Steve Rosen and his friend David Rossmer were playing Mario Kart on Nintendo 64 when they were kissed by a muse.
“David was saying the theme song kind of sounds like a Neil Diamond song,” Rosen remembered. “This apartment had a guitar on the wall and keyboard, so he took the guitar off the wall and we started to write our version of Neil Diamond songs and before we knew it, instead of prepping for our (TV show) pitch, we had written 6 of the songs that are currently in the show that night.”
The show is The Other Josh Cohen.
Rosen and Rossmer co-created it and it’s now running at Geva Theatre Center (ticket info here).
When Rosen was coming of age Geva was THE theatre.
He was a Pittsford kid who dreamed of performing, of making people laugh.
People who watched him light up the stage at Sutherland High School knew could make it on Broadway, and he did.
He starred in Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Farnsworth Invention among other notable shows.
Rosen never forgot his roots, though.
Last year, many around here watched him perform in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Geva.
Now he’s back with his own creation, which runs until Feb. 4.
“When you think, if the kid version of me, could see me on the stage here in the show I wrote 20 years ago or whatever, I’d be really proud of myself,” Rosen said.