Tomorrow Morning

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This article is about the musical. For the Eels album, see Tomorrow Morning (album). For the Jack Johnson song, see On and On (Jack Johnson album).

Tomorrow Morning is an off-Broadway musical by British composer and lyricist Laurence Mark Wythe. The story concerns the relationships of two couples separated by a span of time; one couple is getting married, while the other is getting divorced.

The musical was first seen in London in 2006 at the New End Theatre. It was presented at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater in Chicago where it won a 2009 Jeff Award for Best Musical. Further productions have been given, including an Off-Broadway production by the York Theatre in 2011. The show has been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, among others.

Plot[edit]

Two couples are separated by a span of time. Jack and Catherine, who are in their late 30s, are getting divorced. John and Kat, who are in their 20s, are getting married. On the eve of their wedding, Kat finds out that she is pregnant. When she informs Jack, he walks out on her. Catherine and John argue about their divorce settlement. Adam, their 10-year-old son, disappears, causing the couple to realize that they still care for each other. It turns out that the two couples are the same people: John and Kat are Jack and Catherine's memories of their younger selves. Jack returns to Kat, and John and Catherine reconcile.

Productions[edit]

Over the years 2002 to 2006, the musical had development workshops supported by Mercury Musical Developments and West End producer Hilary A. Williams. The show was showcased at Theatre Building Chicago's Stages Festival of New Musicals in 2007.

The show premiered in London in 2006 at the New End Theatre and was later presented at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater in Chicago in 2008.[1] Several changes were made when the show moved to Chicago. The song The Time is Coming was replaced by The Pool Guy, Chapter 17 replaced by Self Portrait and the finale Suddenly by All About Today. The plot was also extensively re-written by Wythe to introduce a pregnancy for the character of Kat. Also, the song Look What We Made was originally sung by the characters of Jack and Catherine, but in Chicago it became a song for the two men, Jack and John, thinking about their son and the son of the future respectively.[1]

An Australian production of the show opened in Melbourne on 1 September 2010 at the Treble Clef Jazz Lounge, directed by Joel Baltaha and later transferred to Chapel of Chapel in downtown Melbourne. A London production played at the Landor Theatre in October 2010 starring Julie Atherton and Jon Lee.[citation needed]

An Off-Broadway production began previews at the York Theatre in New York City on 21 March 2011, and officially opened on 30 March, in a limited engagement that closed on 23 April 2011.[2] Directed by Tom Mullen, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, it starred D.B. Bonds, Autumn Hurlbert, Matthew Hydzik and Mary Mossberg.[3] This production was played without an intermission and changes were made to the story. Several songs were removed, and two new songs, What it Takes and The Game Show were added.[citation needed]

Critical Reception[edit]

The critics were mostly very favorable to the show in Chicago, where Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune gave the show 3 and a half stars and ranked it in his top 20 shows of 2008. He also called it "A Must See Work" and said "What Could Be Better Value for Money?" Hedy Weiss at the Chicago Sun Times said it was "Deftly Structured" and "Neatly Observed" though she was slightly more muted in her praise of the show, despite having done a full feature on Wythe a few weeks earlier.[4] In London the show received good reviews - The Stage called it "A remarkable collaboration of all round talent"; Whats On Stage.com called it "Witty & Poignant". Laurence Mark Wythe's website. A 2008 production ran at Spirit of Broadway Theatre in Norwich, Connecticut.

The Off-Broadway production received mixed reviews. Back Stage praised Wythe but commented: "Though smart and pleasant from moment to moment, the show is lukewarm and unoriginal overall."[5] The New York Post similarly wrote that the show "conveys the less-than-revelatory message that marriage can lead to divorce."[6] Talkin' Broadway gave the musical a positive review, calling it "Irresistible".[7]

In 2010, Lyn Gardner in The Guardian said that much of the score for Tomorrow Morning was "sublime, and sublimely delivered". She gave the show three and a half stars. Time Out London gave the show four stars and made it Critics Choice. Michael Coveny in The Independent had less glowing praise for the show itself but pointed out Wythe's skill as a composer and lyricist and his potential for the future. Paul Vale in The Stage called the show "thoughtful and intelligent". Mark Shenton, in the Sunday Express described the show as "coolly adult, neatly propelled by an earnest song cycle".

In Australia, Theatrepeople.au wrote: "Due to the delicacy, intelligence and honesty of Wythe’s writing, it may very well be Tomorrow Morning that goes down in posterity as the preeminent work in this expanding, sub-genre of musical theatre".[citation needed]

Notable Casting[edit]

Kat John Catherine Jack
2006 London Emma Williams Stephen Ashfield Annette McLaughlin Alastair Robins
2008 Connecticut Courtney Rioux Jeremy Jonet Lisa Foss Frank Calamaro
2008 Chicago Emily Thompson Michael Mahler Charissa Armon Jonathan Rayson
2010–2011 Australia Krystal Shute Jonathan Guthrie-Jones Natasha Bassett Blake Testro
2010 London Julie Atherton Jon Lee Yvette Robinson Grant Neal
2011 New York City Autumn Hurlbert Matt Hydzik Mary Mossberg DB Bonds

Recordings[edit]

The London cast album was released in 2006 on the Dress Circle label. The Chicago production's cast album was released in 2010. Both albums are produced by the composer, though conductor Matt Brind is credited as co-producer on the 2006 album, with Nigel Wright credited as Executive Producer. The first foreign language album will be released in 2014 in a German translation by Daniel Grosse-Boymann on the CoCordis record label in Austria.

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 Jeff Awards, Chicago - Best Musical (midsize) (Winner)
  • 2009 Jeff Awards Chicago - Best Artistic Specialization (Winner)
  • 2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards - Outstanding New Off Broadway Musical (Nominee)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tomorrow Morning Official Website
  2. ^ Fingerman, Dan. Tomorrow Morning. The Easy, 31 March 2011
  3. ^ "Tomorrow Morning announces cast". NewYorkTheatreGuide.com, 1 March 2011
  4. ^ http://laurencemarkwythe.com
  5. ^ Johnson, Clifford Lee. Tomorrow Morning. Back Stage, 31 March 2011
  6. ^ Scheck, Frank. "Tomorrow is only day-to-day". New York Post, 31 March 2011
  7. ^ Murray, Matthew. Tomorrow Morning. Talkin' Broadway, 30 March 2011