ALBANY — An Irish musical will be getting back to its roots on Monday at the Palace Theatre.
“Find Your Way Home,” was co-written by Jimmy Kelly and Jeff Strange, two Albany natives who started working on the production years ago in Kelly’s kitchen.
Kelly, a former “Riverdance” cast member, songwriter and musician who plays around 200 shows each year, wasn’t sure what he was in for at first when Strange proposed the idea. But as soon as he heard Strange was working on an Irish musical, he was interested.
The paired worked together for several years, writing the music and the book of an Irish family going through financial struggles and meeting unexpected tragedies.
Late last year, Kelly and Strange debuted the musical in Ireland with Alexandria Sharpe, a former Celtic Woman singer, director Christine Scarry, and music director David Hayes, who has directed “The Voice Ireland,” and “Riverdance.”
Here, Kelly takes a few moments to talk with The Gazette about the journey of “Find Your Way Home” from kitchen table to Dublin to the Palace Theatre.
Question: Did you grow up right in Albany or outside of it?
Answer: I grew up in Albany. I went to CBA, then to Hudson Valley and then Saint Rose.
Q: What did you graduate with from Saint Rose?
A: Liberal arts. I started out as elementary education, but about a year in I started playing music professionally. It really kicked in .. . . [We] were doing over 200 gigs a year. I’d be playing around on guitar and got some solo gigs. I had my home band for a while. We’ve played Alive at Five, Troy Music Hall, things like that. Then I moved to…
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