Having had multiple read-throughs, revisions, updates, and a concert version produced in 2022, we are now preparing for a fully-staged performance of the show scheduled for spring 2024. Our long-term plan is to take the show all the way to Broadway itself!
In the mid-1980s, I began to write songs and an outline for a musical to showcase the life and accomplishments of a Menzingen nun mockingly named Lapopessa. The Catholic church kept this "Lapopessa's" existence secret in fear that her role would be controversial and misinterpreted. But I saw the relationship between her and a frail priest as an extraordinary love story. I've always thought that this pope-making nun and somewhat troubled man shared an agape love relationship.
The complexities of the times and the complications of these two people's religious roles were a novel and challenging backdrop for writing a musical to celebrate this long-term and fantastic love relationship. Being a long-time fan of musical theater, I wanted to tell this story, including the highlights of their 40-year relationship, and do it all in song.
The show took many years to reach completion. But in 2020, I finally realized my dream of completing the book and music for the show. I received invaluable support for the project from my brilliant composer/lyricist husband, Paul.
In an attempt to inspire me, when Paul came on board as my writing partner, he wrote many new songs and renewed the original core pieces, including giving the score a new sound and updated lyrics. His passion for the project is limitless. This writing collaboration is only second to our 31-year relationship. Paul is singularly responsible for making my dream of Lapopessa come true and come to life.
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