this blog post might come across as a little unseemly, considering i am one of the leads in the musical - but i'll tell you how it started. i originally made these mixes to make VIDEOS of therese and joey - and with all the upgrades to iMovie through all the mac operating systems - i no longer have ANY CLUE how to use iMovie. and it'll take me several weeks to figure it all out, or go to the mac store and take a class, and it just won't be timely anymore.
so this blog post was born :D
the gist of the show is this:
it is the eve of woman 1's wedding. she's looking back through photo albums, reminiscing about all her different "loves". many different characters appear. in the stage version it's couples - a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a man and a man, and a woman and a woman.
but in this album version, it's woman 1 (me), woman 2 (therese), and the man (joey). the way it's performed on stage would lead you to believe that all the women and men are separate people, and we're on a journey of ALL their love lives, and we see all the different stages of those loves. but on the last song "finale", we see "woman 1" walk down the isle to her husband, "the man", and we discover that all the different women were her at different stages in her life, and all the different men were her husband at different stages in HIS life. they made it through all the breakups and rough spots and life experiences, and have decided to move forward, together. "we'll dance, my God! how we'll ALWAYS dance... and i'll NEVER let go" <3 all the different pairings of couples aren't supposed to signify all their different partners - they're supposed to signify that it doesn't matter WHO you love - we're all the same, and love is just love <3
and there it is :D
below i've made "mix tapes" of some moments from all of our lead parts...
they're not ALL there, just some.... we obviously all sing a lot more than these parts on the album, and we sing a lot TOGETHER as a trio, as well as many duets and of course there's the brilliant chorus backing us up, too..... but in the interest of time - here are some highlights from the 3 leads :D
"Woman 1" played by Shelly Bort
"Woman 2" played by Therese Curatolo
"The Man" played by Joseph Paul Rykert
fun fact - only ONE of the above mix tapes is in show order... can you guess which one? :D
i was so incredibly fortunate to cast therese and joey. they brought such heart and dimension to this project. i wish i could say a picture of the 3 of us exists, but it doesn't. dumb. but no one reminded me to be in any pictures of the cast recording, and i don't normally think of including myself in that stuff when i'm directing it all, so there you have it. i got left out of my own production, haha. BUT. here is a promo shot of therese and joey, and a casual picture of joey and me. i love them both dearly, and will always be grateful to them and our incredible chorus for helping bring this recording to life.
have you grabbed your copies yet? what are YOUR favorite parts? :D <3