Story posted March 01, 2006
Masque and Gown will present the world premiere of the original, full-length musical Home at 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 2, 3 and 4, in Pickard Theater, on the Bowdoin College campus.
Written by Davin Michaels '06 (who also directs), Michael LoBiondo '06 and James Nylund '06, Home revolves around the hopes and dreams of a couple just graduated from college.
"Mike and I were driving back from Thanksgiving freshman year when we came up with the idea," says Michaels. "I'm from New York; he's from New Jersey. I got so excited about it that I wrote the bulk of the book that summer."
The New York/New Jersey concept served as the launching pad for the musical's story. A young couple's romance hits a snag after college graduation. She wants to stay with her family in New Jersey; he can't imagine living anywhere but New York City. On a deeper level the couple struggles with the question, "What is the concept of home?"
The score was written by music majors LoBiondo and Nylund, who worked on the project for two years with advisor Vineet Shende, assistant professor of music.
The pair studied the history of musicals, the importance of the overture, the structure of the first act, and repeating thematic ideas. They then spent three semesters composing. Shende is impressed with the results.
"Mike has a very good pop-melody sense, and James has a good handle on syncopated rhythms and harmonic chromaticism," says Shende. "Musically, I think it's quite sophisticated. It's got many interesting elements - there are six main characters, with solos and duets. The first act ends with a sextet. I would describe the musical style as Avenue Q meets Sondheim, but without puppets."
Tickets to the performance of Home are $5 for the general public and $3 with Bowdoin student/faculty/staff ID, and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus. Call 725-3375. Tickets will also be available at the door.