​Stories Behind the Songs of

Kasey Schumacher

social cues—kasey schumacher—march 2020

The calendar has flipped to March, which means it's finally the month LMBF gets to share "Girls on Thin Ice" with audiences! You may recall we did a throwback to Frank's Dinner Theatre in 2019 and performed "Girls on Ice" at Backstage at the Meyer last March. The feedback was so positive that we are bringing back Frank's Dinner Theatre again this year. March 12-15, we'll perform "Girls on Thin Ice" as a dinner theatre show at Backstage at the Meyer. It's a prequel to "Girl on Ice" and takes us back to the 1980s when the girls were in college.

This show features the five ladies of Let Me Be Frank Productions — Amy Riemer, Lisa Borley, Sarah Hibbard, Kelly Gusloff, and myself!

In a typical LMBF show, Frank, Amy, and Pat collectively decide the setlist of songs. After two decades of this, they're clearly very good at picking out songs! However, for the "Girls on Thin Ice" show, Frank let us share our suggestions for the songs we each get to sing. We have a fantastic setlist compiled for this show of fantastic '80s tunes, and I know audiences are going to love it. So how did certain songs make the cut? I asked each of the ladies to share a reason they chose one of their three featured songs.

Amy Riemer, performing "You Better Run" by Pat Benatar — I first sang this song in "Our '80s Senior Ball" back in 2008. I've sung a lot of Pat Benatar through the years, but this one has always been a favorite. My character in that show was a Goth chick, and I was pretty scary singing this song! I'm so looking forward to Girls on Thin Ice! Having five girls in one show is going to be amazing!

Lisa Borley, performing "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan — One of the songs that I chose to sing is "I'm Every Woman" from Chaka Khan. I've loved this particular song ever since I heard Whitney Houston sing it in one of my favorite movies, "The Bodyguard." The Bodyguard soundtrack played daily in my cassette player when I was around age 9. It's always a special moment when I can perform a song that I grew up listening to from artists that I've idolized for so long!

Sarah Hibbard, performing "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters — I chose "I'm so excited" because I am seriously so excited to perform with the other four LMBF gals. What powerful and dedicated role model women that I get to surround myself with!

Kelly Gusloff, performing "How Will I Know" made famous by Whitney Houston (but in this show, we're doing an a cappella Glee version) — Most who know me understand that even though I was born in the '80s, I'm a die-hard '70s music fan. I always have to do a little more homework when it comes to '80s tunes, and I had some help from the other ladies in this show! I specifically chose "How Will I Know" because everyone loves Whitney Houston, but I REALLY love a capella songs. Thank goodness for Glee and this amazing arrangement. I find a lot of joy in tight harmonies and solid blending, and this group of ladies is the best group to harmonize with!

Kasey Schumacher, performing "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe, but an updated Carrie Underwood version — Even though I'm the singer in my family, my brother is like an encyclopedia of '80s tunes. We both grew up listening to the '80s in the 2000s! A few years ago, my brother texted me the original version of "Home Sweet Home" and said he could picture Frank doing it in a show. I went to look at the Mötley Crüe video on YouTube and discovered Carrie Underwood's powerful version in the process. I kept it in the back of my mind as a song I'd love to perform in a show! When Frank asked for our suggestions, I took my opportunity. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Hear these selections (and more!) performed live by an amazing cast of women at Backstage at the Meyer, March 12-15, 2020. Head to meyertheatre.org or ticketstaronline.com for more information and ticket details.

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