One last aspect of the rule of three (before I can move on and do a post about sex already!) is that often times characters in stories come in 3’s. This can be bears, mice, stooges, pigs, fates, fairies, angels, goats gruff, sisters, wizard kids, tenors, kings etc. The idea being that and trios are inherently funnier, cooler or more sexy (in the case of the goats gruff).
It is also possible to have a trio of divas. I know what your thinking, aren’t those crazy divas meant to just to stand ahead of the pack a screlt out powerful solos? Well it turns out that over the years Broadway thinkers and makers have gotten smarter and smarter about combining the powerful known types of Diva into super molecules of fabulous. These creations keep getting more and more complex. The brief history can be summed up in my good friend Robert Coverdell’s Theory of Diva Evolution:
In the beginning, shows had only one Diva (this was before the technology existed to have sassy women share stages). This is the Ethel Merman type. She would blare out a brassy number and kick and swear if someone even mentioned the spotlight leaving her. Gypsy is a great example of a show that is constructed around one major diva character. Streisand characters often play for all the marbles as well.
The second stage of the Evolution is a Divas dueting. I’m talking about heart stopping numbers in pieces like Sideshow, Chess and Wicked.
And then lastly, in accordance with the rule of 3: shows with 3 Divas. Big mentions here being Witches of Eastwick, Dreamgirls, and recently, 9 to 5. Now, these are fantastic shows. 9 to 5 is my jam, BUT will we let the rule of 3 stop us there?! I know it seems impossible but there must be a way to break this barrier and bring well-constructed 4 Diva shows into existence.
I should pause here to give mention to Ira Gasman and Cy Colema’s The Life. This romp featured a half-dozen slutacular women of the night screaming proudly. It was a wonder, but far too unstable to replicate.
SO I sat down with research partner Robert and we tasked ourselves with breaking the rule of three and reaching for just one viable show that can support the 4 Diva compound. After about 30 laborious minutes we have done it. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: The Musical.
Just think of it! four chicks, different things going on, different personalities, a well balanced cast provided by Ms. Ann Brashares. Robert and I are going to start working on the score pretty soon now, but we are already accepting applications from interested Divas who want to be part of history (Sutton Foster, you can have the weird character, or the one that goes to Greece!). I even have some of the lyrics coming along:Our love won’t unravel, ’cause our pants travel! we’re a good good good Sisterhood!
well… There’s some more R&D to happen here. But I’ll keep you posted. 🙂