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Friday, November 30, 2007

Well, well, well

Tonight, my show opens. It's the biggest, most complex thing I've ever done, I think. I wrote the script, wrote all the music and vocal arrangements (15 songs in all), and I directed it....on, I might add, a set that I designed and built. And tonight, an audience sits in judgement.

And...I'm freaking out (but just a little). I mean, if it doesn't work, where does the finger of blame and disappointment point? the playwright, or the director, or the composer. So, yeah, I'm going to be feeling a bit in the cross-hairs.

On the other hand, if it does work, it'll be a magical wondrous thing....and during the last several rehearsals, it did work. We had a small preview audience last night, and they seemed to enjoy it very much.

It's going to be weird, tonight. I've been working on this literally every night for over six months. The music alone was several months of composing. And I've been tweaking the show and music as we've gone along -- that's part of the nature of a world premiere, I suspect. As of now, though, I'm done. It's in the actor's hands, now.

Anyway, I will say this (at the risk of self-aggrandizement): I'm not sure I know anyone else who could have written a script; composed a fairly complex vocal score; directed the show; and designed the stage (not to mention make the program and design the marketing campaign). God, that sounded pretty "cool cool Ted"ish.....didn't mean it to. But I must say I am pretty proud of the effort and, one hopes, the results.