The premiere of the special series featured designer Jonathan Adler and his husband, Simon Doonan, who serves as creative director for high end department store Barneys. The couple took over the microphone for the seven-minute segment and interviewed each other about their fathers, in a kind of celebration of Father’s Day this weekend.
“Simon and I both have lost our fathers and we thought it was a great opportunity to reflect on what they meant to us and especially what they meant to us in terms of creativity and being gay and all that stuff,” said Adler (pictured at left with Doonan).
Later this month, the Open Mic will be taken over by “In the Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Tony-winning Broadway composer and performer will talk about how songs are written with composer John Kander, who won a Tony this year for the musical “Next to Normal.”
And next month, Open Mic will feature author Neil Gaiman, who will discuss audiobooks.