Taubenslag describes his production colleagues as a dream team, and remains in total awe of the show's choreographer, Waldo Gonzales. "Since I have two left feet, I let him do all the dance work," he laughs. "And he's had to be particularly inventive, since many of the cast members are not trained dancers."
While the gentlemen are proud of their work on Questionable Quest, they are equally excited about appearing on upper Broadway, with its promised package of events: performances in a 3,000-seat theater; a meet, greet, and proclamation with Mayor Giuliani; Broadway shows; tours of the city; scores of parents tagging along to visit family and friends. "The kids would fly without a plane, if they could," Taubenslag says.
While directing the show, Taubenslag has been particularly sensitive to its heritage and spirit. "Directors who haven't worked with a Latin cast don't know what they're missing. And when the music starts, don't tell me that it isn't genetic, because dancing in Puerto Rico is a part of life. When I heard the score, knowing that we were coming to New York, I insisted that it not become a Sesame Street musical. We had to preserve its Latin flavor."
If the future for young William Fox looks promising, so too does the future of Questionable Quest. There is a possibility of an open-run production with an adult cast in the spring. Several of the musical's songs are being considered by Latin artists, and if recorded, will boost the possibility of a full production.
The students of Palmas Academy have got everything to look forward to: the thrill of opening night, visiting New York, and joyously transporting a bit of Puerto Rico to Manhattan. "And when the music starts," Taubenslag adds, "even I can't keep my feet still."