Thursday, December 02, 2010

Welcome To My Life

Last Monday, my friend, the brilliant composer/lyricist Bobby Cronin, had his debut concert at Birdland. About nine months ago I met Bobby at an industry reading for one of his musicals and shortly thereafter joined him on what has been one of the most thrilling journeys of my life. In the months following that initial introduction to his music, he and I collaborated on the book for the powerful rock-musical Welcome To My Life, one of the many musicals Bobby wrote the music and lyrics for. During Monday's concert, Bobby said that every parent and every teenager should see this musical. I couldn't agree more - and not just because I am one of the writers on the project. I remember what being a teenager was like. It sucked. I can't even imagine what it is like to be a teenager today, let alone being a teenager in crisis. How wonderful to be able to tell the story that touches upon several of the issues facing today's teens in the form of new musical theatre!

That said, Bobby and I are ready to take the next steps in our journey together. 2011 promises to be very exciting as we work to put Welcome To My Life up on the boards and introduce this honest, moving and thrilling new rock musical to a new generation of audiences. The new year will also see Bobby and I working on some new projects together, an opportunity for which I am exceedingly thankful. Truly - the best is yet to come!

To preview some songs from Welcome To My Life, check out the videos below of Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Gerard Canonico and Tituss Burgess singing some selections at the Birdland concert.



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