Music & Lyrics: Dani Tapper
Book by Dani Tapper and Philip Brown
Brilliant embodies the range of emotions a family experiences as they realize that their beloved son is atypical. Told through the eyes of the mother, the family includes her husband, a father unsure how to help his son, and a daughter on a path toward independence. More than anything, Brilliant shines light on the relationship between mother and father as they expose their struggle to raise their child. By the end, both parents learn that the only way they can truly support their son is to support one another. You don’t miss the heart felt moments shared in Brilliant.
I watched last night’s performance from the back, I enjoyed seeing the audience react as much as I was drawn into the story. I hope many others get a chance to see this Musical — a personal, creative gift to our tribe — the imperfect, struggling parents, with a gift from God that we don’t fully understand or even know how to unwrap, our brilliant kids. The emotional beats of this work are extraordinary. Our stories of struggle and the constant quest for answers and connection to our families are the star of the show. The actors and musicians were fantastic, but the writing and story telling are foundational, supporting a structure of family angst, love, foibles and grit.
Frank R. Kennedy III