He Could Go on Singing: With Not-So-Solo Show Wunderkind, Tim Realbuto's Back in the Spotlight

October 8, 2014 6:37 PM

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He Could Go on Singing: With Not-So-Solo Show Wunderkind, Tim Realbuto's Back in the Spotlight

Tim Realbuto may be the first person able to live in the past, present, and future simultaneously. Best known for writing and composing the Broadway-bound musical Ghostlight with Matthew Martin, Realbuto now exorcises his own ghosts in Wunderkind, a not-so-solo exploration of his thirty years of life thus far. A musical journey about identity, sexuality, and the pain and complexities involved in growing up, Wunderkind follows Tim through his time as a successful child actor in TV and movies like The Sopranos and The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline to his quarter-life crisis and reinvention as a writer. Backstage gossip and entertainment in-jokes abound, but the show has a beating heart beneath its tongue-in-cheek humor as Realbuto learns the hard way that the realities of adulthood often don't match our dreams.

Rather appropriately, Wunderkind begins with an appeal to fairytale figures much as ancient Greeks invoked the Muses for blessings on a good story. Tim implores Peter Pan and Tinkerbell to point him in the right direction, bemoaning that he's just turned the big 3-0 and opting to examine where he's ...

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