2 Acts, Revue, Rated PG-13
Original Off-Broadway Version (1977)
From first kiss to painful breakup, romantic relationships come full circle in this intimate revue. Starting Here, Starting Now is a thrilling and touching musical revue using the songs of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire (Big, Baby, Closer Than Ever). In only 24 songs, Starting Here, Starting Now offers a tender-tough inventory of love and the lonesome lack thereof. Made for each other, the wry lyrics of Richard Maltby Jr. combined with David Shire‘s buoyant music forge a fast-moving, ingratiating look at how love can go right, wrong or nowhere.
Using songs from their various early musicals (produced or otherwise), this bold, extroverted journey takes a winsome cast of three through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. As with all of Maltby and Shire's work, each song is an impeccably crafted story, original, engaging, bursting with character, and showcasing the versatility and charisma of its performer.
From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, from wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration, Starting Here, Starting Now has an appealing freshness that has made it a perennial favorite throughout the world.
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