Musicals

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(Music by Natalie Tenenbaum, Book and lyrics by Brett Boles)

Benjamin Button is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story entitled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  We took the concept of the story (a man who is born at 80 and grows younger with time) and made it our own.  Our story takes place in pre-WWII Georgia and extends into the early 2000's.  The show explores Benjamin's relationship with his father (Roger), his wife (Claire), and eventually his own son (James).  We hope audiences will be left with the message that it doesn't matter whether you live forwards or backwards - what matters are the choices you make and the people you choose to love.  Our last staged reading was a huge success (sold out!) and we are currently working on moving the show forward…ultimately to Broadway! 


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(Music and lyrics by Brett Boles, Book by Brett Boles and Stephen Nachamie)

Foreverman is the musical that is perhaps closest to my heart.  I wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and recently brought on my good friend and brilliant director Stephen Nachamie as co-bookwriter.  Foreverman tells the story of two friends who accidentally manufacture an elixir of immortality.  They drink, become immortal, and then subsequently fall in love with the same woman.  The story spans centuries, from 1675-1850 and eventually up to the "present" time.  Most recently, Foreverman enjoyed an extended sold-out run at NYMF, where it picked up two awards.  An early demo recording also exists.  Tony Nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway, Les Miserables National Tour, West Side Story International Tour) sang the role of Will, Alan H. Green (Sister Act) sang the role of Jack, and Janine DiVita (Grease Broadway, Anything Goes, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Young Frankenstein National Tour) sang the role of Fiona.  Other voices on the demo are Karen Elliott (Les Miserables Broadway, Sister Act National Tour) and Lisa Birnbaum.  You can hear clips from the demo on the Audio page.


The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count was a project I began in high school and completed at Ithaca.  It is an adaptation of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas of the same title.  In April of 2007, Ithaca College performed this show as the final production of their mainstage season.  It was the first time in the history of the college that a student work of this nature had been given full production treatment and a slot in the mainstage season!  Jeremy Jordan (Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Bonnie and Clyde) played the title role.  You can listen to clips on the Audio page, and view more publicity photos on the Photos page.  


Village Rites
(Book and Lyrics by Bill C. Davis, Music by Brett Boles)

Village Rites (formerly Austin's Bridge) is a project I started in high school with Bill C. Davis (Mass Appeal, Avow).  It is the story of a young man who stages his suicide after stealing money from his father and gets a job working at a place called River Meadow Country Village, for the developmentally disabled.  He intends to hide there, working as a housefather, but instead, the "citizens" of the village teach him how to love, and he is ultimately transformed by them.  Austin's Bridge has had a long and transformative life, with several readings and workshops, some of which include: Sharon Playhouse, Ground Up Productions, Firehouse Theatre Project (Richmond, VA), and Ithaca College (Jeremy Jordan playing the title role).  Another series of readings and workshops were held at Brooklyn College.



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