To say our artistic team for Always Greener is unique is an understatement. First of all, unlike the usual musical theatre team of two, there are three primary artists: two bookwriters (Tekki and Erin) and one composer/lyricist (Noa/h).
While many musical theatre writing teams went to college together, our team has at least ten years of age difference between each of us. Additionally, we all come from very different educational and theatrical backgrounds, and two of us have a disability while one of us does not. Together, we are creating a musical that:
• Subverts archetypal tropes, making characters with disabilities the heroes, villains and love interests of their own stories
• Leaves behind the confines of realism to imagine a completely accessible world
• Reimagines musical theatre tropes to foreground the female and queer perspective
For example, in the traditional musical theatre structure there is a pinnacle “I Want” song. We were inspired by the “I Want song,” for sure, but our spin on it is different: “I Need More” is sung by the character of Raven, a transplant to a new community who is very aware of their needs:
“I NEED SOMEONE TO OPEN DOORS
TO HELP WITH THE CHORES I SLOGGED THROUGH BEFORE
I NEED SOMEONE TO FOLD MY CHAIR
TO CARRY MY BAGS AND STEER ME UPSTAIRS”
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