“That was the most exciting thing about it. was if a kid or a teenager were turned on by music, that’s the goal,” said Mozart In The Jungle executive producer/actor Jason Schwartzman of the award-winning Amazon series about backstage lives of the fictional New York Symphony. “To be pro-music, to have people check it out and learn about it,” he added.
Joined by co-exec producer Paul Weitz, Schwartzman was speaking at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys all-day event at the DGA Theater about the series starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke and Bernadette Peters. Heading into its third season likely later this year, Mozart won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series this year, with Bernal winning the Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy series.
Also EP’d by Roman Coppola and John Strauss and co-starring Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Hannah Dunne and Schwartzman, the classical music-fueled series is full of great tunes as well as the behind-the-scenes drama of intrigue, romance, betrayal and ambition. Based on Blair Tindall’s acclaimed memoir Mozart In The Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music, the series debuted on Amazon on December 23, 2014 with 10 episodes and saw its second season premiere December 30 with a further 10 episodes.
“There’s an element to this show that while there is some slightly naughty stuff, there’s also an element of Ernst Lubitsch or Preston Sturges,” noted Weitz of the mashup of wealth and status that Mozart examines, among other elements.
Check out more of my Mozart In The Jungle conversation above.