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!