I’ve watched as some friends have done Cabarets and always admired them and what they do, but I could never think of doing one of my own. I’ve never really felt that into the re-interpretation of songs to fit my life, or something I want to say. But… Using my own songs to tell my story? Sign me up! It’s so much fun to pinpoint the moment when you left home, made a decision, or had inspiration with the song that you associate (or was even conceived) in that moment.
Using my musical theatre songs, as well as my early folk and comedy songs, the show traced the story of what it is to be a Canadian Musical Theatre writer (which in the grand scheme of things is pretty similar to the stories of a lot of my friends). I traced the line from my first song in high school “Ben” about being a baritone in a tenor’s world, through moving to Toronto, Jersey Boys, meeting so many of my wonderful cousins from Newfoundland, and finally to the decision so many of us face everyday: whether to continue in this crazy business of the arts.
And what a joy to have so many friends and even some family there.
Just You’re Average Canadian Musical Theatre Writer (Grant, you need to work on the length of some of your show titles) was a great time. And how great to have some of the friends I’ve met along the way join me on stage: Laura Caswell and Lisa Horner (both from the Ontario premiere of Bingo Ladies) and my friend and fellow composer Scott Christian on keys.
Thanks to Jenny Walls for inviting me to be a part of the ongoing Cabaret Series at the 120 Diner.