|Bound for Broadway host Liz Callaway|
The more interesting shows were LMNOP and Amelie. The press release describes LMNOP as follows: "When letters begin to fall from a monument in town, government officials ban them one by one. Chaos ensues until a determined teenage girl rallies the community to fight for freedom of speech. This unique musical is part romance, part clever word game and part adult fable that reminds us of how precious our liberties are; how quickly unbridled extremism can take them from us; and how important it is to have the courage to stand up for what we believe." The two songs presented had clever lyrics and were wryly inviting.
Amelie is based on the movie of the same name, a movie I personally hate. (From the press release, "This new musical is based on the Oscar-winning 2001 French film starring Audrey Tatou as a shy Parisian waitress with a wild imagination.") However, I found the songs beautiful, and "Stay," perfectly sung by Bound for Broadway host Liz Callaway, was the only part of the evening that truly touched me. (Afterward, three separate friends remarked on the similarity of Amelie's sound to that of Once. The resemblance is definitely there, but there are certainly worse shows to resemble.)
Since Bound for Broadway is one night only, it is too late to catch the 2015 version. But if you're interested in the future of the musical, keep an eye out for the 2016 version. Maybe you'll get to see the next Avenue Q.
(press ticket, row N, center)