Welcome to Hicklam ...
where love is always center stage.
Now introducing the Center Stage Love Story Series! Set against the backdrop of scenic Hicklam, NY, this collection of stories takes place at The Edison Theater. While The Edison (and the town of Hicklam) are fictional, The Edison was inspired by the real-life Mac-Hadyn Theatre in Chatham, NY. If you are a fan of musical theatre, community theatre, and small business, please consider making a donation to the Mac-Hadyn's Bright Future Fund to help the curtain rise in 2021!
2020 BookLife Prize
Moving to Hicklam is the last thing Gloria Benedetti wants to do, but it's her final hope at having a normal life. After spending almost a decade as a near recluse and virtually paralyzed by crippling panic attacks, an alternative therapy might be her only shot at regaining her life after trauma. Trauma that forced her to give up everything, including a promising career on the stage.
Staying in Hicklam is the last thing Grayson Keene planned on doing, but The Edison Theater has been in his family for generations, and he can't let it sink on his watch. Unfortunately, things with The Edison have gone from bad to worse, and Grayson needs all the help he can get to save the old girl. He needs one successful season to make things work, and then maybe, just maybe, he can get his life—and his Broadway career—back.
As Gloria's on the verge of the health and healing she's been working toward, the one thing that will save The Edison may just break her once and for all. If she protects herself, it'll cost Grayson everything. This may be the one chance that's too big to take.
Once upon a time, I used to be famous. Then semi-famous. Now I'm obscure, mostly because I'm trying to stay out of the limelight, while trying to keep one of Hollywood's biggest secrets. And I'm sort of miserable. But with three weeks in the Big Apple, child free, maybe I can figure out what exactly I'm doing with my post-Sassy Cat life. I know what I want, but I don't know how to get it.
Once upon a time, I wanted to be on stage. Now I'm content to control things from behind the curtain. I'll do anything to make The Edison successful, as long as it doesn't break my one cardinal rule: don't date an actress.
But this isn't a real date. I'm here to convince this washed-up pop star to headline one of our shows this summer. Except she doesn't seem that washed up, and it certainly feels like a real date. Especially when she sings to me.
So let's make this night a fling. A one-time thing. I'm never even going to see her again. But now thanks to a meddling reporter, The Edison needs her.
But I need her too.
This is either going to be the perfect match or an epic disaster. Either way, the show must go on!