"Remember, no man is a failure who has friends."
~Clarence, It's a Wonderful Life
I'll be honest, yesterday, as I was riding the subway to work after a restless night of sleep, I started formulating the blog entry I would be writing on January 1st of 2011. The title was, "The Little Musical That Could Have Been," and in it I painfully bid farewell to all my loyal blog readers who had been cheering me on throughout Helen's development. It was the first time in this process that the dreaded "d" word--doubt--had crept in.
But, you know what, friends? I have a feeling that we just might pull this off. In fact, I feel certain that we're going to do it.
And who will I be thanking when Helen makes her NYC theatrical debut come spring? YOU. All of you Helen supporters who have been pledging this week, those of you who have lent your incredible talents to Helen's development for free (and those parents who have gotten you to and from rehearsal to lend those talents of yours), those of you who have been posting the Kickstarter link in your Facebook Status and encouraging your friends to pledge--each and every one of you who has been spreading the gospel of Helen on 86th St. since July.
When I told my parents about this crazy idea to try and fund Helen through Kickstarter, my dad, half-jokingly said (in his Massachusetts accent), "You should do it. Ya' gonna' be just like George Bailey at the end of It's a Wonderful Life...Uncle Billy will be bringing ya' the big basket with all the money."
Joking aside, I do feel like George Bailey at the end of It's a Wonderful Life. There may not be a basket, but the support and generosity that has come our way has been overwhelming. And just like George Bailey, I've got my angels to thank.
I think a bunch of Helen supporters just got their wings.