Living in Washington DC, it is easy to get inured to treasures that we drive and walk past every day. Last night at the National Archives, we put on a reading of ten of the songs from 19, our musical about Alice Paul and the struggle for women’s suffrage one hundred years ago. We all had a chance to, once again, see our Constitution, and of course, the 19th Amendment. It is right there. The real thing. The Archives had an extensive and thoughtful exhibit on suffrage in America. What a great city to live in.
I have been working on this musical for nearly two years now. It is an important topic. It might be as important today as at any time over the past 100 years. I’m happy to work with the talented Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, my creative partners, on this. Last week we performed songs from this show at the Library of Congress. Nancy Pelosi was the keynote speaker for this opening of the exhibit on women’s suffrage. Here are two songs: one of celebration and one of heartbreak. Millicent Scarlett( pictured) plays Ida B. Wells and is a force of nature. She is as compelling an actor/singer as I have ever worked with. Hers is the second song: “Will You Be Here for Me.”
A three act story of Jim, a manager at an auto parts store, meeting Jesus. His failing marriage fully dissolves. Jim’s atheistic children and his employees at Turbo Auto Parts remain suspicious of the existence of the son of God even as low-rent miracles appear all around them. Jesus convinces no one of anything, but does have one very good parlor trick.
Scheduled World Premier- March 2018
A Musical. The story of suffragists Alice Paul. Ida B.Wells and Carrie Chapman Catt and the journey to the passage of the 19th Ammendment. I amwriting the music. Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw are writing the book and the lyrics.
Nov 1,2,3 2017 Workshop The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA