When Art Takes Time To Flourish

After years of love and work, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s “The Mad Ones” has a cast recording.

It’s also through Kait and Brian that I got my first look at the business mechanics of what it takes to have a commercially successful musical;

how talented an artist you can be, how hard you can work and still not attain the kind of commercial success that comes with the cultural metonym for musical theatre: Broadway.

But even in the face of that shitshow, they persevered.

I don’t know how they were able to.

This album is more than an album.

For me, this is a chance to listen to songs that I have loved for a long time in beautiful clarity.

But even more than that, it’s a testament to artistic perseverance.

To the kind of working your ass off that’s required to be successful. To learning how to rebound from disappointment. To not resting on the laurels that come with having talent, but constantly striving to do more. To learning not to be satisfied with the status quo of the industry, but to push things in a different — and dare I say, better — direction.

The author with Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan.

(He/They) Ninja Writer. Thespian. Queer. Essayist, poet, novelist. “In Search of Sunflowers” available on Kindle now.

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