Demo Opening for a Musical Show

Time for a track that is is quite different from the tranquil piano music you may know me for!

Some years ago my friend (lyricist Robert Gray) & I had an original idea for a musical theater show (Working Titles: “Joy Ride” / “Northern Star“). For a number of reasons, the musical was never completed – maybe one day it will!

Anyway, we produced a premature large-scale demo of the opening number (with still lots of work to be done on story, lyrics & music). But whatever! It was fun & an awesome learning experience, back then when I scored with just paper, pencil & pianos! Click here to read the notes while listening!)

Plot: This track “Been There? Doubt That!” contains a brief prelude and launches straight into the show opener: We’re live during a news interview of an author who’s presenting a new book about the Moon landings. The scene quickly shifts to Times Square, where a reporter asks passersby if they believe we’ve been to the Moon or not. A heated debate ensues. At a certain point the crowd happens to see one of the Astronauts from the Apollo Moon missions (who just happens to be in New York, right – this idea was later scratched!) who sings about the beauty of the Earth from up there, but he is quickly dismissed by the doubters! This demo closes with traffic noises and a ghostly clip of President John F. Kennedy reciting his famous moon speech (“We choose to go the the Moon”) although the latter was not actually part of the plot. Once the song finishes, the scene shifts to the hero and an intriguing plot of Love, Ecology and Planets begins to unveil.



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