Water From The Moon is a rock musical following a Grammy Award winning rock star Wildberry from tech rehearsal to Hollywood Bowl concert. Water From The Moon is set in the unique format of an actual rock concert. Flashback memories of Wildberry’s life weave in and out of rehearsal and concert. She first observes these memories as an adult, and as the play progresses she is drawn in, becoming a younger version of herself. As the day unfolds Wildberry is confronted by a decision she must make: will she say goodbye and make peace with her dying father? It is a heartbreaking and absurdly humorous journey of reconciliation between a daughter and her hardheaded Irish American father.
During the tech rehearsal Daddy “appears” to her as a vision that only she sees.Charismatic, loving and deeply haunted; he is a man full of passion and complexity. He taunts Wildberry and jangles her confidence. In concert she sings “Oh Daddio” dedicating it to “the childhood I almost had”.
In Childhood, Daddy’s outbursts of rage are frightening and damaging to the family. Each family member has a different reaction to his behavior and we see how it has shaped their lives. Wildberry’s sister, Ivy sings “All I Wanted Was Sorry,” after one of his pivotal outbursts. It is in this moment that Ivy’s mental illness takes root.
Wildberry’s sisters are a big part of her journey both in childhood and as an adult. (There are younger and adult versions of each sister). They sing, “I Want To Go To Heaven” after catechism class, each battling her “sinful” nature of skinny dipping and stealing crayons. The songs, heartfelt and absurd, include: “If It Wasn’t For My Sisters,” “The Daddy Dance” and “The Bloody, Bloody Beat,” (where band members sing in white powder wigs.) The Wheel Of Bad Boyfriends and the song” You Still Think of Girls As Candy” exploreWildberry’s struggle to sustain a love relationship.
Near the end of the play, Wildberry wrestles with God about her plight in the song, “Why, Why, Why,” and finally visits Daddy in the hospital where they make their amends as is revealed in the song, “Let Me Be Your Mirror.” Liberated by forgiveness, Wildberry sings of the unusual gift of her fathers love in the closing euphoric number in concert, “Water From The Moon.”