Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

School of Theatre and Dance

Advisor(s)

Kate Arecchi

Abstract

Amy Winehouse tragically died on July 23, 2011 as a result of years of alcoholism and drug abuse. Her beautiful jazz infused poetic music and her struggle with addiction created a juxtaposition of extremes that led to the foundational question of this creative project: “How can Winehouse’s music serve as the catalyst for a musical theatre piece that explores the impact of addiction on the human experience?” Extensive research was conducted on the themes of drug abuse, alcoholism, attachment in adult life, and domestic violence. The project culminated with a staged reading of a jukebox musical consisting of Winehouse’s music and an original script. The story addresses addiction but provides an uplifting and positive outlook for those seeking help. It revolves around a female songwriter in her twenties who seeks help after being abused by her significant other. During her quest for guidance and help, she encounters two other characters dealing with addictions of their own. The musical follows the characters through their trials and tribulations as they struggle to maintain their sobriety. A poignant and reflective storyline, infused with the beautiful music of Amy Winehouse, this creative project aims to provide insight and life affirming reflection.

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