My friend Samantha, a long-time musical-theatre-going buddy of mine, recently went through one of the biggest changes anyone can -- she had a baby. Knowing it would be hard for her to get to the theatre once the little one arrived, I decided to treat her to a show near the very end of her pregnancy; my version of a (pre) baby gift for Mama. Two weeks before her due date, and as it turned out just four days before her water broke, we went to see Once.
Samantha dissolved into tears early on in the show, and wept openly at nearly every musical number. She was so touched, so moved -- as most of us are, who have had the pleasure of experiencing this lovely piece of theatre. After it ended, she pulled me to her in a grateful embrace. The child-to-be was between us as we hugged. She said, "Art like this makes me truly thrilled to bring a new person into the world to enjoy it."
When the baby came (10 days early), I sent a basket of goodies for Samantha, her hubby Brett, and Mya -- the little miracle they welcomed into their lives. Amid tiny ballet-slipper socks, an "I'm a Broadway Baby" bib (of course), and a nice bottle of wine, I included the cast album of Once. I envisioned Samantha & Brett a couple of weeks into their new lives as parents, finding a moment between feedings to relax together, have a sip of Riesling, and listen to the CD. What I didn't imagine is that the recording would actually serve as more of a gift for little Mya. She shares her mother's taste in music, apparently: when food, a diaper change or sleep won't calm her down, the original Broadway cast album of Once is the only thing that allows the baby to stop crying.
Inspired, Auntie BroadwayGirl went to work creating what I hope becomes a playlist for the whole family, with an emphasis on those very tiny future members of the audience. They do call it "The Lullabye of Broadway," after all!