One of the few perks of working security is that I practically get paid to watch concerts and musicals. This particular musical performed for just one night in my town, and I was excited to see a new musical (since the newest one I’ve seen on stage is Phantom of the Opera, which is quite old now.) Overall, I wasn’t totally won over by the story; I just couldn’t connect with it. That’s mostly because I was expecting a kind of Fiddler on the Roof meets West Side Story based on the synopsis I read. There are a few love stories, but nothing nearly so powerful as West Side and the emphasis on tradition is hardly there at all.
Regardless, this song stuck with me. It’s the song Kevin Rosario sings after he’s found out that his daughter has dropped out of school, and that she didn’t come to her parents for financial assistance because she didn’t want to burden him since his business wasn’t doing so well. This leaves him a little stunned, and makes him feel like he might be just as useless as he thought his father was. This is a very lovely, very powerful song.