please save town” turned a part of that.

SHAIMAN: Yeah, it was that point when New Yorkers had been opening their home windows each evening at 7:00 PM and banging pots and pans to say thanks to all of the frontline staff. Did we truly write this complete tune over Zoom? I can not bear in mind.

WITTMAN: Yeah, we needed to write it over Zoom.

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I used to be curious too if there had ever been a dialog about doubtlessly setting the tune some other place within the MCU, however Marc answered my query completely. I am certain followers would’ve been curious if it had been a couple of tune, like seeing a possible First Avenger-set tune or one thing alongside these traces.

WITTMAN: Effectively, yeah. However Captain America is a really… He is bought such a good looking story as a result of it goes again to the 40’s and issues like that.

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What was the method behind getting some massive Broadway of us concerned? As a result of Adam [Pascal]’s clearly singing fairly closely on the monitor. Was that a bit of bit extra of sneakily bringing individuals in, protecting every thing underneath wraps?

WITTMAN: It was actually simply, “Who can sing it?”

SHAIMAN: Yeah. I can not sing. I discover myself writing music that I can not sing.

WITTMAN: We wrote a verse in a refrain after which earlier than we continued with the remainder of the tune, we needed to verify it was the proper route. So the one one who [we] might… vocally adapt to it was with…

SHAIMAN: Adam Pascal. I imply he got here to thoughts, Adam. I met him, I feel, as soon as actually in passing, however I texted our mutual buddy Seth Rudetsky who had finished an entire Broadway present with him. I mentioned, “Are you able to give me Adam Pascal’s telephone quantity? I will textual content him to see if… And might he belt a B flat or a B, and dangle onto it?” And Seth was like, “Are you loopy? He can actually hit any be aware and dangle onto it, with or with out vibrato, whichever you need.”

So I texted Adam Pascal out of the blue and mentioned, “It is Marc and Scott. They usually’ve requested us to write down a tune, that is principally just like the Avengers musical. And would you…” And earlier than I might even end the query and he simply texted, “Sure”. And he was at house as everybody was. And a variety of the singers or performers at that time had all gotten their very own microphones at house to attempt to proceed to work… as little or as a lot as was attainable on the time.

So Adam, after which one other buddy named Ty Taylor, who I had solely simply type of met, these are the primary two guys I texted. The one guys I knew who might probably hit all these notes and sing with that form of theatrical rock and roll fashion. They usually sang the entire tune and demoed it. And people vocals that they recorded of their house are the vocals which can be in your recording. They’re even a bit of distorted right here and there, however we did not wish to attempt to seize lightning in a bottle twice. We so cherished what they’d sung.

And by chance, they bought to be within the precise quantity and the filming. There are a variety of different Broadway names who’re solely the voices of the Avengers — due to COVID, they could not convey an entire bunch of individuals. Flying individuals in was very… [they] simply could not do it with everybody. So it’s extremely old-school film musical the place the individuals on-screen singing, that is not likely their voices. I do not wish to crush anybody’s bubble. Burst anybody’s bubble. However it’s phenomenal singers like Rory Donovan, Christopher Sieber, Derek Klena.

WITTMAN: Shayna Steele.

SHAIMAN: Shayna Steele, Bonnie Milligan. I imply, phenomenal singers, each single considered one of them. And we had been additionally thrilled to be doing it, however we could not inform anyone. You already know, half a yr of hanging onto this. So it was so thrilling after they lastly put the tune… that little bit in that first trailer. After which to see the response of Marvel followers to it was simply so thrilling. It was thrilling.

WITTMAN: Yeah. I bought my favourite praise I’ve ever gotten [which] was that any individual wrote, “It slaps.” That is higher than a score within the New York Occasions.

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That is the modern-day equal, I feel. I might like to know the thought course of behind including Ant-Man to the tune for the musical. Was it simply purely for the joke of, “He wasn’t even there, however we will stick him in anyway”?

WITTMAN: Yeah. It makes Clint go, “Wait a second. I did not get this proper.” However that was a Marvel request.

SHAIMAN: It is an ideal instance of the humorousness they’ve inside the motion pictures. And we additionally… Scott and I each knew that. I imply, that was the principle level within the script, was that Clint is dragged to the musical of this Avengers musical. And that he’s simply rolling his eyes at it going, “Why am I right here? And what’s this? This actually occurred to me. And now they’re singing and dancing and what’s Ant-Man doing on this?” So, that was all a part of the script. And we had been more than pleased to oblige. It is hysterical, that man dancing as Ant-Man.

Are you each ready for the likelihood that this might change into a full musical in actual life? And in that case, are you prepared to come back again and do the entire thing?

SHAIMAN: Sure, we’re equal to the problem. Sure. If solely Kevin Feige was on social media, I might say inundate him with requests. I imply, however lots of people are saying it. So, you understand, Marvel works in mysterious methods.

The primary three episodes of Hawkeye are at present accessible to stream on Disney+, with new episodes premiering weekly each Wednesday.

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