Liberty’s Secret: The 100% All-American Musical is a movie that brings to
mind all the memories from my childhood that made my middle of the road,
Midwestern upbringing so rich with its dependable sameness over
Memories of good ol’ fashioned bake sales, the smell of freshly bought apple
pie, sounds of Lawrence Welk’s Orchestra in the evening on TV and baseball
Sundays filled with the voice of Ernie Harwell keeping a steady drone in the average
and typical sun-filled family room that made my childhood so special.
Liberty’s Secret is a special movie. At first glance it’s a movie about family,
community, patriotism and two people who find love in small town America. It’s
also a movie with layers of nuanced sarcasm about the existing political world and
all the familiar, stereotypical circus acts that combine to create a political campaign
that will be bought, packaged and sold to a hungry America. Characters sing
together “Glee” style and there is a humorous Barbershop quartet number featuring
your everyday pundits that is funny and very pointed about said political process.
But what Liberty’s Secret also does is to present to the general public,
middle of America viewer the possibility of a unique love story, all-America style
or shall I say “New America Style”.
This Love, presented “New America Style” has the power to charm all.
Andy Kirshner’s movie projects all things good about America past and present.
Liberty’s Secret feeds the viewer a treat that they didn’t know they were
hungry for; a delicious dessert full of sweet and tangy apples, served with a
wholesome “Leave it to Beaver” firmness all set in a thin and crunchy, sarcastic
laugh at yourself graham cracker crust of pure tasty goodness.
What a world to hope for where all of our differences regarding family values
could be solved with a friendly neighborhood party featuring a little singing, a little
dancing and more than enough home made American apple pie to go around.
Photo Credit: Tripp Green