Mark Jacoby, Andrea McArdle, Lillias White and More Celebrate Release of Norman Rockwell-Inspired Musical Perfect Picture
With music and lyrics by the Bluestone Sisters and arrangements and accompaniment by Sam Willmott, Perfect Picture also features Judy Kaye, Beth Leavel, Emily Skinner, Bob Stillman, Tom Wopat and Karen Ziemba. Aaron Jodoin is musical director.
"A high school drop-out at 15, only [Rockwell's] art instructors nurtured him. His dismissive mother insisted he would end up penniless and alone," press notes state. "To prove her wrong, at 22, he married a girl who didn't love him — or his art. All his success and money couldn't prevent Irene from running away with another man. His second marriage was even more heartbreaking. Mary Barstow, his greatest champion, adored him, but Norman began to suffer from bouts of depression. As he became anxious and unsure about his art, he withdrew from Mary and only when she turned to alcohol for comfort and he seemed to be losing her, did Norman realize what makes a family picture perfect. Indeed, the artist was down for the count, but as he proved over and over again in his lifetime, no one should ever count him out."
Following the performance, audience members had the opportunity to have their CDs autographed by the cast.