A big THANK YOU to Veri Krassner who invited me to join her at 54 Below in NYC for the class reunion of Zana, Don't, featuring the original cast of the great 2003 Off-Broadway show. Watching this concert made me feel as though time has stood still...the cast's energy, excitment, and love for this piece has held the test of time! I love that 54 Below put on this reunion concert. I hope this evevnings shows will give some movement to bring another NYC life to this show!
For those of you who don't know, Zana, Don't was fun musical, ahead of it's time in 2003, where being gay was the norm, the students of Heartsville High put on a musical about straights in the military (as this was during the time of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), and two students who's love is forbidden fall in love. The message of Zana, Don't still holds true today because it's a show about self-accpetance, love, and standing up for what you believe in.
I could tell how happy the cast was to be together again! It's as if they had picked up right where they left off. Their chemistry was infectious and everyone was in tip top shape and sounded amazing! The cast featured Anika Larsen, Darius Nichols, Amanda Ryan Paige, Robb Sapp, Dana Steer, Shelley Thomas, and Gregory Treco, with music direction by Jonathan Tessero. It was great to see some still shots from the original Off-Broadway run flash along the TV monitors during the show. It really helped create that feeling of "time standing still."
I had a smile on my face throughout the whole evening becuase Zana, Don't is a feel good show! One of the best parts of the evening was watching the audience sing along and dance in their seats. There was a lot of love at 54 Below and I hope that love continues to flow!
Let's bring Zana, Don't back to where it belongs...on stage in NYC!
That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!