It belongs to Nick Blaemire, who penned the book, music and lyrics to this charming new musical, enjoying its world premier in Kansas City. While “Alive” doesn’t fire on all cylinders, there’s enough dramatic horsepower here to make for an entertaining evening in the theater.
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Blaemire’s story revolves around stoner Nathan (Van Hughes, late of the Broadway production of Green Day’s “American Idiot”) and his fast lane younger brother Jeremy (Michael Tacconi), back together in the house where they grew up. It’s the afternoon following their mom’s funeral; and, while Jeremy dutifully makes nice with the guests, Nathan won’t come out of the basement, preferring chats with a stuffed teddy bear and the grass stashed under the couch pillow to coming to grips with reality. Dad (Broadway vet Daniel H. Jenkins), lost in his loss, isn’t much help. Continue reading