I want to share a story.
It’s a story about a show called Sweet Willow and it’s also a story about myself.
As yet there’s no conclusion to the story but that’s about to change.
I’m extending an open invitation to all of you. Join me as I trace the genesis, the history and the future unfolding of Sweet Willow and my relationship to it.
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What is Sweet Willow?
Sweet Willow is a Blues Musical Play. In Sweet Willow the story of William Shakespeare’s Othello is reimagined in a gritty 1950’s urban American setting with a moving electric blues/jazz score and original songs.
Othello becomes Odelle Brown, a heavyweight boxer in line for the world’s championship.
Iago is now Jimmy Shine, an old friend of Odelle’s and an ex-numbers runner who has just been released from prison.
Hank Desmond is Odelle’s chief financial backer. He has a daughter named Mona who has secretly fallen in love with and married Odelle.
Clay Caxton is Odelle’s trusted trainer who parallels the Cassio character from the original tragedy.
Emelia becomes Loretta Jewel, a nightclub singer who will bring tears to listener’s eyes when she sings the Willow Song.
Sweet Willow retells this classic tale of ambition, love, trust, betrayal and murder.