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Music by Howard Marren
Book and Lyrics by Nan Knighton

About the Show

Nan described this project in her Center Stage Interview with ThePimpernel.com:

The whole thing takes place in a dollhouse, but it's not a kids' musical. It's definitely for adults. The characters are the dolls and different creatures that live in a dollhouse over a long period of time as history changes around them. I got the idea because for years and years I kept walking by my daughter's dollhouse and I'd notice that the father had been standing in the middle of the staircase for three years and I'd think, "This is a major metaphor for life." The whole family had been sitting around eating wedding cake for two years and I always kept thinking for years, "This is a musical, this is a play. You know, to go into this dollhouse and make these people characters." One Christmas my daughter was given an extra father, so suddenly, there she was with her dollhouse but she had two fathers. She came to me a few days later and said, "Well, I've worked it out. The old father is now going to be the babysitter and he's going to live in the attic. The new father..." I thought, "This is a show. This is absolutely a show."

Latest News

One song from the show - "I'm No Good In Bed" - has been recorded and released by Kate Shindle on her debut album, "Till Today" (SSP Records, 2002). The album is available for purchase at Amazon.com. The song has also been performed by Lisa Atkinson at the Hot-Off-The-Press! Cabaret in Toronto, Canada.

Open House has yet to be produced in any form.

Demo Recording

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Song TitlePerformer(s)
Don't I Know You?Brent Barrett, Carolee Carmello
Walking On The MoonGregg Edelman
I'm No Good In BedLiz Larsen
If You Could Touch MeCarolee Carmello, Brent Barrett
Ain't We Sittin' Pretty Now?Philip Hoffman, Liz Larsen, Michelle Mallardi, Howard Marren, Mary Testa
Turn Another CornerCarolee Carmello
Just Me And The WalrusSal Viviano
The Tender Life of Crazy LadiesPhilip Hoffman, Liz Larsen, Michelle Mallardi, Howard Marren, Mary Testa
In Someone Else's HandsBilly Porter, Choir

Related Items

18 March 2004 - Question & Answer
Nan discusses her work with Howard Marren (Snapshots and Open House).

12 February 2004 - Question & Answer
Nan discusses the two musicals she is developing with Howard Marren: Snapshots and Open House.

12 February 2004 - News Update
Five Songs Featured At Cabaret

15 January 2004 - News Update
Nan's Songs To Premiere In Toronto Cabaret

31 March 1999 - First Center Stage Interview
Nan discusses what the show is about, and how the idea came to her.

Summer 1998 - Kathy Stanchak Interview
Nan mentions working on Open House.

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