So happy (and, I'll admitted, relieved) to share this rave review of our world premiere production of The Loneliest Girl in the World from the San Diego Tribune! My favorite pull quotes:
"...absorbing and smartly conceived new musical... "
"The beauty queen turned singer and orange-juice pitchwoman said some pretty ugly things about gay people once upon a time, spritzing her bigotry with the perfume of putative Christianity."
"One remarkable — and admirable — aspect of “Loneliest Girl” ...is the generosity of spirit that writer-lyricist Gordon Leary and composer Julia Meinwald extend to their subject."
"Writer Leary extends the pie motif to encompass Tommy’s bonding with his bewildered but supportive mom... over baking. The dessert’s later use as a projectile becomes an expression of something like tough love."
"Meinwald’s score hooks a playgoer with all kinds of strong melodic lines, and meshes gracefully with such well-turned Leary lyrics as: “People like me, no matter what we do, will never be people to you.”
"This is a show with enough confidence to resist some grand concluding musical statement, in favor of an almost cartoonish number whose title sums up the futility of Bryant’s wrongheaded quest: “Oh Well.”