Many thanks to Tammy for hosting me to talk about my latest release, Love’s Opening Night.
This novella is set during rehearsal of a new Broadway musical. Jeremy Steele is a long-time Broadway and theater performer and as he learns more about his crush, and now co-star, Ty Beaumont. As part of their courtship he learns some of Ty’s musical preferences and Jeremy shares his as well.
With so many real musicals noted in the story, I put together a Spotify playlist that includes a few songs from each of the musicals mentioned in the book. Of course, the show Jeremy and Ty are rehearsing, Love Crossings, isn’t real. However, in the list below I tell you what it might sound like if it were.
Here’s a quick look at the musicals that have songs featured in the playlist. The Bridges of Madison County: This was short-lived on Broadway despite it’s lushly romantic score by Jason Robert Brown became a favorite of mine. It is, of course, based on the book by Robert James Waller. In Love’s Opening Night, Jeremy mentions Bridges as a show he’d like to do because he wants to sing the score. The playlist has three of the songs that he’d sing if he were cast as Robert. If Love Crossings was a real show, I’d want Brown to do the music and lyrics because of the work he does here.
Ragtime: Another musical based on a book, this one from E.L. Doctorow. It tells the intersecting stories of a Caucasian family, an immigrant family and an African-American family in the early 1900s. Jeremy silently chastises himself at one point for “channeling Mother.” The playlist has two songs that feature Mother and “Our Children” specifically showcases what Jeremy is talking about.
Sweeney Todd: This is another show that Jeremy wants to sing the leading role. The playlist has two songs that feature Sweeney that he would sing.
Wicked: Jeremy left Wicked to take the role in Love Crossings so the playlist had to have a couple songs from this show. I highlighted songs Fiyero performs since Jeremy was an understudy for that character.
Kinky Boots: This is a musical Ty wants to be in, specifically he’d like to take on the role of Lola, even though he can’t since it’s written for an African-American man. I put in three songs here that show the range Lola’s character. It’s easy to hear why Ty would want to do this show.
Falsettos: Another of Ty’s dream roles is Whizzer in Falsettos. The three songs that round out the playlist highlight Whizzer at a few different points in the show that takes place in the 80s just as the AIDS epidemic is beginning.
I hope you enjoyed that peek into the musical world of Jeremy and Ty from Love’s Opening Night. Check out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win your own copy of the novella!
Love’s Opening Night
Author: Jeff Adams
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Can an onstage love story lead to a real-life romance? Jeremy Steele is a veteran Broadway performer. For his latest role, he’s dancing alongside a man he’s fantasized about for years, TV star Ty Beaumont. Jeremy knows better than to get involved with a castmate, but when Ty has trouble learning the complicated choreography, Jeremy offers to lend a hand. When a rehearsal kiss turns into something more, Jeremy can’t help but wonder what a celebrity like Ty could ever see in a Broadway chorus boy like him. Will a relationship with his crush make it past previews, or can it become a long-running hit?
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Tams gives this one 5 Stars...
Author Jeff Adams has taken his love for the theater and translated it into a short, fun love story. When Jeremy, a theater veteran, has to teach newcomer, Ty, choreography for an upcoming show, sparks fly. Unsure if Ty is feeling the pull to him as well, Jeremy doesn't act on his attraction, until a kiss is shared. Even then Jeremy is left to wonder if what they are feeling is something that could take them the distance. And if so, can they be open and honest about their relationship?
A fast, fun read with zero angst, which I loved by the way. Two grown men dancing with and around each other. Sparks fly, attraction grows and then an intense kiss changes everything. I loved the way the romance blossomed between the two men and I actually liked the fact that there was no on page sex. Jeremy and Ty deliver passion and sensuality with feelings, romance, communication and a few fierce make out scenes. Sometimes the 'fade to black' holds so much more than a ten page description, if you get my meaning.
Loved it, highly recommend it and I really hope to see more stories along this same path from Adams.
Jeff's written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he's written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books. Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show] , the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan's Every Day.
Jeff is also the co-host of Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast.
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