Now a standard!

Performance with video and sound, 11:51

Borrowing the meta-theatrical rhythm and logic of the "backstage musical" and scanning through the titular Busby Berkeley song and dance sequence from 42nd street (1934) and the Looney Tunes cartoon You ought to be in pictures (1940). Seated with the audience, I deliver this performance a cappella, facing the screen. Voiced through movie composer Henry Mancini and 17th century design maverick, Inigo Jones, I sing and describe through devices of self-referentiality, tracing early moments of the "mirror stage" of spectacle.

Songs include:

You're the Top
I've heard that song before
The Continental (You kiss while you're dancing)
"Sawyer, you listen to me, and you listen hard. Two hundred people, two hundred jobs, two hundred thousand dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who've worked with you. You've got to go on, and you've got to give and give and give. They've got to like you. Got to. Do you understand? You can't fall down. You can't because your future's in it, my future and everything all of us have is staked on you. All right, now I'm through, but you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoulders of yours and go out, and Sawyer, you're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!"
serena lee