Naples and New York star in Telly top video

Naples and New York star in Telly top video

Most projects begin defined by dollar amounts and bar charts. Glory Crampton‘s triple Telly award-winning video, “The 9 Project,” was defined by her audience.

They were actors, choristers, stagehands, costumers, musicians and set designers of New York whose jobs evaporated, droplets caught in the pandemic vapor.

Crampton calls Naples home in her off-time. But her career has been largely spent with those professionals as an off-Broadway and regional theater actress. They needed support, and Crampton, a fellow singer and actor, offered it with the talents she knew. That love was returned in an amazing way, with three of the screen media’s highest honors for its brief homage to “Nine.” 

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Project 9, director, writer and producer Glory Crampton poses for a portrait, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Sails Restaurant in Naples.

With lyrics that course from despair to acceptance to hope, “Nine” is a musical with a brighter-tomorrow aura. Crampton has starred in two productions of it. She even knows Maury Yeston, its composer, who gave her approval to use it for the video. 

“Thinking about all those songs, I felt they directly related to what we were going through with COVID,” she said. The lyrics of its central character, a film director in midlife crisis, “matched exactly the way we were feeling in New York — definitely the Broadway community and people in general — questioning where we were and what was going to happen.”

It grew from two minutes to 15

“The 9 Project” began with a more modest target: A long-distance reunion among a cast that bonded in a 2011 Westchester Broadway Theatre production of “Nine.” Crampton had starred in it, and thought an audio mix of the two-minute overture with her friends’ voices would lift everyone’s spirits during the long months of a darkened Broadway.  

She called on a Naples colleague, Jeremy Franklin Goodman, to help.

Jeremy Franklin Goodman poses for a portrait, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Sails Restaurant in Naples.

Goodman is a 2007 Community School of Naples graduate and NYU graduate who writes, conducts and performs on a broad playing field. He’s written arrangements for The Cleveland Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic and the Southwest Florida Symphony and wow-power pieces for music competitions. This month, he’s pianist for The Naples Players’ production of “The Wedding Singer.” After that, he’s on the road fine-tuning the popular Naples show duo, Compton & Bennett.

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