The Story of My Life (musical)
|The Story of My Life|
2008 Goodspeed Musicals
The musical debuted in Toronto in 2006 and premiered on Broadway in February 2009, closing after five regular performances.
The musical follows a lifelong friendship between two men, Alvin and Thomas, whose childhood bond continues throughout their adult years. Amazon.com describes the musical as "an authentic and affecting work, told through a series of songs in turn playful, touching and dramatic, and expertly orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. One New York critic predicted, 'When the original cast recording comes out, see if you don't find yourself moved to Google the name of some long-lost friend with whom you simply lost touch. The Story Of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories'."
Following developmental readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and CanStage, The Story of My Life was produced in Toronto at the Canadian Stage Company in 2006. It was next produced at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in the fall of 2007.
The musical then ran at Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, Connecticut from October 10, 2008 through November 2. The production was directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., and featured Will Chase as Thomas Weaver and Malcolm Gets as Alvin Kelby.
The Story of My Life premiered on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on February 3, 2009 and opened officially on February 19, 2009. Maltby directed with Chase and Gets reprising their roles. The musical closed on February 22, 2009 after five performances and 18 previews.
The Story of My Life received four 2009 Drama Desk Award nominations: Outstanding Music (Neil Bartram), Outstanding Lyrics (Neil Bartram), Outstanding Book (Brian Hill), and Outstanding Musical.
The Story of My Life received its first regional production in April 2010, at Act 2 Playhouse in Ambler, Pennsylvania. It was directed by Act 2's Producing Artistic Director Bud Martin (an original producer of the Broadway production) and starred Barrymore Award Winner Tony Braithwaite as Alvin Kelby and Jim Stanek as Thomas.
The Story of My LIfe opened at the Dongsoong Art Center in central Seoul, Korea, on July 13 2010, produced by the OD Musical Company. That production returned on October 28th 2011.
The Northern California premiere opened at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, CA on November 4, 2010. It starred William Giammona as Thomas Weaver and Paul Araquistain as Alvin Kelby. The production was directed by Dennis M. Lickteig and Music Directed and conducted by Joe Simiele.
The Story of My Life opened at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, IL on November 9, 2010. The production is produced by Chicago Muse and stars Jack Noseworthy and Davis Duffield.
The Story of My Life film based on the 2010 Seoul Korea based OD Musical Company production released in 2011.
The San Francisco premiere of The Story of My Life opened at the New Conservatory Theater on January 28, 2012 following six previews. It closed on February 26, 2012. The production starred Coley Grundman as Alvin Kelby and William Giammona as Thomas Weaver. The production was directed by Dennis Lickteig and music directed by Joe Simiele with Stage Management by Blake Kennedy. Kuo-Hao Ho provided set design, Christian Mejia designed lights and Jessie Amoroso created the costumes.
The Atlanta premiere opened at Centerstage North on May 11, 2012, starring Kelly David Carr as Alvin Kelby and John Stanier as Thomas Weaver. The production was directed by Julie Taliaferro with music direction by Bill Newberry, set design by Jasmine Vouge Pai, lighting design by John F. Parker Jr., and accompaniment by Barbara Capogna Macko.
- Write What You Know - Thomas Weaver
- Mrs. Remington - Alvin Kelby
- The Greatest Gift - Alvin Kelby and Thomas Weaver
- 1876 - Thomas Weaver
- Normal - Thomas Weaver
- People Carry On - Alvin Kelby
- The Butterfly - Thomas Weaver
- Saying Goodbye (Part 1) - Thomas Weaver and Alvin Kelby
- Here's Where It Begins - Thomas Weaver and Alvin Kelby
- Saying Goodbye (Part 2) - Thomas Weaver and Alvin Kelby
- Independence Day - Alvin Kelby
- Saying Goodbye (Part 3) - Thomas Weaver and Alvin Kelby
- I Like It Here - Thomas Weaver
- You're Amazing, Tom - Alvin Kelby
- Nothing There/Saying Goodbye (Part 4) - Thomas Weaver and Alvin Kelby
- I Didn't See Alvin - Thomas Weaver
- This Is It - Alvin Kelby and Thomas Weaver
- Angels in the Snow - Alvin Kelby and Thomas Weaver
Ben Brantley, in his New York Times review, wrote that "In addition to jettisoning the usual excesses of tourist-trapping extravaganzas, they have tossed away such niceties as originality, credibility, tension and excitement...Mr. Chase and Mr. Gets sing and act with winning (and, under the circumstances, merciful) restraint."
Michael Kuchwara, in his Associated Press review, wrote "The Story of My Life is a heartfelt little musical that has the courage of its sweet-tempered, low-key convictions. These days, that's a novelty. In a Broadway world of big musicals determined to sell themselves, this gentle new show celebrates softly but with an emotional pull that slowly wins you over."
NY1's Roma Torre said "Partners Neil Bartram, who wrote the music and lyrics, and Brian Hill, who wrote the obviously Sondheim-inspired book, fine-tuned this work with a keen insight for those seemingly inconsequential moments in relationships that turn out to be magically momentous. Bartram's lovely songs resonate on many levels, while Richard Maltby Jr. adds further dimension with his sharply-etched direction. Will Chase as Thomas and Malcolm Gets as Alvin are exceptionally talented. So perfectly matched in ways both subtle and large, they deliver splendidly calibrated performances that are simply flawless....This is an impressive collaborative effort that, despite its minimalism, has the power to pack quite an emotional punch."
- "Cast Recording Released 6/2, Now Avaliable [sic] For Pre-order" broadwayworld.com, May 5, 2009
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- Kuchwara, Michael.Review: Friendship flowers in 'Story of My Life' foxnews.com (AP), February 19, 2009
- Torre, Roma."NY1 Theater Review" ny1.com