‘It’s Only Life’ and it’s Beautiful at the Chromolume Theatre


Photo by Daniel L. Wilson

First off I have to say I absolutely loved this show and it definitely falls into the ‘must see’ category.

‘It’s Only Life’ was originally conceived and directed by Daisy Prince with music and lyrics by John Bucchino. If you’re unfamiliar with this extraordinary composer, he has written songs that have been recorded and performed Judy Collins, Patti LuPone, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra MacDonald, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel and many other great artists.

‘It’s Only Life’ is a musical revue about longing, fulfillment, loss, triumph and ultimately wisdom. According to the New York Times, Bucchino’s ‘flowing, finely made piano ballads describe an urban life in which relationships come and go in cycles of yearning, fulfillment, heartbreak and healing’ – where romantic love is anticipated with “high expectations, high anxiety and open hearts.”

Each number performed by this super talented cast whether funny or sad always had a strong ring of truth. At the performance I saw, John Bucchino accompanied the performers on a baby grand piano and even sang one of his songs.

Besides the incredible music, each member of the cast including, Jill Marie Burke, Devon Davidson, Joaquin Nunez, Philip McBride, Kayre Morrison, and Ken Shepski, were so deeply connected to John’s lyrics conveying the intricate emotions of his beautiful songs.

The show, according to director Alan Palmer. asks the questions; Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? What do we strive for? What will make us the happiest? I know what made me happy and will make you happy as well. Seeing this wonderful, thought provoking musical.

‘It’s Only Life’ is produced by Art-In-Relation and is now playing at The Chromolume Theatre located at 5429 W. Washington Avenue, Los Angeles 90016. The remaining performances are Fridays and Saturdays, June 16th, through July 8th at 8pm; Sundays, June 18th through July 9th at 2:00.  Tickets are $42.00. To purchase call 323-320-2898 or http://artinrelation.com

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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