AYL: I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to sing…

#preproduction spoilers ahead…

So, as I mentioned before:






80s setting. Which raises the question of music.

Luckily for me, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse has an ASCAP account, so I can use any songs that are in their catalog. And that’s a boatload… I’ve got it down to just under 70 songs (for use as musical stings in the show and during pre-show, intermission, and post-show house music). And while that sounds like quite a bit, I’m still smarting over the inability to use some music (that they don’t have rights to), like

  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet
  • “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
  • “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  • “People are People” by Depeche Mode
  • “Take on Me” by a-ha
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

That, my friends, is a jukebox of bummers.

Not to worry, though… I’ve got songs by Wham!, The Human League, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Simple Minds, Prince, The B-52’s, Madonna, Survivor, Run–D.M.C., The Cure, Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper, Scorpions, Beastie Boys, Duran Duran, David Bowie… and more.

And it wouldn’t be the 80s without…

Now, the problem is what to cut… I mean, my first pass at pre-show music runs 55 minutes…

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