Yes, I’ve been asked that many times. Why write a musical about Kearny? That answer is two-fold. First, my good friend Linda suggested that there be a musical about Kearny to celebrate the Town of Kearny 150th. Those who know me realize why I wanted to jump on that. I like to think that I can write … plays that is. I’ve written a few that are pretty good, but this needs to be a HUGE show.
Another reason why I wanted to write this show is … inspiration! In 2012 I saw an amazing show on Broadway called Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. It was all about the president and his life. Not only was it told through a contemporary score, but it made history fun. (Think the way Bill Nye inspired all of us to go into science – just me?) Anywho, I’ve wanted to write a historical piece for a while. I actually started writing a musical based on William Henry Harrison. Harrison had the shortest term of any U.S. President (just 32 days). I thought – what could he have done? So, I started to research and write. I didn’t really come across anything to exciting and then it happened … HAMILTON.
When I moved to Minnesota I left behind Broadway and New York theatre. I’d usually see a show a week (to be honest I’ve had ‘two-show’ days where I’d see a matinee then an evening show – one day I even was able to see 3 shows!!). Hamilton hit Broadway just as I got settled here. It blew up and I thought, “Yeah, history on the stage could work!” (Thanks Lin!). While I haven’t seen the show yet, like many Americans I’ve listened to the cast recording … on repeat … several times over!
So here I am. Writing a contemporary historical piece about a true American warrior. You’re going to love Kearny’s story. It’s majestic, controversial and relatable. I can’t wait to share it with you!