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My Mother, Myself (1159)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: My Mother, Myself
  • SUBTITLE: N/A
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • REFERENCE WORK: none
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Broadway
  • NATURE: Drama
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: Adult
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 hours
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: I have prepared a full instrumental accompaniment on 2 CDs. I also have piano-conductor scores available, but would prefer use of the CDs.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: My Mother, Myself reveals the connection between adult daughters and their mothers, and how this impacts their relationship with other women.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 2

Cast Description

Five adult women and five upper elementary-age girls

AMANDA: Musical Director (age, mid-thirties and mid-fifties) Mezzo

MANDY: The child within Amanda/Cast (age 6-10)  Mezzo

SUZANNE: Director and Choreographer (age, mid-forties) Soprano

SUSIE: The child within Suzanne/Cast (age 6-10) Soprano

TONI: Artistic Director (costumes and set design)/Actor (age, early forties) Soprano

ANTONIA MARIE: The child within Toni/Cast (age, 6-10) Soprano

ROXY: Technical Director (lighting, sound, carpentry)/Conductor (age, upper forties) Alto

ROXANNE: The child within Roxy/Cast (age 6-10) Alto

HARRIET: Managing Director/Reporter (age, early fifties) Alto

SISSY: The child within Harriet/Cast (age, 6-10) Alto

Synopsis

My Mother, Myself reveals the connection between adult daughters and their mothers, and how this impacts their relationship with other women.  It is actually three musicals performed within one: Amanda’s musical which is a tribute to her mother, the flashback story of Amanda’s connection to the other four women who run the musical theater group of which Amanda is a part and the production about immigration being staged by those women.

Amanda, the protagonist, is developing a musical about her mother, and subconsciously seeks “mothering” from antagonist, Suzanne, who  initially enjoys the admiration, but later sabotages Amanda’s efforts.

SYNOPSIS

#1 Overture

Scene One: The show begins during the final afternoon rehearsal before the opening of Amanda’s Broadway musical which is based on the life of her mother, a novelist of acclaim. The five young girls represent the "child within" each of the five adult characters in the musical (#2 The Child Within Us). Amanda, with Mandy, remains at the piano thinking about the opening of the show and her mother’s death (#3 Close to My Heart). After the rehearsal Amanda is interviewed by a reporter and they discuss the musical and Amanda’s mother (#4 Whatta Woman). The voices of the reporter and Amanda continue through most of the musical and tie the scenes together.

Scene Two: Suzanne is rehearsing the actors in the Immigration Show (#5 America) as Amanda watches. After the rehearsal the five women have a meeting. Toni expresses her frustration with her mother (#6 Nothing is Ever Good Enough). A discussion ensues about dreams and realities (#7 Destiny). Amanda appreciates Suzanne’s support to take on more responsibility (#8 Sister Friends). The girls and women contemplate their place in life (#9 Present Participle Round-About).

Scene Three: Suzanne offers advice to Amanda on choreography (#10 Just Keep it Simple). Amanda rehearses (#11 Diversity). Amanda tells Roxy about the musical she is writing about her mother (#12 Follow in My Footsteps). The women discuss weekend plans (#13 Superwoman). Suzanne feels upstaged and dejected (#14 Until You Came Into My Life).

Scene Four: Suzanne begins to get jealous of Amanda’s success and plots behind her back (#15 I’m Sure Not Going to Be Stepped On). Roxy reminds the others of their own motives (#16 The Thrill of the Theater). Amanda and Suzanne break apart (#17 Dance of Connections).Roxy counsels Amanda not to have unrealistic expectations about her mother or Suzanne (#18 Pedestals).

Scene Five: Amanda’s musical is accepted for production (#19 Why Couldn’t You Be Happy?). She resigns from the Women’s Theater Group and begins rehearsals for her musical (#20 I Remember a Time). The girls demonstrate a recently added song (#21 Sound Advice).Amanda makes peace with her mother’s death (#22 Who Will Nurture Me?) The show concludes with an understanding of the complexities of mother-daughter relationships (#23 My Mother, Myself).

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