Video Round-up: Headline Inspired Musicals
COME FROM AWAY – “Welcome to the Rock”
Come from Away is a Canadian musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The show takes place in the week following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and shares the heartwarming story of how a quiet town in Newfoundland welcomed hundreds of stranded travellers from all around the world.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL – “Hold Me, Bat Boy”
Bat Boy: The Musical is written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. This show is based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News headline about a half-boy, half-bat, that was found living in a cave in West Virginia.
Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentina political leader Eva Perón, following her humble beginnings, rise to power and ultimately her death.
DISNEY’S NEWSIES – “King of New York”
SIDESHOW – “I Will Never Leave You”
Side Show is a musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger. It is based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, two famed stage performers from the 1930s who were also conjoined twins.
Photo Credit: Kara Lindsay and Broadway company of Disney’s Newsies. Photo by Deen van Meer.