MR: Yes I would say Rachel was a real trooper with those shoes! We now use dance shoes or sneakers for most musical numbers.
I find the most difficult part of any number is to find the right tone and to figure out the transition from reality to fantasy. Since we don't do parodies, I try to extract meaning from our inspiration, and then mash it up into our own singular style. "I Give Good Parent" was challenging because I designed that prim blue dress with pearls and sensible heels to appeal to Josh's parents' sense of propriety - Rebecca presenting herself as a Harvard educated "good girl" - but what was the fantastical counterpoint? So I asked Rachel "what would someone like Nicki Minaj do?" and that's how we ending up with her in a turkey bra and panties, sexy dancing Puritans and Josh's mom a wearing fur coat and a gold grille.