Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shameless Sister Promotion

It's that time again, folks! My sister is in another new show and I'm here to shamelessly plug said show. Any of you in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area, this post is for YOU!

This time around Heather will be singing in Songs for a New World at the New American Theater in downtown St. Pete, at Baywalk (map here). Here's a little synopsis of the show for you, courtesy of the theater website:
This show is about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice. With an emotionally charged score of contemporary pop/rock, gospel-driven ballads, funky R&B and twisting love songs, the audience is transported from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Songs for a New World features an array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto, to a woman whose dream of marrying rich leaves her in a soulless marriage, to the woman behind the man behind Christmas. These are the stories and characters of today; the Songs for a New World.

And a little more elaboration (taken from a full overview/analysis you can read here):
One of the characters in Songs for a New World says, "I don't want to philosophize. I just want to tell a story." And that line describes Songs for a New World perfectly; in fact, it tells a whole collection of stories. It's not a book musical - there is no over-arching plot and no consistent characters throughout the evening. ...And yet it has a very strong sense of unity about it.  
... It accomplishes this mainly because every song in the show is essentially about the same thing: those moments in life when everything seems perfect and then suddenly disaster strikes, in the form of the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, imprisonment, even suicide. But it's even more about surviving those moments. It's about the way we regroup and figure out how to survive in a new set of circumstances - a new world - even against seemingly overwhelming odds. These are songs about that new world, a world in which the definitions of family, distance, money, technology, the very nature of human contact is changing every day, a world in which rules don't apply as often as they do, a world in which the solutions our parents found dont' work for us, and a world in which today's answers probably won't apply tomorrow. For someone who has lost his job or lost a spouse, our everyday world becomes just as frightening, just as dangerous, just as uncharted as the New World to Columbus.

Doesn't it sound like a great show? I had never heard of it before, but the concept sounds really interesting. We can all relate to that feeling of "what do I do now" that you are faced with when you deal with change in your life, your "new world." I can hardly wait to see Heather perform in this show! I will be going to the matinee performance next Sunday (April 3rd) when we are in Florida.

And now for all the info you need:

Tonight is a preview performance of the show at 7:30 p.m. After tonight, the show will play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for THREE WEEKENDS ONLY (March 24-27 & 31, April 1-3, and April 7-10) - so don't delay in checking this show out! Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $27.50 for Thursday and Sunday performances, or $32.50 for Friday and Saturday performances. They also offer a $3 discount for students and seniors. Get your tickets HERE!

So, if you live in Tampa/St. Pete and you're looking for a nice evening out over the course of the next few weekends, please consider checking out my beautiful and talented sister in Songs for a New World at the New American Theater! I am sure you will not regret it!

And if you go, be sure to cheer loudly for this girl! She rocks!


moderndaywife said...

Aww yay I want to go see her show too :-) She is amazing!!

Dad said...

Hard to judge whether "Christmas Lullaby" or "I'm not afraid of anything" was my favorite last night! Heather always tells a story when she sings instead of like so many that just sing notes. I may be biased but this woman is talented!

Can't wait to go again with the the Waters!

Molly said...

Go, Heather!