One of the most underrated and overlooked musicals of our generation. It has a great storyline, and phenomenal music.
In summation, it’s about two boys, Peter and Jason, at a Catholic boarding school, where they have to keep their relationship with each other a secret from the rest of the student body. Later, Peter wants to come out with the relationship, but Jason is afraid of the repercussions from his friends and his family. While Peter gets a “vision” from the “Virgin Mary,” and decides to tell his mother on his own, Jason is having a sexual identity crisis and decides to have one night with the popular girl, Ivy. All hell breaks loose when Ivy discovers that she’s pregnant from that night. Jason, who doesn’t know, doesn’t want anything to do with her, having decided that he truly is in love with Peter. When he does find out, he’s distraught over what to do next. Does he ignore her and try to fix things with Peter? Or does he live the rest of his life a lie, and be the father to his unborn child? He decides to try to talk to Peter, who won’t have any of it, as he’s fed up with all of Jason’s efforts. In his misery, Jason takes a fatal dose of a drug, and during their performance of Romeo and Juliet, he collapses. The musical ends with Jason’s funeral, with each of the principal characters (Nadia, Ivy, Matt, and Peter) reading letters they wrote to him.
This is by far one of the most amazing musicals I’ve ever seen, and it’s been my favorite ever since I saw it last year. When I saw it, I was just struck by the parallels to Peter and myself. It was like watching my Junior/Senior year of high school, minus Jason’s suicide at the end (In a way, the person I’m talking about still committed suicide, but not in the traditional sense of the word).
It is my dream to be in this show. Ideally, I’d want to be Peter, because he is me. But I’d be happy to be ensemble, as long as it means I’m in it.
I just wish it got as much recognition as it deserves. In my opinion, they should revive this on Broadway. I feel like it would be a hit.