next year the ‘little’ musical sherwin and i wrote will be 29 years old. we’ve been invited to revive the show and produce 5 performances at the ferarra theater in st. louis during the summer of 2016.
we first wrote and staged the show in 1987. over 4 hours long, we only had two live performances in boston at the famous, and ancient, boston opera house. we videotaped a matinee and evening show live with over 100 people involved in the production, not including the camera crew who flew in to join the madness. over 5000 people attended.
the second act had never been rehearsed in its entirety… we didn’t have time for a complete dress rehearsal… for those of us involved, it was epic. it was crazy. and it was summer. the boston opera house has no air conditioning. what am i saying? boston has no air conditioning anywhere. so those two shows were hot as blazes. we all sweated through it, audience and cast and crew alike. if you were there, you, uh, are old.
and if you were there you probably have stories to tell.
seven years later, 1994, we trimmed the show down, wrote some new songs and did a ‘revised’ version. weighing in at two hours and thirty eight minutes long, we call it the ‘short version’. people who saw the original are fairly split on which one they like the most. children grew up watching vhs tapes of the original and think it’s the bible and shouldn’t be altered. children who grew up watching the second version don’t know what vhs is.
sherwin and i are old and cranky now. well, i am. he still looks like him, i look like ice cream melting. he’s still nice and gets invited out; mothers take children off the streets when i approach and for some reason even my closest friends have taken to wearing garlic cloves around their necks if i’m around. but, we’re a team, sherwin and me. a continent apart, we’re working our hearts out getting ready for upsidedown 2016.
our kids are grown up and are joining us in producing this new version of the show. we’ve never had upsidedown published with music and lyrics so we’re very excited by the opportunity to finally get this all down in a version that will hopefully last long after we die; or at least until sherwin starts melting.
social media is pretty baffling to me. no big deal, i baffle easily. i still have a vhs player; the clock still blinks; it still has a pied piper’s video stuck in it with cheerios, a broken lego and a 20 year old macdonald’s french fry hanging out the slot. but our plan for casting and crewing this mammoth undertaking is just now taking shape and our main way of spreading the news is… not myspace. we have a fb group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/upsidedownmusical2016/ and will use it… a lot… to get the word out. meanwhile, you can help by praying, tweeting, texting, twirling… but no twerking.
the ferrara theater has 1411 seats. we plan on 5 performances. you need to buy your tickets, uh, now. yesterday. immediately. only they’re not ready yet. so when we tell you on fb or wherever to go buy a ticket, please, at that time go buy a ticket… for everyone you know.
here’s a picture of the president on the ferrara stage.
maybe we can get him to play Jesus…