Yesterday was the last performance of a 3 week-end run of "I Do, I Do" for a local stock theater. I had the pleasure of working with my wife, Amy, who was one of the main performers of this show. (Note: "I Do, I Do" is an old Broadway musical comedy about a couple as they experience 50 years of the "ups and downs" of marriage <no pun intended>. There are only two characters throughout the entire show.) I was the hired musical-director & keyboard player. We worked with our friend, Robert, who played the husband. Another friend of ours played the piano.
I haven't been a part of such a project since. . . well. . . since we did "I Do, I Do" in 2000 (or was it 2001???? I honestly don't remember. ). There were the usual "lots of rehearsals", creative disagreements with the Director (who cut 40+ pages and a couple of musical numbers from the show), technical problems to overcome, "DIVA" egos (our friend, Robert, is a wonderful guy with a huge talent and ego to match), and the long 35+ mile commute one-way to the theater. And I LOVED every minute of the experience!!!
I guess I'm suffering from post-production blues. I miss doing these type of projects. Amy and I have our little "Too Live Nurse" production company which is a wonderful creative outlet. It keeps us busy and we have fun with the TLN troupe! But being part of a 2 act musical comedy production is also a lot of fun and provides a different and pleasant creative outlet. I like the music to "I Do, I Do". Amy and Robert did "standing ovation" performances! (We had a "Standing 'O' " for almost every performance!) The music is cute, too. The melodies are quite memorable to my simple ear. I LOVE "Roll Up the Ribbons" and the show's finale song (don't remember the name). I got the melodies running through my head like reverb with a long decay.
Obviously, I don't do projects like this often. It will probably be some time before I have an offer or the time to do another project like this one again. But I enjoyed being a part of this production while it lasted. Working with Amy is a pleasure, too. I really enjoy watching her on stage. She's a great singer and performer who gives the audience a lot of talent and energy. The same is also true for our friend, Robert. His voice, especially, is golden!
Do any of you get involved with musicals in some fashion (as a musician, or performer, musical director, sound engineer, etc)?? If so, please share your experience(s). I'd love to read them. What were your favorite musicals that you were a part of?? My favorite was a production of "Into the Woods". It was a challange, but we put on a great show (back in 1993!! ).
Here's to musicals and musical comedies!
(By the way!!! Most of the instrumental sounds used for "I Do, I Do" were from GPO and JABB via a Receptor!! It was the first time that I used GPO/JABB via the Receptor for live performances!! It all worked and sounded GREAT, However, I accidentally unpluged the electrical cord to the keyboard attached to the Receptor. THAT happened during the middle of one song last weekend! UGH!! Got everything up and running again, real quick, thank goodness! The audience didn't even know what happened. I tinkled my pants, though! LOL! )