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Who You Are (from The Yellow Wood)
Elliott & Larsen
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Explore similarWho You Are The Yellow Wood Danny Larsen Michelle Elliott tenor baritone soprano mezzo alto
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About the song
Adam, a half-korean, 17 year-old misfit who has been taking Ritalin for his ADD, has trying to get through the day without it in order to show everyone that he is a normal guy - without success. At this moment, he is bombarded by all of the aspects of himself and that he feels make him abnormal and unlovable and tries one last futile attempt to escape them.
ABOUT THE YELLOW WOOD:
17-year old Adam is frantically trying to memorize Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" to recite in his English class, but because he didn't take his Ritalin on this particular morning, he can't get much farther than the first line, "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..." before an amazing yellow wood begins creeping into his school day. Desperate to prove he can turn his loser-life completely around and become the cool and normal kid he’s always dreamed of being, Adam struggles to memorize the poem--and as it begins to take on a life of its own, Adam is pulled deeper and deeper into the Yellow Wood, where he must face the reality of who he is and decide who he will ultimately become.
The sheet music is available in the following keys/versions: All vocal types / Key of Bb - C.
About the composer
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Danny Larsen (composer & co-lyricist) and Michelle Elliott (bookwriter & co-lyricist) graduated from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Their first musical, The Yellow Wood, was awarded a Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Daryl Roth Award. In 2007, The Yellow Wood was presented in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where Danny received the award for Best Music. The show was also part of the Village Originals and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival. Cloaked, their second show, received workshop productions at CAP 21 and Village Theatre. Cloaked received a Jonathan Larson Grant and Michelle was the recipient of the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Librettist for the show.
Danny and Michelle wrote, filmed and produced a seven-part musical for teens entitled The Hinterlands in a response to the spate of suicides by gay youth. The show can be viewed at HinterlandsTheMusical.com and via Youtube.
Michelle and Danny’s musical for young people, Zombie in Love, premiered at the Oregon Children’s Theatre, where it received multiple Drammy Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Original Script, as well as the Portland Area Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Musical. Their musical, Catch the Wind (formerly Maiden Voyage), is a passionate exploration of the lives of women aboard a notorious pirate ship and was presented at the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival in 2016.
Their new show, Hart Island, is about New York City’s public burial ground and was shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice award.
Danny holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre Education from Brigham Young University, and has orchestrated several musicals, including Wind in the Willows and The Ballad of Little Jo.
Michelle’s first play, Promising, was produced off-off Broadway in 2015.