Directors' Choice Award Winner
Hit Song The Musical!
book, music & lyrics by Keith Edwards
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Billy Phoenix, a twelve-year-old boy with Autism is trapped in his own little world. Already confused and isolated, his existence takes a sudden tumble when he finds his mother; his best friend and only known relative, dead from a drug overdose. She had raised him as a single mom after his father, Johnny Canyon, a fallen Country Music star deserted them when Billy was very young. Bewildered, alone and confused Billy is forced to re-unite with the father he never knew. With the Guidance and devotion of school counselor Lexie Le Barnes, Billy commences a journey to discover himself and his father while Johnny Canyon comes to realize the incredible and unusual talents Billy has as a wordsmith. As Johnny helps Billy realize the talent within his previously lost self, Johnny too discovers a sense of purpose more important than scrambling to write the next, elusive, HIT SONG! Together they help one another discover what is special and unique within themselves. Interlaced within the story is a love affair that had ended and is re-kindled between Johnny and Lexie in the midst of Billy’s crisis.
In addition to losing his mother and re-uniting with a father whom he blames for his mom’s suicide Billy must contend with students bullying him, and a teacher who does not believe in treating “Special Education” students “special”.
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