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Just This Once: A Song Cycle

by Various Artists

A song cycle about life, love, and getting through it all.
Genre: Easy Listening: Musicals/Broadway
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1. What's Left Behind
John B. Dehaas, Susan Williams, Shawn Walsh, Stephanie Warner, Kevin Kelley, Kelley McGillicuddy, Paul Padilla, Sarah Overton & Justin David
4:40 $0.99
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2. He Doesn't Say
Susan Williams
2:54 $0.99
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3. Braeburn Park Drive
Paul Padilla
2:57 $0.99
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4. Love.com
Stephanie Warner
2:39 $0.99
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5. I Can't Stop Dreaming About You
Kevin Kelly
2:52 $0.99
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6. I Can't Seem to Fall in Love
Shawn Walsh
2:25 $0.99
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7. Roses Are Red
Paul Padilla
3:49 $0.99
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8. The Journey
Stephanie Warner
2:14 $0.99
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9. The Worst Date of My Life
Shawn Walsh & Paul Padilla
2:21 $0.99
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10. I Can't Get You out of My Heart
Kevin Kelly
3:00 $0.99
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11. If You're Gonna Do Bad Cabaret
Kelley McGillicuddy
2:31 $0.99
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12. My Child
Susan Williams, Kelley McGillicuddy & Stephanie Warner
2:25 $0.99
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13. Washboard Abs
Kevin Kelly, Paul Padilla & Shawn Walsh
2:37 $0.99
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14. Waiting for the Rain
Kelley McGillicuddy
1:51 $0.99
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15. I'm Tired of Falling
Susan Williams
2:29 $0.99
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16. The Dating Guide
Stephanie Warner & Susan Williams
3:45 $0.99
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17. I Didn't Get a Chance to Say Goodbye
Shawn Walsh
4:05 $0.99
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18. Just This Once
John B. Dehaas, Susan Williams, Shawn Walsh, Stephanie Warner, Kevin Kelly, Kelley McGillicuddy, Paul Padilla, Sarah Overton & Justin David
3:53 $0.99
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19. On Sunday Morning
Jennifer Warren
2:58 $0.99
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20. Believe
Justin Lore, Susan Williams, Shawn Walsh, Stephanie Warner, Kevin Kelly, Kelley McGillicuddy, Paul Padilla, Sarah Overton & Justin David
2:54 $0.99
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21. Waltzing
Jennifer Warren
2:09 $0.99
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22. What Gets Me Through (Male Key)
Ricky Cona
3:19 $0.99
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23. What Gets Me Through (Female Key)
Jennifer Warren
3:21 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In January of 1995, I turned thirty years old. What had I done up to that point with my life? Where was it headed? Who would I meet in the future? Who had I let fall by the wayside?

These and a million other thoughts were going through my head for about a year before my birthday. I began to jot things down, write lyrics, compose songs, establish situations and characters, most of whom were basically me.

I wanted to tell what it was like for me, what it is like every day, for anyone who ever wondered “What now?” The songs deal with the many aspects of love, relationships, families, dating in both the straight and gay worlds, death, loneliness, and the search for answers in a world so filled with unanswered questions.

This cast recording is from the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Festival which won the Critic's Choice Award from Best Original Musical.

Reviews of the 2015 Orlando Fringe cast

Orlando Sentinel May 11, 2015

In "Just This Once," John B. deHaas has created a cycle of songs dealing with the hope and dreams and fears surrounding love, dating and life from the perspective of someone approaching 30.
It's familiar ground, to be sure. But the joy in this lovely production directed by Andrea Canny is in the moving melodies deHaas has composed and the superior cast he has assembled to sing them.

deHaas's hummable tunes would be right at home in any professional cabaret — well any good, professional cabaret. One of the show's several comedic highlights advises "If you're gonna do bad cabaret, don't do cabaret at all." Songs like that have extra appeal to the Broadway crowd, and there are musical-theater flourishes throughout, but this show is for anyone who has ever been in love — or wanted to be.

In this well-traveled territory, there's bound to be the occasional lyric that feels derivative, perhaps one too many trip to the "Where am I going?" motif, but more often than not the words hit home.

One clever medley has the guys (Kevin Kelly, Paul Padilla, Shawn Walsh) singing about different stages of love, all tied to that moment when you want to fall asleep but your racing mind won't let you. The guys also score with a comic ode to washboard abs. (Imagine the Andrews Sisters… if they were a trio of gay men.)

The women (Kelley McGillicuddy, Susan Williams, Stephanie Warner) have their turn to shine, too, especially in "My Child" with its lovely, interlocking melodies.

I saw an early technical rehearsal in which the performers masterfully ignored microphone pops and hisses and lighting miscues. Those glitches, easy to fix, couldn't detract from "Just This Once." That's a testament to how strong this cast is, and how strong this show is.

ORLANDO WEEKLY
Monday, May 11, 2015
Fringe 2015 review: "Just This Once"
Posted By Seth Kubersky on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

The Orlando Museum of Art has finally fully embraced the Fringe this year, opening their auditorium up as the festival’s Gold venue. Between the newly installed color-changing LED lights and comfy padded seats with excellent sightlines, this could become one of the best performance spaces at the Fringe, provided they can work out some sound system snafus.

So it’s appropriate that the first Fringe show to preview in this gem of a venue is John B. deHaas’ delicately crafted song cycle "Just This Once." deHaas has been one of Orlando’s most in-demand pianists and prolific composers for nearly two decades, but this piece dates to his days as Williamsburg, Virginia, theme park employee.

Originally written for his 30th birthday, deHaas has revived the work for his 50th, and most of it still feels surprisingly relevant (if endearingly naive) 20 years later. Unlike some of deHaas’ other creations, this song cycle is not a fully formed musical, but a plotless series of loosely related numbers, with little movement and zero dialogue to connect them.

Characters go unnamed, existing only for the length of a song, but a common theme of longing for love links the vignettes together. deHaas’ Broadway pastiche melodies always seem oddly familiar, as if you’ve always known the tune, and if the lyrics aren’t as trickily witty as some of his later work, they a bear straightforward simplicity befitting the show’s tone of insecure optimism.

The cast of "Just This Once" is directed by local favorite Andrea Canny, and includes some of the area’s most talented singers inside (or outside) a theme park: Kevin Kelly, Kelley McGillicuddy, Paul Padilla, Shawn Walsh, Stephanie Warner and Susan Williams. Each gets a solo or two (mostly midtempo power ballads about unrequited love) in which to shine, though my favorites were the comic combos – a barbershop ode to washboard abs, Padilla and Walsh whining about the worst dates they ever had, or Williams and Warner despairing at the deficit of suitable straight men.

A few bits, like a twee lullaby with a trio of mothers-to-be, come across as overly precious, but the bulk are quite charming. The cycle’s best moments come during the full-cast opener and finale; when this entire ensemble joins their beautiful voices, the blend is something you’ll want to hear more than just once.

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