Darrow, VHS ’04, Gets Commission For Musical


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David Darrow in “All Is Calm” (Photo: Dan Norman)

We can’t go to the theater now, but here’s something to look forward to: David Darrow, who graduated Verona High School with the class of 2004, has won a commission from Minneapolis-based Trademark Theater to collaborate on a musical.

According to the publication American Theatre, Darrow will be collaborating with playwright Kira Obolensky on a musical to be called “Four Measures.” It is based on a 1907 medical experiment that sought to determine if the human soul has weight by measuring the change in weight of people at the moment of their death.

Darrow seems to gravitate to unusual topics. In 2018, he performed Off-Broadway in “All Is Calm”, which was about the Christmas truce of 1914 during World War I, when Allied and German soldiers put down their weapons, left their trenches and met their enemies on the no-man’s-land in-between. The show was told through the songs they sang at that time and the thoughts they shared in letters sent home.

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Since graduating VHS, Darrow has performed Off-Broadway and around the United States, and has co-written musicals which have been produced or developed at the NAMT Festival, Village Theater, Greater Boston Stage Company, Trademark Theater, and 7th House Theater. Trademark Theater is closed now because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and there is no word yet on when Darrow’s musical will be on its stage.

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