Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Don Seybold, the book writer.

Don Seybold wrote the book for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Usually the book of a musical - which includes the plot, the story and the characters - is written in advance of the music. In the case of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, Lynn's songs already were written and had been performed in cabaret form at the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis. Don said there were some challenges to writing the book, but he had no qualms about the work.

"When I heard this music as a cabaret, I was very impressed with Lynn's work and I had a concept of the book from watching it that night," he said. "I devised a setting. Then I thought about where the music would be placed and if I could intuit a story that would come from the music and its order. I started writing, and Lynn and I would talk. There were a lot of times I would revise the story to fit the lyrics and sometimes Lynn would make adjustments.

"When she and Eric Van Cleave looked at how the songs had been ordered, they looked at it strictly from a musical standpoint: perhaps there were too many ballads in one place but not enough in another. So they began to rearrange the songs, which affected the story and the narrative. It was complex and interesting and challenging. If one thing was moved, we had to figure out how to move something else."

Don has enjoyed working on Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times with the Lynn, Eric, director Kenny Shepard and the cast.

"I've collaborated on a lot of things but never with someone where we have been on the same page like Lynn and me. When we had disagreements, we would look at them and work them out. It was never an issue of egos clashing or us having any difficulties," he said. "It's all about the people you work with. The more you do different things in your life with more than one person involved, the more you realize how it important it is to be with the right people. I have tremendous respect and admiration for everyone involved, and I like them as well. It's been wonderful."

Don concluded by talking about the show's subtitle.

"It directs the idea that this is love and romance in the 21st century," he said. "The relationships between men and women are extraordinarily difficult. They're frequently transient. They're always in the process of becoming or unbecoming coupling.

"Traditional musicals are about love and romance and the wonderful way it can be in the end. This takes a slightly more cynical view. People honestly believe that love and romance is possible but they also know that it's damnably difficult, it may never happen, it may happen more than once and it may never be permanent. It is a musical for our times. It's an attempt to convey that."

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website or the show's website.

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