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Everyday Rapture

Sherie Rene Scott

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Album Review

It's an old saw that, if you're not getting the parts you want as an actor, maybe you should write your own show to star in. Sherie Rene Scott has had a successful career in the musical theater, her Broadway credits including Aida and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (with a Tony nomination for the latter), but by 2009 she had passed the age of 40, no longer easily cast-able in ingenue roles and, in fact, was just coming off a stint as the villainous octopus Ursula in The Little Mermaid. (Unlike such contemporaries as Audra McDonald and Kristen Chenoweth, Scott did not pursue a parallel career in television, preferring to stick to the theater.) It was then she hit upon writing her own show with co-librettist Dick Scanlan and conceived Everyday Rapture, a fictionalized version of her own life, as an Off-Broadway musical. After its six-week run, she tried, unsuccessfully, to interest Broadway producers in a transfer, only to discover, ironically, that she might have made it if she'd taken some TV parts and gotten her name better known. Then, out of the blue, a Broadway theater company had a sudden cancellation and, with a hole in its schedule, called her up. Everyday Rapture opened on Broadway for a limited ten-week run on April 29, 2010. That might not have resulted in a cast recording, but as it happens, Scott and her husband Kurt Deutsch have their own record label, Sh-K-Boom Records, releasing through Ghostlight Records with a manufacturing and distribution deal with Razor & Tie. (Whew!) So, here is the show's music, all of it appropriated from different sources and performed by Scott with her backup singers, Lindsay Mendez and Betsy Wolfe, and it's an eclectic mash-up. Some sense of the show's fanciful plot is suggested, particularly at the outset, as Scott traces the mixed religious (she was raised a Mennonite in Kansas) and show business (she was a Judy Garland fan) elements of her background. This finds her re-creating Garland's Roger Edens-revised version of "You Made Me Love You" from the 1937 film Broadway Melody of 1938 in which a star-struck young Judy wrote a fan letter to "Dear Mr. Gable." The child, Sherie Rene (as Scott's character is called), however, sings the song to Jesus, with Edens' special lyrics rewritten into Biblical references. The dual pull of Christianity and Broadway leads to a performance of Nilsson's "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," as Sherie Rene heads to the Big Apple and "semi-semi-semi stardom" in the musical theater. Other major influences are Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, with many of its children's songs re-created, and a Rogers lookalike of a sort, David Byrne, two of whose songs from his 2004 album Grown Backwards are used. It's quite a musical mixture, but it all holds together due to the conviction with which Scott sings, whether she's doing "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" or reviving the first post-Diana Ross Supremes hit "Up the Ladder to the Roof" with her backup singers.

Customer Reviews

Buy it/See it!

Just saw this for the third time last night, bought the CD in the lobby of the theatre, and left it at home, so buying it AGAIN. It is that good.
Ms. Scott is sensational, the material is stunning. It will bear repeated listenings for years. For a quick sample, listen to track 8, an astonishing rendition of "It's You I like" from Mr. Rogers. This will be running in New York at least until July. Grab the CD, grab tickets. An amazing evening of talent and theatricality, long overdue for this performer and for Broadway!

Omg

Omg I can't belivie this is only one woman and two back ups!!! I love love love " come on get happy"!

A rare piece of theatre.

This was in fact my first show with Sherie Rene Scott and it was perfect for my first show with her. Her voice is so fantastic and since it was practically a one woman show, I could focus on her and embrace her. The music may not be original, but the way she's redone them, it seems almost like they are original. Some of my favorites were "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City", "The Weight" and "Up the Ladder to the Roof". I only wish the album had her singing "My Strongest Suit" without spoiling what went on during that number! But it's a great album and a fantastic show!

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