Hello Gentle Reader,
Do you remember hearing your favorite vocalist for the first time? I remember the first time I ever heard the amazing voice of LaChanze. Her voice was strong and clear as a bell. So much emotion behind it. And I fell in love with that voice. I mean, how could you NOT!?
The musical that introduced me to this stellar vocalist was an incredible show written by Ahrens and Flaherty. This is the same team that brought other great shows like “Ragtime”, “Seussical”, “Lucky Stiff” and “Rocky: The Musical” and are currently on Broadway with “Anastasia.” The show that I am speaking of, Dear Reader, is none other than the wonderful and charming, “Once on This Island.”
A beautiful and uplifting story of “the power of love against the power of death” set in a mythical island where racial tensions run high between the different classes of people. LaChanze played the character Ti Moune, an orphan saved from a devastating storm by a couple who found her in a tree. As she grows, she longs for something more than her simple life in the village. “And the Gods heard her prayers.”
As I watched this year’s Tony Awards, I was wondering to myself why there hasn’t been a revival done of “Once on This Island” yet. Little did I know that there were people already working on this very thing!
After 27 years away, it will be returning to Broadway THIS FALL!!!!!! Gentle Reader, if I could grab your hands and jump up and down with you, I TOTALLY WOULD!!! What is even more amazing is that there is an international open casting call for the role of Ti Moune!! In Haiti, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Atlanta at the beginning of April, YOU have a chance to be the next Ti Moune. Check out this link for all the deets!
If you have dreams of playing this role, I encourage you to go and audition. And break some legs, if you do!!!
What is your favorite song from OoTI? Mine is easy. Check it out! Still gives me the chills to hear her sing this song. Are you excited for this revival? Let me know in the comments below!!
Until next time, Gentle Reader…