Monday, November 21, 2005
This Show Is All Business
By Rochelle Stewart
Its creative. Its humorous. Its even
provocative. What is it?
Its a musical about business.
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, cabaret singers Will McMillan and Bobbi Carrey debut
their original show, In Good Company, at Scullers Jazz Club.
We take the subject (of business) and create something provocative,
The show, she said, combines the ethical, unethical, greedy and inspiring
sides of business.
Carrey knows a thing or two about the business world. A former senior
vice president at Fidelity Investments, Carrey runs nowandthen Productions,
a company that offers cabaret performances combining social history with
popular American song. McMillan is the director of public relations and
development for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Carrey and McMillan debuted an earlier version of In Good Company
at the Kennedy Library in April for Boston Colleges Center for Corporate
Citizenship annual conference. Carrey said in the first rendition, she
and McMillan did not want to single out a specific corporation; therefore,
the show generalized business culture.
This time its different.
For example, the renovated version features a musical medley of Disney
songs, such as Whistle While You Work from Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs and Its a Small World and
Ive Got No Strings from Pinocchio.
Theres a lot going on within the Disney Company, Carrey
said. The story of (Michael) Eisner recently leaving Disney is just
Carrey said she and McMillan take business stories in the news, combine
music and dialogue and hopefully create something that opens the
heart, soul and mind.
The duo explained that the cabaret is an attempt to help people see how
choices made relating to business can affect the economy and the world.
We want people to come out of the cabaret with hope, McMillan
Carrey describes it as attempting to make things better before they
Although Carrey and McMillan work full-time in addition to preparing and
rehearsing for the cabaret, both performers said the show is always on
Im always thinking of new ideas or memorizing songs,
Best of all, their job as cabaret performers allows them to combine their
love of music with their former and current professional lives. Since
they come from different professional backgrounds, McMillan and Carrey
said they bring different perspectives to their musical about the business
I have the formidable task of making sense out of the news articles,
trying to figure out what happened and what is the theme, explained
McMillan, who is a singer, songwriter and promoter for the cabaret.
Because she worked in the corporate world, Carrey said, Ive
got the inside, sometimes jaded perspective.
How do they come up with ideas and songs for the show? They leave it up
to fate or luck, depending on how you look at it.
I cut up news articles and put them in a bag, McMillan said.
Then he closes his eyes, sticks his hand in the bag and picks an article.
Viola: One topic for the show is born.
Its a challenge finding the appropriate songs, Carrey
said. The song might not always be about business, but we contextualize
it in a certain way so that it makes sense.
McMillan and Carrey know it takes hard work to become successful, which
is why the two said they are consistently raising the bar for themselves
with their cabaret performances.
Music is powerful to us, Carrey said. We dig a little
deeper and use songs to communicate. Its a lot like writing a book.
Carrey said she and McMillan let their emotions and intuitions lead them.
The duo hopes their show will garner a following.
Wed love to continue to perform the show at libraries, universities
and business schools, Carrey said.
The show features songs by contemporary pop and Broadway composers.
For tickets, call 617-562-4111 or go to www.scullersjazz.com or www.bobbicarrey.com.