THE BIG BANK
Scene 1 – Brooklyn Branch of The Big Bank
“BROOKLYN BRANCH” (mp3 of the demo)
Four bankers rush to work to the beat of a frenetic drum. Once at their desks they all get on the phone, gesture aggressively, and cover the receiver when they say things that aren’t meant for their clients to hear.
At the last chord of the song, the boss of the bank suddenly appears as she screams at the top of her lungs, “Shut Up! Can’t you see I’m on the phone!?” She is talking with her contact, Chuck, at the Bigger Bank to see if he knows anything about the Archbishop of Jerusalem whose cathedral is set to be foreclosed on.
The Boss is desperate to be sent to The Holy Land to get the job done. She tells Chuck she’s going to keep at him until she gets the gig. Once off the phone, the boss calls for the daily status update of foreclosures. Mickey McMillon, the most ambitious of the bankers proudly lists off the items which his most recent repossession has brought in. The other bankers and the boss revel in the glory of conquest and fresh loot as they fight over who will get which expensive item.
When the boss asks Jordan Jacobs, the newest banker of the bunch, freshly graduated from his internship, if he’s successfully foreclosed any accounts yet, he sheepishly admits that he has not. Apparently, he has been a bit leniant with his clients. The Boss is unimpressed, to say the least. She attempts to educate Jacobs about The Big Bank’s business model.
Stuart Stevens, a banker who we quickly learn has lost his passion for repossession, comes into the office late and is duly reprimanded. The boss sends him out to foreclose on Clarence Underwood, a Marxist revolutionary environmentalist publisher and activist, and his preposterously precocious eleven-year-old daughter, Parsley.
Scene 2 – Headquarters of The Radical Marxist Ecology Quarterly Journal Review
Clarence and Parsley are preparing for a rally to save the last surviving spotted turkey-buzzard in the tri-state area which is precariously perched on top of the Whitestone Bridge.
“THE BRIDGE SONG” featuring Carly Rose Sonenclar
Stuart walks into the headquarters as the duo is running out the door to the rally. He tells them he is from The Big Bank and he is there to foreclose. Clarence and Parsley explain that the headquarters is also where they live. In a brief but touching exchange with Parsley, who quotes Emily Dickinson on the subject of hope, Stuart reveals that he majored in Poetry in college. Moved by their predicament, Stuart tells the duo that he may be able to get them a two week extension, but that’s all.
The rest of the show is coming soon…
But here are a few more songs:
This is the song Iris sings to Stuart about the Flower Shop when they meet. He is smitten, and can’t help but join in to sing his main theme of longing over her chorus… A beautiful moment. Instead of telling Iris that he’s from The Big Bank and has been sent to foreclose on her store, Stuart tells her he’s a poet and accountant and wants to help her save the store.
This is when Stuart and Iris fall in love while they go over the books to try to save the store from foreclosure. When there’s a break in the singing in the middle of the song… that’s when they’re kissing.
This is the song Iris sings when her flower store is foreclosed on and the flowers are taken away.
The boss sings life is a loan when she comes back from Jerusalem where she had a spiritual revelation.
This is when the bankers and Stuart end up at the zoo… you’ll see… and Stuart ends up quitting the bank during this song. But things have changed. This is the old demo from 16 years ago with The Seligmann Brothers singing.
This is the song Stuart sings when he finally quits the bank. There are some lyric changes to this one too but we haven’t recorded the new version yet. This is the old demo from 1995 with Jacob singing.