W I M P: Featuring the music of Romanovsky & Phillips
(Who are they? here’s a quick intro to their part in our history)
“Wimp” tells the story of one man’s journey from lonely, nonathletic loner to out and proud gay young man in 18 songs. The total run-time for these songs, as recorded, is about 60 minutes.
This is not a work in progress. Rather, it’s an outline that a more qualified person can use to make a proposal to Ron Romanovsky for a musical theatrical production using the music and lyrics of Romanovsky & Phillips and Ron Romanovsky‘s solo albums. It might also, as noted in my 2014 blog post of the idea, be a concert play list for a choral group or glee club.
To be clear, permission for using any of the songs needs to arranged by contacting Ron Romanovsky– I am not his agent. However, I do operate the Official R&P Facebook Page and Official R&P Merchandise Shop for Ron. Also, I edited & published 1 Out Of 10 Therapists, and serve as Webmaster for romanovskyandphillips.com. Ron is aware of this ‘play list’ idea of mine.
About a dozen of the song titles link to short clips (~40 seconds each) at RomanovskyAndPhillips.com.
(ITYBT) I Thought You’d Be Taller (1984)
(TIP) Trouble In Paradise (1986)
(ER) Emotional Rollercoaster (1988)
(BPNP) Be Political Not Polite (1991)
(HR)* Hopeful Romantic (1992)
(LFI) Let’s Flaunt It! (1995)
(P2P)* Pittsburgh to Paris (2006)
(TUTF)* Turn Up The Fun (2008)
HR, P2P & TUTF are 3 of Ron’s solo albums
While I would be thrilled beyond measure to see W I M P staged; on or off-Broadway, or by one or more regional theatre companies, the real BIG DREAM is to have the music, the legacy, of Romanovsky & Phillips celebrated the way the recording industry does things- their works performed by a ‘cavalcade of stars’.
Who Are Romanovsky & Phillips?
Singers/songwriters Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips played an integral part in the gay rights movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s, performing at hundreds of gay pride events and community and AIDS fundraisers, and headlining at dozens of music clubs, theaters, and concert halls throughout the country. Often they were the first gay act to get mainstream press coverage in dozens of Mid-American cities and towns,
These pioneering activists/entertainers were the first openly gay male musical act to tour extensively throughout the United States and Canada from 1982 to 1999. This music and comedy duo released six albums of their original songs on their own Fresh Fruit Records label, performed sixty to ninety concerts a year at the height of their career, and appeared in concert in over one hundred cities in forty-four states and five Canadian provinces, as well as on the main stage at both the 1987 and the 1993 National Marches on Washington for LGBT Rights.
They’ve frequently been left out or marginalized in mainstream narratives of gay history due to the fact that much of their career was made in the Heartland of the U.S., rather than in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. R&P’s music and influence inspired thousands of ordinary, everyday folks throughout the country to come out, get involved, and live proudly as GLBT people.