YES!, The Musical is a thought-provoking look at what has come to be known as the period of THE CHANGE, the time from Barack Obama’s inspirational keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to the Present. This “Change” has been experienced by all Americans as we came to terms with the possibility of the First African-American President. The story of YES!, The Musical, is told through an imaginary conversation between the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the young Senator Barack Obama as he waited in the wings to deliver his life-changing speech. Their imaginary conversation touches on the history of African-Americans as well as the bonding of the spirits of these two men, the examination of the strengths and courage required to face the enormous challenge that lay ahead and that seemed insurmountable. The history of this period will long be told with facts and figures, personal accounts and biographies, analysts of every stripe who will either praise it or destroy it. But the spirit and passion of the time… the drama of the journey… the actual effect on the people who lived it … the stresses on the soul may best be captured and offered as a unique educational opportunity…through music.
And the music may be the way in which the “Feeling” is passed down to coming generations in the extraordinary score from this show.
And when we all look back on it, perhaps the one word we will recall was how we all felt as to what was possible, do-able, inevitable…
YES! A Musical about THE CHANGE. We all need to be part of the continuing effort to develop our Humanity in what is becoming a universal acknowledgement that we are all part of THE CHANGE. This attitude effects everything we do as human beings and provides a way to start seeing our future and how we can make it the future we want. Please join us. Finding the way to effect THE CHANGE is everybody's job. My contribution is YES!
YES! fosters the idea of THE CHANGE, which refers to the change in attitude between groups of people, especially Americans, who have been seeing each other in negative [NO] terms. These groups have spent generations in bad mouthing each other and doing harm to each other; in race relations, in sexual identification, and generally refusing to acknowledge that THE OTHER has any place in normal American society.
There is no OTHER.
We are all THE OTHER.
YES! calls attention to these realities through theatre and music. They are universal concepts each expressed in their own unique style.
Scholars will analyze THE CHANGE for generations to come in books and articles, television and films... But YES! will reflect this important time in history through theater and music with gorgeous,memorable songs that will be sung for years to come.Core Values: Honesty, Tolerance, Kindness, Openness, Non-discriminatory, Adventursome, Practical, Positive, Accountable, Work Ethic, Non Prejudicial, All Inclusive.
Great Purpose: To be an imaginative and creative element in the ongoing journey starting with Barack Obama’s Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that has become known as THE CHANGE… and to promote the musical and the songs in all media to remind the public of the good feelings that the movement brought to the world… and can continue to do so.
Envisioned Future: A Musical that inspires the continuation of the concept of THE CHANGE throughout the media world… to become intricately associated with the movement by providing the musicalized “backstory” in the form
of a “What If…” situation.
YES! will be developed into A Concert, A Musical, A Film, A Book and a product line: “YES!… to THE CHANGE”. This product vehicle might be a way of promoting small companies (especially in ghetto communities and with educational opportunities for young people in those communities). The idea is to continue the message of THE CHANGE and to create opportunities for minority people.