Traditionally, the stage musical often borrows its subjects from mythology, popular novels or historical figures. So imagine the surprise of my entourage when I began writing the book and composing the music for Noémia, a musical that tells the unusual story of a young scientist who is trapped in a love triangle and desperately searching for her ill sister. Only a lyricist like my friend Pier Davi could fully grasp the potential of such an adventure.
This extraordinary epic tale demanded much of me: a great deal of time, certain sacrifices and a good dose of rewriting… For a musical is a timeless work that is constantly reinventing itself. The process of rewriting is fascinating in and of itself. There is something surreal about it. I believe that we would all like to be able to do the same with our own strange existential path. We secretly dream of embellishing an episode, deleting an unproductive character or simply finding a better motivation for our lead character.
But rewriting one’s life would directly change the lives of others: a heavy responsibility that only authors give themselves the right to explore… at least on paper. And it is probably just as well.