–by Valerie Milano
Jason Alexander was one of the first to see comedic potential in a family of performing artists who couldn’t individuate. He got the idea from a circus family his partner, Peter Tilden, knew.
Naturally, there were questions from the audience about the music in HIT THE ROAD and whether it might become a separate soundtrack. Jason Alexander said that all of the sometimes off-color songs were original, but that most of them were just snippets that furthered the storyline of a given scene. Natalie Sharp sings “Can’t Hold Me Down” in the vein of her idol, Christina Aguilera.
The fictional Swallow family got much of its inspiration from the fictional Partridge family as well as famous real-life musical families such as the Osmonds and the Jacksons. Even so, Jason Alexander admitted that he couldn’t quite put his finger on the intended audience for the show. The language and themes are a little too adult for a family comedy.
HIT THE ROAD is set in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which according to Nick Marini is much like a “huge mall with hotels” since there is no tax on clothing in Pennsylvania. Jason Alexander’s college roommate was from King of Prussia and Alexander always wondered why a show had never been set there!
Most of the players in HIT THE ROAD actually have some musical talent. Old hand Jason Alexander generally drives the bus and tries to keep the younger cast members under control. This “Renaissance man” also did quite a bit of the writing for the show as it evolved.