The Confession Musical is based on the New York Times best-selling book series “The Heritage of Lancaster County,” written by Beverly Lewis. Her books have been made into movies in the past, now there is a musical! Check out my The Confession Musical Review & Giveaway below!
The Confession Musical Review & Giveaway
Two worlds collide when a young Amish girl discovers she was adopted by a wealthy Christian family. As she seeks her birth mother, she has to overcome the obstacles of a lost fiancée, a shunning and a crafty gold-digger who seeks the fortune of her birth mother.
The Confession Musical is based on the New York Times best-selling book series “The Heritage of Lancaster County,” written by Beverly Lewis and written for the stage by Emmy-Nominated screenwriter Martha Bolton. Katie Lapp, a young Amish girl, discovers her parents have been keeping a secret from her… she is adopted. Katie decides to seek her birth mother, defying the rules of her Amish village and risking a shunning.
Meanwhile, her wealthy birth mother, Laura Mayfield, battling an illness that might take her life, begins searching for her long-lost daughter to bequeath her inheritance before it is too late. Secretly plotting against her is the gold-digging husband Dylan (played by John Schneider), who is scheming to make sure he inherits her fortune. With the help and prayers of her Christian maidservant (played by Chonda Pierce), they try to foil Dylan’s plan and reunite Katie and Laura.
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The Confession Musical, filmed in front of a live audience, combines drama, mystery, faith, and spectacular songs and sets. A clean film the entire family can enjoy or perfect for a spectacular “girls’ night out!” The Confession weaves together mystery, intrigue, and romance together with Broadway-caliber music. It’s directed by Stephen Yake with Yake Films, produced by Dan Posthuma, and Glue Gate Musicals. Wally Nason’s songs are dramatic, and Emmy-nominated scribe Martha Bolton sprinkles in comedy as the screen is filled with over 20 actors and dancers, supported by spectacular visuals.
The Confession Musical Review & Giveaway
I really enjoyed watching The Confession Musical! The story line is great, of course. John Schneider is great, as usual in his other films that I have seen. Chonda Pierce is excellent in her roll as Laura’s housekeeper. Funny, as per her norm, and an awesome job singing.
The Confession Musical Favorite Scenes
The barn raising featured singing, dancing, and music made with brooms, washboards, and hammers. Very catchy and entertaining!
During the shunning of Katie, the lights, music, and group with their backs to Katie, were very dramatic. You can really feel the heartbreak between Katie and her parents.
After the shunning, we see Katie’s birth mother talking about how much she wants to find her daughter, and Katie making a call to find her birth mother. After, there is a scene with Katie, her adopted mother, and her birth mother, all singing a song, even though they are in different places. The adopted mother starts the song, singing about how much she misses her daughter. Katie’s birth mother joins next, singing about how much she wants to see her daughter. The way they shot them singing, and then super imposing their faces together on the screen, it looks like they are singing together. Then Katie comes to the stage and sings about both her mothers. And all 3 sing together. This scene is very well done, very emotional.
Another of my favorite scenes is when the birth mother, Laura, is talking with the “fake” daughter Katie, hired by her greedy husband to trick her and keep all her money when she dies.. She tells her about her best friend that loves unconditionally. Laure falls asleep, then the fake Katie starts singing about this friend, then picks up Laura’s Bible and starts reading. Afterward she has a change of heart, calls Laura’s husband who hired her, and tells him she quits!
It’s very emotional, of course, when Laura finally finds out who the real Katie is, and Katie finally gets to hug her mother.
Likewise, there are high emotions when Laura dies, and Katie discovers Daniel isn’t dead after all.
The Confession Musical Story Continued
Katie’s adopted parents are over joyed when their Bishop sets aside the shunning after finding out the circumstances of Katie’s adoption and subsequently searching for her birth mother. Her parents are able to be there when Katie marries Daniel.
Since this musical is based on a book, and a movie was previously made, I have not worried about giving away the story line. However this post is long, so I have only touched on what I considered to be some of the highlights.
The entire cast is excellent, the music and songs catchy, as well as heart warming. I highly recommend you go see The Confession Musical yourself!
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Disclosure: Many thanks to Blue Gate Musicals for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.