Series which tells how the British musical became a driving force behind musical theatre around the world - a tale of shows, daring, rivalries, talent and fortunes set in just a single square mile.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Story of Musicals - The Story of My Life (musical) - Netflix
The Story of My Life is a musical with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, and a book by Brian Hill. The show follows two childhood friends from age six to 35 and has only two characters. The musical debuted at Canadian Stage Company in Toronto in 2006 starring Brent Carver and Jeffrey Kuhn and premiered on Broadway in February 2009, closing after nineteen previews and five regular performances.
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The musical follows a lifelong friendship between two men, Alvin and Thomas, whose childhood bond continues throughout their adult years. Amazon.com describes the musical as “an authentic and affecting work, told through a series of songs in turn playful, touching and dramatic, and expertly orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. One New York critic predicted, 'When the original cast recording comes out, see if you don't find yourself moved to Google the name of some long-lost friend with whom you simply lost touch. The Story Of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories'.” Summary Thomas stands alone, contemplating how to write his eulogy for his best friend Alvin's funeral. He comes to the conclusion that it should be about his life with Alvin (“Write What You Know”) but cannot bring himself to write anything down. He is then visited by the ghost of Alvin, who tells him that they will write story after story about their childhood, until Thomas has completed the eulogy. Alvin walks around the room and removes stories from the room’s bookshelves, which make up the musical’s remaining songs. Starting at the beginning of their friendship, Alvin recalls their meeting in “Mrs. Remington('s)” first-grade class where Alvin was the only student to recognize that Thomas was dressed as Clarence (from It's a Wonderful Life) for Halloween. The two became inseparable, with Thomas spending more and more time with Alvin in his father’s bookstore. Alvin gives Thomas “The Greatest Gift” of a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which inspires Thomas’ sixth-grade book report (“1876”). This book report inspired Thomas to be a writer and, outside the story, Thomas tries to pull the focus back to writing Alvin’s eulogy. Alvin removes a story from the shelf, which is about his abnormal tendencies and Thomas’ attempts to reign them in (“Normal”). The story ends with a group of bullies throwing Alvin’s bathrobe, which belonged to his deceased mother, over a bridge. Alvin is sad but hopeful that “People Carry On” after a loss. In another story, Thomas reads his college entrance essay on the Butterfly Effect (“The Butterfly”) to Alvin. Thomas is accepted into college and leaves Alvin, who is now working at his father’s bookstore, behind (“Saying Goodbye, Part 1”). When Thomas comes home for Christmas, he talks about his creative process; this bores Alvin, who wants to play in the snow as they did when they were young (“Here’s Where It Begins”). Thomas leaves, graduates, and becomes a semi-famous writer. When he returns home again, he brings home his “colleague, girlfriend, and number-one fan” Anne. Alvin worries that Anne will draw Thomas away from him and seems sad about his life in the bookstore, which he assumes ownership of after his father gets sick (“Saying Goodbye, Part 2”). Thomas returns home to help Alvin with the paperwork to finish the transfer of ownership. Alvin asks Thomas to stay in town with him, but Thomas invites Alvin to join him in the city instead (“Independence Day”). After receiving many excited phone calls from Alvin, Thomas tells him that he shouldn’t come after all because it’s “not a good time,” and then breaks up with Anne (“I Like It Here”). Thomas doesn’t tell Alvin about the break-up, and tries to “streamline his personal life” to avoid writer’s block. Alvin writes Thomas from the bookstore to congratulate him on his continued success (“You’re Amazing, Tom”). Thomas ignores the letters and stops coming home, suffering from writer’s block while writing about the angles in the snow (“Nothing There”). Thomas goes home yet again and sneaks in to watch Alvin deliver the eulogy at his father’s funeral, which is made up of “story after story after story.” Thomas is mad that Alvin is at ease telling the stories and, in retrospect, recognizes that he didn’t see the struggles Alvin faced at the time (“I Didn’t See Alvin”). Thomas notes that this was the last time he saw Alvin alive. After finishing the story of his father’s eulogy, Alvin attempts one last time to bring Thomas back to writing the eulogy for his own funeral (“This Is It”). Thomas finally sits and finishes his “work in progress” about their childhood Christmas traditions (“Angels in the Snow”), and finally delivers his eulogy—a collection of stories—for Alvin.
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