I think it’s time to regale Randy Sue Latimer and talk about how easy (and by, contrast, how difficult) it can be to write music for an existing lyric.
Randy and I first met somewhere in the neighborhood of 1983, when we were both having a go at an Illusion Theatre project (Bonnie Morris, Michael Robins) in Minneapolis. She was an actress, I was a VERY green theatrical composer working on an AIDS-education-touring project).
RUBY!: THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES
by Christina Ham
Book and lyric by Christina Ham
Music by Gary Rue
“The story of a young girl struggling on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement in 1960 New Orleans, learns first hand about the importance of education, friendship, and courage as she bravely attends one of the nation's first integrated schools. Ruby is a true inspiration whose story is as relevant today as ever.”
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The Road To Ruby!: A series of seemingly unconnected events…