It's true. I was contacted by two composers from California (who happen to be dear friends of mine and who are WILDLY talented) and asked how I would feel about turning Lucy's story/my blog into a musical. A musical? Me? Psshh. Nothing could be more fitting. And I'm telling you, these people know what they are doing. Their last musical was accepted into the New York City Musical Theatre festival and asked to stay for an encore performance. It was produced at the Goodspeed Opera house, in the UK, and at the University of Michigan. In other words--
It's going to be great. Really great. And I'm extremely honored at this opportunity.
Things are still very much in the works, but they are moving along. We are focused and committed and filled with wonderful ideas and visions. There is a beautiful song already written titled, "Fly Mommy, Fly" that is gorgeous, precious, and perfect. Vic can't listen to it without losing it.
There are far too many concepts and facets to this show to explain right now. But I will tell you that it is not just going to be Lucy's story put to music. There will be elements to the show that you may not be expecting. A huge social media component. Some characters based on YOU, my blog readers. Excerpts from comments and emails I've received. There will be an entire side to the show exploring how we are all connected in this technological age and how it affects each of us.
The title, "Luz Y Amor", for those of you who don't speak Spanglish, is actually our Family Theme and it means "Light and Love". As you may know, both of Lucy's organ recipients are Hispanic. (and Vic is fluent in Spanish, studied Latin American Studies in his undergrad and claims he has an Argentine heart and Mexican stomach. He is also the one who convinced me to name her Lucia and not just Lucy).
Contemporary dance will be a big element to the show as well as the previously mentioned social media aspect. There will be characters you fall in love with and identify with and our hope is that everyone will walk away feeling more connected to the human family and moved to do good.
I can't wait to share more with you as things unfold. We will be workshopping it in Utah later this Fall and I will even be showcasing a song from the musical in the coming weeks at a cabaret-style event for new works in Salt Lake.
Serendipitous is the word I would use to describe all of this. Here is what the composers, Spencer and Shanelle Williams had to say about the project:
Shenelle and I are very excited to announce our new project, Luz y Amor - The Musical, based on our very dear friend's, Molly Bice Jackson and Vic Jackson, incredible and thought-provoking blog, 'Hope Smiling Brightly'
This journey will undoubtedly take us to a new and very emotional path, but I am so excited to be able to musicalize this incredible, heart-wrenching story that has already affected people from all over the world.
Like our page, join our journey and we can all share together, because that's what this whole story is about -- creating a community of support and love in unexpected ways.
Light & Love!
Our beautiful artwork was created by: Trevor List.