I didn't feel compromised as an actor, and allowed other people's fingerprints all over that aspect.
What I ended up doing was becoming an actor who didn't mind doing other people's words.
I had done a lot of plays, particularly at my own theater in LA, and it was the first time in my theatrical life where I didn't feel that my role was also to keep everybody else working hard.
I have four kids; three girls and a boy. The oldest girl is 13, and has her own social life now, so there's a bit of begrudging cooperation there. It's tough.
Suddenly Star Wars came out while we were on hiatus, and we looked like the old Buck Rogers series, where they had cigarette smoke blowing out the back of the rocket ship.
But we were doing plays and movies which I had nothing to do with other than being a producer, and I don't have that kind of interest or time any more.
It was the first time that I was on Broadway, and I got to run as fast as I could to keep up. And I loved it!
I have a big family and had to move them all from the coast of Oregon to New York three times for the workshops and for the actual production itself, which had about a four month development rehearsal schedule.
I have to be very careful about how often I drag my family to places. They need some stability in their lives.
I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
Well, I want to do The Music Man. I think it's an amazing opportunity, but I think that they are probably looking at major movie stars right now, and I don't blame them.
I love to sing and I do think that my strength as a singer is... I think I have a voice that is certainly sufficient under most any circumstances... but I think my strength is that I really am an actor and I really do have to own what I am saying.
But I always held my music up and protected it from compromise. So I just do it for my friends. I've written hundreds of songs, and I'm sure I have a few albums worth of songs.
And that's the mistake that was made with Steel Pier. Roger was caught between a rock and hard place. It would have cost a couple of million dollars more to take it to Boston or someplace first. So we opened about a month too early.
Then when I got to Hollywood, the first musical I did was Festival in 1977.