A couple of nights ago I lost my mind and did the unthinkable. Well, unthinkable for me at least. On Thursday night I went to see a new musical.
Well, not really about cancer.
But about cancer.
And love. And family. And fate. And choice. And daughters. And being a really handsome man with a tight shirt. (I swear to God Erin Robere looks like he was drawn from my 14-year-old self’s spank bank). And being an incredible actress able to convey the subtleties of impending doom as her cancer metastasizes. And about incredible new writing. And beautiful harmonies. And pain. And sorrow. And the sometimes REALLY FUCKING SHITTY CIRCLE OF LIFE where bad things happen to good people for no reason.
SEASONS is a brand spanking new musical from Elaine Pechacek and Katie Hammond, directed by Scott Browning and it is quite frankly wonderful.
Not since seeing Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home in NYC have I been so moved by a piece of musical theatre. It’s not really my bag (OK, I’ll hand my gay card in later), though sometimes the subject matter gets me to bite down and take a risk.
I won’t pretend to be a musical theatre mod, but in my time working in the arts I’ve been around the birth of some brilliant and culturally important productions. This seems like one of those times.
I can’t wait to see how the show develops.
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Barry Church-Woods is a perfect homosexual living in Edinburgh, Scotland with his civil partner Josef. He works for the largest arts festival in the world and makes a martini so dirty it would make Margaret Cho blush. He’s currently lording it at the Orlando Fringe. Today he smells of Armani Diamond and SPF50.