Lynn Lupold

Interview with Lynn – Part 1

How long have you been working on this music?
The oldest song written in the show was written in 2006. Most of the songs have come in varied years since that time. There were however 9 songs that were new……5 of them written specifically for the musical version of Enter Love.

Enter Love was originally a cabaret show, right? What happened?
The original “Enter Love” started as a 5 person cabaret show at the Cabaret in Indianapolis. To be very honest, my friend Shannon Forsell is the managing director of the Cabaret and she included the show as the first of a series of educational programs called, “Meet the Composer”. These programs are to be specifically to feature the composer and the work they are doing. Most cabaret shows are all about the singer, performer, the Meet the Composer was to showcase the person who actually writes the songs being sung in Cabarets and theatres. Our show was the first. There was a second featured composer last April, Lauren Cregor Devine. She is an Indianapolis native who is writing and working in an off Broadway theatre in NY. The next composer to be featured is Jason Robert Brown. He will be coming to the Cabaret in September 2011.

Our show not only kicked off the idea of showcasing a composer but it also was an opportunity to feature some local talent: Deb Mullins-local jazz blues singer; Ron Hellems-former Carmel Ambassador director and local singer; Ron Morgan-choreographer for Beef n Boards, former member of the Broadway show “Starlight Express” and dance studio owner in Carmel; Kathleen Carter- singer and educator from Lafayette originally and now in Indianapolis; Shannon Forsell-local performer and managing director of The Cabaret.

Which songs were added after the decision to turn the show into a musical?
The new songs were: Did You Know, Nothing, Love to Me , I Can’t Remember,Josette.
They were added mostly for variety purposes. No musical needs 20 ballads…..so besides the more up tempo numbers used for the cabaret show, these five were added.

What did you learn about the music you had written once you heard it live on stage?
In most cases I was amazed and humbled. A song can sound great or not great when only using a piano. Adding the voice to the song certainly changes it in terms of personality but what really makes the difference is the individual who is singing the song. That can either make or break the song. I was pleasantly thrilled to hear the ensemble from the show and the individual nuisances that people added to make them their own. Once the choreography and staging were added to the songs they again took on an even different personality. I think I also learned the “less is more”. Most of the songs ranged from 2:00 minutes to 3:00 minutes. Those that went longer were noticeably longer…..even though the singer may be incredible….the length of song does make a difference and an audience often doesn’t want to hear a 4-6 minute song. So many were adjusted, I think for the better.

Check back next week for part 2 of this interview.

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