Age of Innocence

 

All of the tracks are from my upcoming musical The Age of Innocence (book and lyrics by Craig Fols). Andrew Samonsky sings Newland; Amy Justman sings Ellen. I play piano.

 

 

DEAR OLD PLACE

 

After being educated and raised in Europe, Ellen Olenska has left her husband, the domineering Count Olenska, to return to her native New York. She is taken in by her American relatives, but her separated status has designated her as persona non grata amongst the New York elite. On reacquainting with her childhood friend, Newland Archer, she reveals her hopes and misgivings to him, embracing the uncertainty of the road ahead.

 

WHAT IF

 

Over the course of Act I, while concurrently going forward with plans to marry May Welland, a darling of New York's high society, Newland has grown more interested in and emotionally involved with Ellen. He finally confronts Ellen to reveal the extent of his feelings for her.

 

 

IN PARIS

 

25 years after the abrupt ending of his relationship with Ellen, Newland Archer has returned to Paris in this last scene, waiting underneath her window, trying to decide whether he'll go up and visit her.

 

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