One week from today - October 9 - my musical Rivertown opens.
I was contacted by the Madison, Indiana 2009 Bicentennial Committee on September 20, 2007 and asked if I would be interested in accepting a commission to compose a 2-act Broadway-style musical for their year-long celebration.
It has been quite a journey with a lot of ups and downs. The final orchestral score has almost 3000 measures, 21 songs, 28 total musical sections and the pit has 10 players. Well, I hope they do. The cello and oboe player dropped out recently and they start rehearsing Sunday - Thursday. Today I was told that they have found a cello player and are still looking for the oboe player. I suggested they use a synth for the oboe if they cannot find someone - better than nothing. I would borrow a Proteus 2 from Snorlax in that case - thanks Jim if it comes to that.
Dress rehearsals are Monday - Thursday next week. Initially I had planned to sit through a couple of them, but I have decided against that. You know how dress rehearsals can be and I just don't need the stress. I may go down and test my new Canon HD video camcorder for a short time to see how it works with stage lighting.
I have dropped in now and then to mainly just get digital stills for the Rivertown DVD I am making. So far, most of what I have heard has been good. Now and then a singer has changed a note or two, but those things will happen. We had a singer who really could not handle his solo, so they are backing him up with singers lit up behind a scrim and it will work.
I have not seen any dancing and there are some big numbers.
It is all out of my hands, so I think it will be best to just go to the premiere and see it for the first time with everyone else. After I get introduced on stage and say a few words to the audience, I will go to the balcony and videotape the show to keep myself busy. The next night I will probably just sit and watch the show with my wife and our best friends. I will go to all 6 shows - I have friends and family coming to all of the shows.
I am, of course, anxious, but I know that these are high school students and anything can happen. They have been working hard and will do their best. I am making a "the making of Rivertown" bonus sections for the DVD that I think people will really like. Going to Madison today to get some scenics and shots of the historic streets and buildings that I will use with voice overs.
I may post some clips online somewhere later. If any want the DVD, I will make it as cheap as I can for forum members. After the show is over, we will look at some tweaking and see what others think about it and hopefully market it in a year or two. If not - it still has all been worth it for me.