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THE TCHAIKOVSKY LETTERS

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                             a play


               by Norman L. Berman                    

Thirty-eight-year-old Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky is driven to become Russia’s first international composer but he is moving into middle-age and gossip around Moscow is that he is a notorious homosexual.  He needs a wife.  As if by fate, two women come into his life: Nadezdha Von Meck, a fabulously wealthy dowager and Antonina Milyukova, an assertive, unbalanced seamstress.  Von Meck befriends Tchaikovsky through a series of elaborately written letters.  She eventually offers to pay his all his expenses on one condition - they never meet.  Antonina, also sends him extravagant love letters letting him know that she is a virgin and that she has saved herself just for him.  Tchaikovsky takes advantage of Antonina’s naiveite and inexperience and marries her.  The marriage is a fiasco.  Tchaikovsky flees Russia fearing more gossip but Antonina is not as naive as he thinks and threatens to expose Tchaikovsky.  It is at this time, through his friendship with Von Meck, he comes to grips with his homosexuality and realizes his true nature. 

Paul Jennings & The Burning Of the White House

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               an original musical

Paul Jennings, the 15-year-old  house slave to President and Mrs. Madison, discovers his true heroism, strength and purpose, living through one of the most momentous event in the nation’s history -   the burning of the White House.


Book by Colin Speer Crowley

     and Norman L. Berman

 Music by Norman L. Berman

Lyrics by Colin Speer Crowley



Demo Recordings



Soloist:  Olly Sholotan

Ensemble:  David Lee, Tonoccus McClain, Fredericka Meek

Maiya Sykes


THE HOUSE WE BUILD HERE

Ensemble:  Alvin Chea, Shabnam Kalbasi,

Olly Sholotan, Lisa Vroman


INFERNO!

Soloist:  Keith ColClough

Ensemble:  Joshua Finkel, Gordon Goodman, Dink O'Neal,  

Tonoccus McClain


I LOOK BEHIND ME

Soloist:  Luc Kleiner


HERE I IS

Soloists:  Alvin Chea and Tonoccus McClain

   


Book by Colin Speer Crowley

     and Norman L. Berman

 Music by Norman L. Berman

Lyrics by Colin Speer Crowley



Demo Recordings



Soloist:  Olly Sholotan

Ensemble:  David Lee, Tonoccus McClain, Fredericka Meek

Maiya Sykes


THE HOUSE WE BUILD HERE

Ensemble:  Alvin Chea, Shabnam Kalbasi,

Olly Sholotan, Lisa Vroman


INFERNO!

Soloist:  Keith ColClough

Ensemble:  Joshua Finkel, Gordon Goodman, Dink O'Neal,  

Tonoccus McClain


I LOOK BEHIND ME

Soloist:  Luc Kleiner


HERE I IS

Soloists:  Alvin Chea and Tonoccus McClain

   


CORKED!

 a shipboard musical



 Book by Noelle Donfeld and Norman L. Berman
Music by Norman L. Berman

Lyrics by Noelle Donfeld


The incredible (if dubious) story of how a tiny island nation 
creates a titanic crisis between five friends and lovers
while threatening the existence of the Champagne industry



Demo Recordings:


MOVING
Soloists: Amick Byram, Kim Huber, Justine Huxley,

 Christopher Maikish and Sean Smith


CELEBRATE

  Soloists: Amick Byram, Kim Huber, Justine Huxley, 

Christopher Maikish and Sean Smith

 




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