Kevin Ray Johnson
I could honestly talk your ear off for days about my love for Head over Heels, which opened on Broadway on July 26th at the Hudson Theatre directed by Tony Award Winner Michael Mayer featuring the music of The Go-Go’s, but I wanted to point out one of the stories being told in this fun, original musical. That is the story of Mopsa and Pamela.
Played beautifully by Taylor Iman Jones and Bonnie Milligan respectively, their chemistry is off the charts, and you will truly root for them from the very beginning of the show. I don’t want to give much of the story away because I strongly recommend going to see it. The one thing I appreciate is that there is a truth in their love that you rarely see in a musical. What we are usually given (not always but a majority of the time) is the “Honeymoon phase” of the love story where everything is perfect and nothing can go wrong.
Mopsa and Pamela’s love (though heavy with tongue) isn’t perfect all the time for them in the piece. Things do go wrong, and you see that they know each other’s flaws. With Mopsa and Pamela, you see two thinking people who realize that this love is a blessing but it also might be a huge problem with both of their places in life. But the obstacles they go through never take away from their love for each other. That love truly begins to blossom starting when they sing a duet called ‘Automatic Rainy Day’ followed by Taylor Iman Jones’s amazing performance of ‘Vacation’.
You are never turned off by their journey in this musical. Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship (or any relationship for that matter) will appreciate not only the relationship of Mopsa and Pamela but all the love stories you see in the show. They are told flawlessly and are so original, almost as original as an all-girls new wave band formed let’s say in the late 70’s. And to top it off, the acceptance of this love is so warm, beautiful and contagious, and anyone who comes to see the show will truly feel the same way.
Head over Heels is truly a celebration of love. It shows that love can come in all varieties, shapes, and forms. When you clear away all the static and distraction that can come when people aren’t used to seeing a relationship that differs from theirs, then you’ll truly see that Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love.
For more information about the show please visit – www.headoverheelsthemusical.com