Act One. I’ve finished Act One (at least for now). This is my first draft and I’m pretty excited about it. The first act introduces us to how we will tell the story. Basically we have A group of actors on stage that start as the audience when General Kearny’s body is moved to Arlington National Cemetery. Suddenly the statue of General Kearny comes alive and talks directly to the audience. He decides instead of speeches he’d like to tell his story. The actors become the players of his story and we follow Kearny through his life.
Act One covers his life from separating from his first wife, meeting his love Agnes and ends as Kearny enters the Civil War. There’s some crazy awesome music. Here’s a look at the outline (songs are in all caps).
1 – PROLOGUE: A NIGHT WE WILL ALL REMEMBER (COMPANY)
Scene 1: Arlington National Cemetery, 1912
2 – KEARNY IS A WARRIOR TO ME! (COMPANY)
Scene 2: Kearny’s Home, 1849
3 – IN THIS LIFETIME (KEARNY & DIANA)
Scene 3: Paris, 1853
4 – IT’S FINALLY LOVE (KEARNY & AGNES)
Scene 4: Back in the U.S., 1854
5 – I SEE HIS/HER FACE (AGNES, KEARNY, & DIANA)
Scene 5: Bellegrove, 1855 and the Civil War
6 – IT’S TIME FOR A FIGHT (KEARNY & SOLDIERS)
I love the music so far. My favorite song is probably I See His/Her Face. It involves 3 actors singing at once. It’s Time For A Fight is a hard-core rock song with tons of electric guitar and drums. Song #3 In This Lifetime was composed by award winning composer Karen Sokolof Javitch. She and I have been working on another musical – I’m Gonna Fly – and I loved this song. I originally had a different song that I was working on. I asked Karen if I could re-write her song and use it and she said yes. So now it’s in the show!