Diamond – a song for the MotherDaughterMusical



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(untitled)  MotherDaughterMusical is a musical for the stage about the mother-daughter relationship, revealed in its fullest complexity, a diverse yet universal human bond that is at the core of who we are.   The musical is inspired by our documentary film The Story of Mothers and Daughters and by our in-depth, one hour interviews with over 400 women and girls.

  • 30 songs.

  • 25 relationships.

  • Diverse.  Universal.   Honest.  Emotional.  Funny.  Tragic.  Familiar.  Surprising.  Unsentimental.

  • Every one of us will recognize ourself or our mother in this play, on stage, at least for a moment if not much much more.

Imagine the Mother Daughter Musical as A Chorus Line meets The Vagina Monologues, a true-to-the-point-of-pain journey into the mother and daughter relationship in the genre of a documentary theater concept musical:

  • documentary theater– meaning a stage play drawn from the real world rather than from a playwright’s imagination, e.g.  Vagina Monologues  or any of the plays by Anna Deavere Smith
  • concept musical– about a central theme or concept, rather than about a central story or character. Just like Cats  and Chorus Line, (also concept musicals) we use songs from multiple diverse characters, each with their own separate story, that together present a many-sided portrait of our chosen theme.  In comparison, the book musical (e.g. Oklahoma! to Hamilton) is plot based, a central story with on-going characters whose trials and tribulations make up the narrative.

30 Songs

will explore the mother-daughter journey in five chapters:  1) Birth,  2) Growing Up,  3) Separation,   4) Woman to Woman, and  5) Generation to Generation.   These five chapters reveal the story of the human experience from cradle to grave using the most natural and ancient of all storytelling structures – our own human life cycle.  More than just a theatrical device, this cradle-to-grave structure is something we understand intimately and intuitively.  It is a story that we actually live, literally hard-wired into our very bodies over 15,000 generations of human-life on earth.

Each chapter has 5 songs, allowing both diversity and connectedness within in that stage of life.

Five more songs take us on the journey of Sophie, our main character who helps unify the musical.   Sophie is a 27 year old freelance journalist and motherless daughter.  The play begins on the 10th anniversary of her mother’s death with Sophie’s own private ritual of remembrance.  She sings about being a motherless daughter,  the central trauma of her life. She sings about how on this very day she got her dream-come-true yet nightmarish writer’s gig:  a cover story for a prestigious magazine on the mother-daughter relationship.  Terrified by the subject she has spent her life avoiding, she nonetheless begins a journey to become a great reporter  … and goes forth to interview many women and girls about their mother-daughter relationship and learn what she knows so little about.

Thus, the real-life stories of the women and girls we filmed and portrayed in our documentary become a series of characters and songs for Sophie to encounter.  Each relationship and each song, offers a profound insight into one aspect of the mother-daughter experience.  Each is a trigger point for Sophie as she struggles to understand and to make sense of the big questions in her own life: should she marry her boyfriend and have a child?  How can she be a mother, when she fears she doesn’t know how?  Can she trust in love, after learning the bitter truth that everything must end?  And what if she does have a child and dies young, how can she leave another child to grow up alone?

By the play’s end … there is a surprise … (??!!?) … and via all the women/girls she has met, Sophie learns what she needs to know, as do we the audience:  the link by link connection from mother to daughter to mother, from cradle to grave, from generation to generation … not just the story of any one of us but the story of all of us, a profound and central part of the human experience, the mother-daughter bond – the continuation of the human species itself.

Our Audience

Admittedly, not everyone will be interested in this play.  Our audience is limited to:

  • mothers and daughters

  • plus people who have a mother

  • plus people who have a daughter.

But despite that limitation … and seriously now …  we believe there is a devoted audience who care deeply about this theme and will care passionately about this musical.


“Diamond”        (with another singer! version 11)
Singer: Tatianna Cordoba

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