“Once on this Island”

 

Commission painting for the American singer, songwriter, actress and model Syesha Mercado. She was second runner-up (“the last lady standing”) on the seventh season of American Idol.
She was also part of the Broadway Show called “Once on this Island”.
Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, set in the FrenchAntilles in the Caribbean Sea. The show also includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story. The story concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.

The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and the West End production opened in 1994, where it won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Close-up of Commision Piece.

 

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