Bankable musical productions do not materialize out of thin air, and require years of tweaks and adjustments. Just ask U2, Phil Collins, and Paul Simon, who all flubbed miserably with Broadway song-and-dance showcases they created.
I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell was a step ahead of its competitors, in that regard. When it arrived in 2016, it drew audiences and applause, thanks to the wide expanse of Mitchell’s catalogue. With actors playing characters borne from the songs, the tribute — created in Victoria specifically for The Belfry by composer Tobin Stokes and director Michael Shamata — eschews convention by using only Mitchell’s music and lyrics in which to tell the story. More information here