It's that time of year again. Prom Night is upon the denizens of Llanview, PA, and excitement is bursting over, as one of the most anticipated events in a high schooler's life is set to play out over three, dramatic, explosive, melodic, "Starr X'd" episodes of One Life to Live, beginning this Friday, May 14.
Yours truly was invited to the OLTL studio recently for a preview of Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical, and honies let me tell y'all, the gang over at OLTL has pulled out all the stops to give fans a smash, 3-day event. Several of the soap's major storylines climax during the Glee-esque eppys, including: Langston's (Brittany Underwood) creeping behind Markko's (Jason Tam) back with Ford (David Gregory); Cole (Brandon Buddy) being in the slammer for almost killing Starr's (Kristen Alderson) Pops; a "teenage" Jessica (Bree Williamson) gunning for Cristian (David Fumero), much to the chagrin of Brody (Mark Lawson) and Layla (Tika Sumpter) and Matthew (Eddie Alderson) finally getting the girl, except Danielle's (Kelley Missal) set her sights on another... Welcome to Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical.
After the tumultuous few months this soap opera and its fans have endured, Llanview lovers can rest assured executive producer Frank Valentini, head writer Ron Carlivati, and most imperatively, the cast and crew of OLTL are going to give you the passion, creativity and attention to detail that made OLTL the critical darling of the soap world for much of the past two years.
Viewers will witness OLTL's insanely-talented cast belt out such tunes as The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" and The Go-Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed", among many others, interspersed with plenty of combustible revelations, romance and reality checks, the latter courtesy of Destiny (Shenell Edmonds)!
I literally screamed out during some of the show-stopping numbers during the teaser performance, it was that good! In fact, excellent is truly the only word to describe the preview I witnessed of Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical.
Here are just a few highlights to watch for:
Roxy (Ilene Kristen) stealing the group, musical number of "Our Lips Our Sealed", not only with her singing, but with her flawless comedic timing.
Blair (Kassie De Pavia) perfecting "I Can't Live" against the backdrop of the Llanview High teens getting ready for prom, including a torn Starr (Alderson), who's convinced she will be all alone for the big night.
Destiny (Edmonds) shining during a rendition of the late Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel", during a fantasy scene drummed up by Darren (Jarrell Singleton).
"We had an amazing time creating the musical," said Ron Carlivati, who I caught up with at the performance. "The cast and the crew did a great job in bringing the musical to life and I hope fans enjoy it as much as we did."
Trust me, these three episodes will be ones OLTL fans remember for a long, long time! My only real critique concerns Jessica's storyline. Bree Williamson continues to play Jessica more like a 7-year-old than a 17-year-old, which can be a bit distracting when the rest of the sequences are so spot on, but hey I'll endure anything that gives me the chance to see Mark Lawson in Brody's dress whites. Lord in the Morning!
Be sure to check out One Life to Live's Starr X'd Lovers: The Musical beginning Friday, May 14! Also, you can purchase the songs from the musical extravaganza on iTunes by going here.