OkayBetterBest brings the war of the sexes from NYC bars to the stage. The score, a mix of pop and musical theatre, accompanies the characters as they endure the painful lows and blissful highs of dating in a digital age. The show asks: can revenge be acquired by jilted women as they mercilessly seek a patsy for one night? Tricia and her girlfriends are out on the prowl, rebounding from past heartbreak. When Tricia’s plans to find Mr. Right Now don’t go as planned, the evening becomes a more personal war. The concert will include selections from this new musical such as ‘One More Round’, ‘Plain Jane’, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, ‘Never Too Old to Rock n’ Roll” and others.
The musical features a score and lyrics by Rhonda Kess (multiple NEA endowment winner, Conducted/Directed the British Premiere of Kurt Weill’s Johnny Johnson with the Royal Philharmonic) and book and lyrics by Michael Weems (DGA, MFA Graduate student at University of Nebraska at Omaha).
Eric William Morris
Stephanie Jae Park
Rhonda Kess on the piano.
Michael Weems’ script for OkayBetterBest is inspiringly realistic, creating characters that appear to have been plucked from any New York City bar and placed on stage for us to watch. Their actions are relatable, plausible even. The dialogue is fresh and contemporary, which makes the characters all the more appealing and pragmatic.
OkayBetterBest invites audiences to think about what it means when women design and execute the lowbrow bar bet, the power involved in the initiation of the action, and the power that we have to control others, whether they be our friends, our significant others, or our one-night stands.