Adam Gwon: I’ll Be Here

Written by Colton Pometta

Stage Director

In category: Song of the Day

Published August 9, 2018

Earlier this week, I expressed my love for a repeated lyric that evolves throughout a song and takes on new meanings. One of my favorite examples of this is “I’ll Be Here” from Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days.

I’m currently working on a Spanish adaptation of Ordinary Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina and previously directed the show in Paris. This song always pulls people in and brings them to tears- no matter what continent you’re on! Before knowing anything about the show, I saw Audra McDonald perform “I’ll Be Here” in a concert. I’ll never forget how powerful it was watching her get to the heart-wrenching climax of this story song, while maintaining a sense of hope in her eyes. This could have easily been written as a doom and gloom number, but Adam Gwon captures the resilience of a New Yorker with these lyrics.

“I’ll Be Here” from Ordinary Days
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

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Colton Pometta is a stage director based in Manhattan. He is currently directing the first Spanish adaptation of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international directing credits include premieres of musicals in Paris and Edinburgh. In NYC, he has directed/choreographed productions, concerts and workshops at Cherry Lane, Second Stage Uptown, Primary Stages ESPA, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub and The Triad. Also a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG and The Dramatists Guild, he has performed as an opening solo act for Carol Channing, acted in regional productions, written librettos for musicals, self-produced national tours of musicals for young audiences, and adapts musicals from French to English. Regionally, his work has been seen at Rep Theater Saint Louis, Sierra Rep, Maples Rep, Townsend Opera, and Surflight Theater.  Colton has studied at RADA and is an alumnus of Circle in the Square, Interlochen, and Directors Lab West.


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