Famed singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester stars in her new musical about romance and longing in small-town America in the 1950s. Based on the novel by Bernice Rubens, with music by Melissa Manchester, book by Jeffrey Sweet, and lyrics by Jeffrey Sweet and Melissa Manchester.
>The Wonderful O tells of a man named Black who despised the letter "O". He deleted it from his language and omitted it from his words. Opals, moonstones, owls and oaks could not possibly be his items of choice. He preferred emeralds, rubies, sapphires and maps. At least they had no "O". Soon he wanted his entire village to omit the letter "O". But the villagers found words they would not do without HOPE, LOVE, VALOR, and the most important one of all.
"Poem or Puzzle or Plot?"
Ever miss a prime opportunity for a snappy comeback or a perfect putdown? We all have, kicking ourselves later when we think of what we could have said. The well-aimed insult was never in better shape than when Shakespeare mastered the art of defining dramatic conflict with rapier wit rather than swordplay.
In the year 2005, Sarah finds herself drawn into the tumultuous lives of her unconventional ancestors. She calls to memory her great-grandmother Sarah, propelled by a Russian pogrom to America in 1906; her grandmother Salome, who cavorted with Henry Miller in pre-war Paris; and finally her mother, Sally, a famous folk singer and emblem of the 1960s. Through the paradoxical nature of memory, Sarah comes to understand and impart her own story.
Three troubled women meet in the shadowy streets below Chicago's Loop... They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for each of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers Chicago's streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary's blood seeping through a crack in a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel.
Recollections of childhood celebrations are brought together here, from the Yiddish translation of "A Visit from St Nicholas" to a mother reminiscing about her childhood Hannukah celebrations - or as her Gentile friends call it, "Jewish Christmas".
In high school, Tess and Jamie had something special going: the football star with the great voice was also an orphan, and he built his hopes and dreams around the girl he loved. But Tess' Father believed she was meant for greater things, and so, against her will, Tess left Jamie behind. Now, 10 years later, at the height of her success as a celebrity journalist in New York City, Tess walks around with a shell encircling her heart.