“I’m Gone” Delights at San Diego Screening of JUST PRETEND

In honor of Giving Tuesday, here’s a new video just released from the most recent production at Youth Sing Praise–an organization near and dear to us here at 7 1/2 Cents.


Lyricist and Book Writer Bradley J. Behrmann welcomes guests to the San Diego screening of ‘Just Pretend.’ In attendance was long-time choreographer Peggy Quinn.

Just Pretend–the new musical that premiered at Youth Sing Praise last June–recently  screened in San Diego.  The audience listened attentively throughout the opening sequence as they met the key players of both Esther and Ella’s story.  But it wasn’t until the second number–“I’m Gone”–that they started moving.  By the time Queen Vashti started her first chorus, everyone was grooving in their chairs.  Stay tuned for more videos from Just Pretend and expect rights to be available in early 2016.

It’s Not Hamilton, But You Could JUST PRETEND

I am trying to focus on writing today’s post, but I am too busy listening to Hamilton.  Maybe it’s just foolish to be dropping a new video from your humble little show that premiered in your hometown on a day when most Broadway aficionados are abuzz with the release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s super-popular, super-ground-breaking, super-phat-beatz-n-rhymz-bustin’ new musical.  Maybe I’m just pretending people will notice me.

But here’s trying.

Orin and I are happy to release this video of one of our favorite numbers from our not-so-much-phat-beatz-as-what-we-hope-is-smart-sophisticated-tuneful-and-soul-filling show, Just Pretend.  It premiered June 27, 2015 at Youth Sing Praise.  This scene sets up the song “Faith Enough.”  Esther has just heard a decree that she is to be part of a contest to find a new Queen of Persia; her uncle, Mordechai, urges her forward despite her misgivings.

We will be sharing some other freshly-mastered excerpts from the show in the coming weeks.  Look for a full soundtrack to be available by Christmas.  Thanks to all for your support of this new work thus far.  Interested in learning more?  Head over to our official website here.

St. Louis Review features YSP program, new original musical ‘Just Pretend’

Thanks to Youth Sing Praise alumna Colleen Dulle for the feature article of the new musical ‘Just Pretend’ by Bradley J. Behrmann and Orin Johnson in the St. Louis Review.  The article also includes coverage of the Twitter Talk Back Session following the world premiere.  Photos by Weston Kenney.

Link to the full article here.

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