Yep – in true JPK style – I’m a day behind on the prompts but at least I’m writing! Besides, why mess with tradition?
This #ReverbBroads11 post is based on the prompt – In the movie version of your life, which actor/actress would play you and the significant players in your life? What kind of movie is it (e.g., made-for-TV, action, emo/indie, etc.)? What would be the major plot points, and how will it end? (courtesy of Emily at warmedtheworld.blogspot.com)
While I love film, my preferred medium has to be the Broadway musical – so I’m using that instead of film to answer the question. Let me hit these sub-points one at a time:
1. Cast – well goodness, there are so many to choose from? Generally, I’d say an actress that combines Jeri Ryan’s facial features (we look somewhat alike) with Idina Menzel’s ability to sing and Sara Ramirez’ sass (yes, for those of you who ONLY know her on Grey’s Anatomy – she was a Broadway performer first – and has one hell of a voice!). For my hubby – he’s an actor so I’ll let him play himself. Besides, no one could capture the uniqueness that is my partner – he’s just too amazing in his own right. For my mom – she would have to be played by Kathy Bates – she’s sassy and snarky and has a killer wit, but she’s also smart as anything. My dad – we’ll cast Dennis Quaid – lots of sports references and movies to draw from. For my stepdad – George Wendt – but George would have to shave his head. One of my sisters would be played by Amy Poehler (yep Cherie – that’s you). For my BFF – I’d say Kathy Bates again – she’s an amazing actress and could pull off a dual role! I could go on – there are so many cool and amazing people in my life (for instance – my colleague Tina – yep, Tina Fey is playing her.). I could cast each of my #WLsalt sisters, too – but I digress.
2. This is a flat out, 100%, musical review of my life and future directions. If I had the time I’d generate an entire set list, complete with dance and musical numbers. We – of course – would HAVE to have s show-stopping tap dance number with some ridiculous stunts – and why not? I know the production would have strong themes of feminism, empowerment, whimsy, and social responsibility. There would also be some number from “Cats” – yes, it’s true, I’m a crazy cat lady – and proud of it!
3. How will it end? With a big party. There will be no sad funeral. Nope – we celebrate people’s lives in my musical – and yes, there would be a showstopping musical number. What better way to end a life story than with one of those?!