Day 102: Harold at the Merriam Theater

The good citizens of Philadelphia got an earful of my music today, when Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon came to the Merriam Theater for the first of two days of performances. The assembled crowd numbered about a thousand parents and children, and it was awesome to sit among them and experience the show in all its sensory splendor. My visit to the show was made all the more pleasant by my companions, my grandson Miles and his mother Rosi. I doubt that Miles comprehended all the intricate polyrhythms and hip jazz inflections in the score, but he sat raptly in my lap for the entire duration of the show and seemed full of enthusiasm both before and after the show. The music, and indeed everything about the show, is surprisingly complex and modern; it’s clear that Crockett Johnson’s inventive tales and illustrations awakened an equally inventive response in the creative team. The audience goes happily along for the ride, and and there’s plenty for even the littlest theatergoers to enjoy!

So: no new music today. Instead, I point you to the Harold page, where you can listen to the score in part or in its entirety. Tonight, I return to editing The Brave Little Tailor, whose cast includes three of the Harold ensemble – I can’t imagine what it’s like for Josh Tewell, Leah Holleran and Erin Carney to switch back and forth between the two shows, although I can imagine that it’s great for them to be gainfully employed creating and performing inventive movement theater.

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