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Book, music and lyrics by Amanda McBroom. Created by Amanda McBroom and Bill Castellino. Additional music by Gerald Sternbach, Michele Brourman, Tom Snow and Craig Safan

Goodspeed Opera House - 7 July, 1993


Annie married Steve on her twentieth birthday - she fell for him the minute they met. Two children and twenty years later, they're still in love ... but they've forgotten how to say it. Amanda McBroom, who leapt to the top of the US pop charts with the multi-Grammy Award-winning 'The Rose', has fashioned more than twenty of her songs into a knowing musical portrait of an American woman facing her fortieth birthday and twentieth wedding anniversary all in one day. While looking back at her life and wondering if fulfilment hasn't passed her by, this mid-Western housewife is on the verge of discovering a new definition for happiness. Informed by humour and insight, this contemporary musical contemplates and illuminates the age-old conundrum known as "self-discovery".

Musical Numbers:

  1. All This Time (Composed by Tom Snow)
  2. Anyone Can Do the Heartbreak (Composed by Tom Snow)
  3. Anything But the Truth (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  4. Dance
  5. Hitch Hiker
  6. Hurt Somebody Blues (Composed by Michele Brourman)
  7. I Like to Look (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  8. If This Is Love
  9. I'm Fine
  10. Jeff's Song (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  11. Jennifer's Song (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  12. Monday's Mail (Mail # 1) (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  13. Old Habits Die Hard (Composed by Michele Brourman)
  14. Putting Things Away
  15. Reynosa
  16. The Rose
  17. Serve 'Em Right
  18. Ship in a Bottle
  19. Shopper's Fugue (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  20. Somebody (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  21. Tell Me What You Want (Composed by Michele Brourman)
  22. Tuesday's Mail (Mail # 2) (Composed by Gerald Sternbach)
  23. The Way of the Heart
  24. When Love Grows Up


3 women, 3 men

Annie, the wife
Steve, the husband
Young Annie
Young Steve
Best Friend


keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, percussion


Pasadena Playhouse Cast Recording - Varèse Sarabande VSD-5527