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Christie Baugher

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  1. Help with a musical about the Fair?

    Checking in on this thread after some time away -- again, I so appreciate everyone's thoughtful responses. You guys make me wish even more that I'd experienced the Fair for myself! To answer your question, beepnyc, the music I'm writing for the show (a process I've just started -- the first draft of the core script was just finished) is going to encompass many of the genres of the day. Since it's a musical, a lot of what's in it so far sounds like what was coming from Broadway at the time, as well as the pop music of the day -- flavors of early Motown, girl groups, etc. That being said, I haven't forgotten that it's for a modern audience, so I'm trying to tweak things here and there so they'll readily translate to today. It's early in the process, but I'm having a lot of fun with it.
  2. Help with a musical about the Fair?

    Wow. Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses, guys! All of this is hugely helpful. A lot of what you've said has been reflected in my research -- that the '64 Fair carried with it a palpable sense of optimism for what was soon to come. And molassesonassis, your point about the average American's savvy re: advertising is so crucial. It's so easy for me, having grown up in the far more cynical '80's and '90's, to lose sight of that. I picked the '64 Fair in particular to focus on because of what was happening *outside* the Fair in 1964, too. The contrast of the innocence and wonder of it all with the upheaval and social change is a hugely important story, I think. And while I know conceptually "Tomorrow" was definitely tied to '39, it's linked to various elements in '64, too -- I got the phrase from the narration of General Motors' Futurama ("the answers we seek will be found in the near tomorrow"). And on a broader level, I think it fits: the Fair represented a brand of utopian thinking, and the idea of utopia itself comes from a Greek word that roughly translates to "no such place", much like the idea of a "near tomorrow" doesn't exist, since tomorrow is neither near nor far. Incidentally, I do have a character in the show loosely based on the Long Island boy who hid in the Fair who I hope will embody that sense of wonder and awe that you guys have expressed. Again, I can't thank you all enough for your input. It is much appreciated!
  3. Help with a musical about the Fair?

    Hi everybody! I'm currently writing a musical set at the Fair during its first season in '64 called The Near Tomorrow -- it's an adaptation of the Salomé story that uses the Fair as a backdrop but fictionalizes a lot of the key figures and events. My aim is to tell not the exact historic story of the Fair so much as the symbolic, mythological one, and I'm focusing on what it represented for that moment in time in American history. I've done two years of research thus far. Although this is my first actual post here, this community has been a tremendous resource as I dig into the Fair, and I truly thank you all for that. I'm very committed to telling my own story but also I would like to be as true to the essence of the real Fair as I can. Seeing as I was born a couple decades too late to experience it for myself, I wanted to put it especially to you guys who actually experienced it: what was the essence of the Fair? Did you walk away with hope for the future? Did you feel hit over the head with the presence of corporate America, or were you so entertained that it didn't register? Did it feel out of sync with the times, or genuinely ahead of its time? Any insights you'd be willing to share on the feel of the Fair experience would be most appreciated. Again, thank you guys so much for being such a tremendous resource! Hopefully I'll write a show that will do you proud.
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