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CLOSER THAN EVER Music by David Shire; lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. Opened 6 November, 1989 - Cherry Lane Theatre (288 perfs) Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire - 1994 Library Theatre, Manchester - 1994 As in their joyous first revue Starting Here, Starting Now, Maltby and Shire turn an unblinking and frank spotlight on our lives and loves, relationships and fantasies - but the age range has risen somewhat! Wicked satire and the ache of love unrequited or dimmed by time are here a-plenty in 25 memorable songs. The result is truly a revue for today. STORY: Act One The lights come up on four people standing in front of “Doors.” They are modern, timeless, urban, hip, sophisticated, lost and awestruck by the overwhelming choices before them. The closed doors of unrequited love show us one man who bemoans unreturned affections. The lady in question pines after another man, whom it seems yearns for the first man (“She Loves Me Not”). A man tells a woman that she’s a goddess, then proceeds to break up with her and, not surprisingly, the woman responds tersely (“You Want to Be My Friend?”). An obsession with a woman drives a man to do crazy things. He resolves to stop, but then misses his obsessive behavior when he does stop (“What Am I Doing?”). After one too many bad relationships, a female zoologist resolves to be more like female animals that need the male species to reproduce and nothing more (“The Bear, The Tiger, The Hamster and The Mole”). The rigors of being a father and husband are solved with a simple solution (“I’ll Get up Tomorrow Morning”). A seemingly quiet, shy, unnoticed woman has a sexy secret to tell… but she’s not saying a thing (“Miss Byrd”). Newly divorced people in their forties rejoin the singles pool (“Dating Again”). The longings for lives that he could have led makes a man realize that, even if those longings are a given, he has happily made his choice (“One of the Good Guys”). An obsession with staying young makes physical exercise a seeming necessity and, even though painful, the end result will be worth it (“There’s Nothing Like It”). In a bittersweet recounting, a woman surrenders to the life that she’s lived without complaining (“Life Story”). Doors opening and closing, good and bad choices, happy and sad times – the ups and downs of life and love make us ever-hopeful for something better (“Next Time”). We continue opening and closing doors on the positive and the negative but, in the long run, wouldn’t change a thing (“I Wouldn’t Go Back”). Act Two As we begin Act II, doors continue opening and closing as three college friends grow up and grow apart but work to remain connected (“Three Friends”). A career-obsessed couple has trouble compromising their work for the sake of their baby (“Fandango”). Another couple comes apart because the man is not “there” for his wife until it’s too late. A woman in a midlife dilemma is troubled by feelings of unrest, yet, in the end, takes comfort in her surroundings (“Patterns”). Doors open on an ode to weddings (“There Is Something in a Wedding”). A man and woman each venture into a second marriage (to each other) with a lovely, philosophical outlook (“Another Wedding Song”). With great pride and joy, a man pays tribute to his father, who taught him the love of music and life in general (“If I Sing”), and a woman pays a jazzy, tongue-in-cheek tribute to her bass-playing boyfriend (“Back on Base”). Transitional doors show us that getting older is inevitable. Facing all of the changes that happen along the