"Googling My Ex (And Other Obsessions)" is a new musical revue about growing up Generation X and surviving life and love in the 21st century. With original music and lyrics by Jill Léger, music direction by Joshua Rich and creative consultation by Scott Sedar, the revue was performed in Washington DC June 20 and June 21, 2008. Cuts on this CD are drawn from those three live performances.
The action begins in 1977, as a nine-year-old girl prepares for her nightly routine: performing the entire score of "Annie" for her stuffed animals. "Annie in My Room" sets the tone for an evening marked by both humor and pathos: a copy editor laments being a creative spirit stuck in a desk job, three Washington Post readers pour their hearts out to advice columnist Carolyn Hax and, in an unspecified DC office, three co-workers use their Macs and a certain search engine to determine what their exes have been up to lately.
The talented cast of performers includes Emily Leatha Everson, Michael Miyazaki, Barbara Papendorp, Justin Ritchie and Ron Squeri.
Jill Léger spent her California childhood listening to showtunes and loving the theatre. While in grade school, she dreamed of becoming a truck driver so she could spend her days singing and going out to eat. Instead, she grew up to pursue an award-winning journalism career, sharing a 2000 Peabody Award for C-SPAN’s year-long series on the American Presidents, and a 2008 Emmy nomination for her documentary research. Though Jill is a life-long lyricist and lover of wordplay, she didn't begin writing music until 2004, when she became fascinated with the life and career of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Eager to celebrate his lost talent and restore luster to his unfairly tarnished name, she began work on what would become "Call Me Fatty!" a full-length musical about Arbuckle’s life, and in the process was introduced to DC’s vibrant cabaret and theater community. Writing songs for her new friends became her passion, and a successful battle with breast cancer fueled her desire to celebrate all aspects of life in song. "Googling My Ex" is her debut showcase.
Joshua Rich is a concert pianist, playwright, director, film scorer and father of three who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Marvin Hamlisch and Randy Newman. He recently founded Originact, DC’s only original musical theatre company for families. (www.joshuarich.com)