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Your Name On My Lips (1152F)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: Your Name On My Lips
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Broadway
  • NATURE: Romance
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: General
  • STRUCTURE: Some spoken dialogue: Mostly sung
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 hrs / 5 minutes
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Piano (+ optional cello, already scores) (with ideally percussion and guitar in addition)
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: The story is about love, and passion, obsession and commitment. A childhood friendship turns to romance. College for Suzanna means change. When apart, Sam’s Fantasy-Suzanna (played by another actress), keeps Sam true to Suzanna and inspires him, enabling him to reach his goal. While Suzanna, in love with Sam, is a dynamic real character who evolves in a way that Fantasy-Suzanna cannot. This show is not written with the “world view” of someone looking back to youth, older, wiser, maybe weathered and cynical. That is what we are so used to in stories about young adults. The "world view" here is that the young characters' feelings are real, powerful and valid, and warrant the soaring passionate music. “Your Name On My Lips” will transport you back to youth, when love was earnest, feelings deep and romance unabashedly unapologetic.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 1

Cast Description

CAST    4 men, 3 women
Sam  (male)
Suzanna  (female)
Fantasy-Suzanna / + small roles   (female)
Phil / + small roles   (male)
George / Joe    (male)
Mother / Beth / Kate     (female)
Father / Jack  / + small roles   (male)

Character Breakdown:

Sam:  Male, college-age  (younger in one scene)
Idealistic artist with a deep-rooted love for Suzanna; Orphaned as a young child.

Suzanna:  Female, college-age   (younger in one scene)
Sam’s girlfriend, two years younger.  High achieving student.

Fantasy-Suzanna   Female, college-age
Conjured by Sam in Suzanna’s absence;  His “idée fixe”.  Played by another actress.

Phil:  Male, college-age
A college student from a wealthy family in New York.

George:  Male, college-age  (younger in one scene)
Arrogant and spoiled son of a banker, in Westburgh.

Mother:  Female, adult
Suzanna’s mother; Values wealth and security.

Father:  Male, adult
Suzanna’s father; A warm-hearted hard worker.

Beth:  Female, college-age
Suzanna’s college roommate and friend.

Jack:  Male, college age
Sam’s friend; Works at a family owned hardware store.

Joe :  Male, college-age
A college student from California.  Sings in rock band. 

Kate:  Female college age, in Westburgh
+ assorted minor roles

Synopsis

Lights up: An art studio; A 21-year-old artist on the verge of success, is immobilized.   
Back 7 years . . .  Sam, an artistically talented boy, is enamored with young Suzanna.  Their relationship matures and blossoms into intense romance.  But she goes away to college, while Sam, cannot.  Sam, initially content with a job as a house-painter and making art in his spare time, puts himself on a path to get into an art institute.

Catalyzed by her college experience (including a growing relationship with a wealthy student,) Suzanna’s “wants” change;

Sam’s passions, focus and feelings are steadfast, even in the face of setbacks.

With visions of his future with Suzanna propelling him upward, and a Fantasy-Suzanna, played by another actress, present with him as his muse in Suzanna’s absence, Sam’s art reaches new heights, becoming truly inspired.

Then, in the climax, just when his career gets its big break, Sam learns he has lost Suzanna, forever.  She’s made a choice that excludes Sam from her future no matter how much she still loves him.

Sam is immobilized in spite of his opportunity.  Yet Fantasy-Suzanna re-appears once more, to tell him . . . actually a self-realization, that the woman he desires has not really been Suzanna for years; she lives in someone else “out there”.  He heads out, to achieve success as an artist and to meet the true love of his life.

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