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Thank you for your interest in Happy If Happy When!

Production Details: Happy If Happy When is a full-length musical based on a true story, written and performed by the family who lived it. It features 20 songs and 23 scenes; a cast of 7 actors, and 4 primary settings.

Book, Music, Lyrics by Kimerer LaMothe
Music, Arrangements by Geoffrey Gee

Synopsis: A family of seven shares a dream of moving to the country. When a series of events launches them on their way, they move to an old dairy farm, only to find that the farm has its own ideas of what it wants this family to be. As each person fends for him or herself, the family falls apart before coming to a deeper realization of how much they need one another to create the earth-friendly life they want to live.

Production History:
September 5, 12, 19, 2018. New York New Works Theatre Festival, The Acorn, Theatre Row, New York City. The LaMothe Gee Family performed a 25-minute version of the show as part of a showcase for investors and producers.

July 26, 27, 28, 2018. Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, LATEA at the Clemente Theatre, New York City. This production featured the seven members of the LaMothe Gee Family, and a three-piece band including drums/violin, bass/guitar, and Geoffrey on piano.

July 21, 22, 23, 2017. Fort Salem Theater, Salem, NY, Artistic director Jay Kerr produced a three-show run that featured the seven members of the LaMothe Gee Family, and a four-piece band including drums, bass/guitar, violin, and Geoffrey on piano.

From Outer Stage: All in the Family
From Words4Music: The New “Bradys” but Brilliant!

Nominated for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in a Musical, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018. Finalists will be announced September 21, 2018.

Photographs from July 2018 (by Melissa Schulz):

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“Your musical was so inspiring. uplifting and magnificent!!” – LP
“The music is breathtaking.” – JC
“Thank you for making such valuable, generous and rather spectacular work!” – SH
“The coordination and commitment and good will and communal creativity it took to create and bring this play to fruition are breathtaking.” — SH
“The musical was amazing. We were blown away by the music, the lyrics, the staging and the voices of all seven of you. How powerful and good and strong. As you know it all made me cry… You are a total inspiration.” — ST
“We couldn’t speak for about fifteen minutes after the show. We were so moved we would choke up when we tried to talk. What an incredible show … What a beautiful message… and what an amazing performance.” — TW
“The lyrics were fun and clever and the music was perfect.  I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed it. Congratulations on a perfect show.” — DT
“I SO enjoyed your show last night. Your story line and the music struck a note for all of us, whether a native or a transplant. The bottom line is to nurture and be stewards of the beautiful world we are in… You scored a winner!” — AC

Kimerer is a philosopher, dancer, and scholar of religions who, along with her partner, musician Geoffrey Gee, moved in 2005 from the Boston suburbs to an old dairy farm in rural upstate New York. Kimerer is the author of five books, most recently Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia University Press, 2015). She is the writer/director/choreographer for seven cabaret-style concerts and three solo dance concerts. She has a doctorate in religious studies from Harvard University where she also taught for five years; and has received fellowships for her work from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study and the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today.

Geoffrey is a pianist, composer, and music educator, who made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall on December 12, 2015. He is the lead on five CDs, including the latest I’ll Be There with You, and the author of the innovative virtual instrument Plectrum. He is the conductor for the Washington County Band, and teaches the International Baccalaureate Music classes at the Long Trail School in Dorset, VT.

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