HAVANA blends the sounds and rhythms of a mystical pre-Castro Cuba with a fable about family and the price one pays to keep it whole and safe. “An old man sits on a dusty street corner staring at a dilapidated building. He plucks at the strings of an ancient guitar, the sting of memory vibrating the air with each chord. His name is Antonio. And while the Great Storm of Fidel may have long settled, it’s impact lives in every molecule of air he raggedly breathes...” Havana tells the story of Antonio Garcia, his family and the terrible night”. The night of the irreversible incident at their supper club, Las Siete Perlas. An incident, that though monumental at the time, was lost in memory a year later as "The Great Storm", La Revolución, descended from the mountains and changed Cuba forever.
The show begins amidst a scene of carefree worry and dancing at the effervescent club. Maria Elena enters and all action freezes. She is the spirit of Antonio’s deceased wife and she will be our guide to what really happened at the club that night and every event that led up to it. She stares at us and says, knowingly...almost mischievously... “Remember everything you’ve seen tonight. For what you’ve just witnessed is what time can do to moments as years drag on. Memory alters reality into a painting of our own creation. Stolen glances and quiet murmurings become soaring ballads dripping in romanticism. And our mistakes are swept into the corners so that we are no longer forced to face them. Carefully remember everything you’ve just seen...because none of it is true.”
Antonio Garcia, the patriarch and owner of Las Siete Perlas, fights to keep the club open despite two sons who are beginning to look beyond. His eldest, Rafael longs to leave Cuba for America and his dream of a career writing music. Antonio’s youngest, Chacho, though loyal to the club, begins to learn of the Rebels and the storm brewing in the mountains, and wonders if rebellion isn’t the best way to restore integrity to his country. With Latin romanticism and through the prism of what some call “magical realism”, we travel in time, before and after the incident, to uncover the lives of the people who would be forever affected by this night. And the river of fate that carried them there.
YOUR LIE IN APRIL
(SHIGATSU WA KIMI NO USO)
A new musical about the artistic & spiritual collaboration between a teenage, piano prodigy & a gifted violinist. Based on a very successful Japanese Manga tv series, this musical is now in development in Tokyo, Japan. Kōsei is a teenage piano prodigy and a loner. After the death of his mother two years prior, he suffered an emotional breakdown that has left him unable to hear his own playing. When he meets Kaori - a gifted violinist and free spirit - he develops feelings for her as she challenges him to start playing again and abandon the strict, almost mathematical approach to music-making drilled into him by his mother for a sense of creativity, passion and expression. Even though Kaori states that she has feelings for another boy, she pursues her friendship with Kosei and forces him to confront his past by making him accompany her at a recital - but Kaori has her own secret and might be running out of time...
BEFORE I'M TWELVE
A raw, honest, powerful new ensemble pop/rock musical exploring the roller-coaster ride of emotions that child actors go through as they chase their dreams of performing on Broadway. Hundreds of kids line up for each audition. For some, their dreams come true. They triumph, landing roles that allow them to perform, doing what they love on the world's most celebrated stages, signing autographs for adoring fans, and soaking up the applause. For others, chasing their dreams comes with huge sacrifices. Others, despite being immensely talented, never end up getting their shot. They're always too tall, too short, too brunette, too blonde, too young, too old, never quite right. With each successive role that they fail to land, their young hearts break a little more. But, no matter what challenges each member of the ensemble may encounter along the way, they'll all be forever changed by the journey. Following the model pioneered by A CHORUS LINE, BEFORE I'M 12 will be initially developed through a series of group and 1-on-1 interview sessions with young Broadway performers. This November and December, we'll be gathering a group of approximately 30 young professional kids and working with them to delve into their experiences, gathering stories of what it's like to be a working young actor in today's Broadway. From there, we will be taking those stories and shaping them into a brand new, exciting, powerful musical.
DREAM is a contemporary musical based on the William Shakespeare play, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Developed several years ago in Texas this wonderful jazz/hip-hop/rock piece is being brought back to life, with an update that moves it into today’s contemporary world of music. DREAM was originally developed under the name “FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE…” with Book / Music / Lyrics by Randolph Tallman & Steve Mackenroth. This updated version will have additional Music & Lyrics by Jim Abbott.
MDN Productions (Sally Tycher & Steven Mackenroth) are Lead Producers. JLP (Jeff Lee) is Executive Producer.
SONG OF BERNADETTE
Based on the book by Franz Werfel, this show aspires to be an intimate play with music, told in the grand musical tradition, and woven together with an original score by Frank Wildhorn. SONG OF BERNADETTE focuses on strong relationships and rich characters, blending classic musical theatre with Mr. Wildhorn’s signature pop/musical theatre sensibilities. This classic story explores the life and world of Bernadette, living in the 1800’s provincial town of Lourdes, France. While collecting wood one day with her sister, an apparition appears to a young Bernadette, sparking a controversy that splits the village and ultimately the Catholic Church. Over the course of the story we discover the humanity behind Bernadette and how her unwavering faith births a miracle that gives her a voice she never knew she had.
INDIE Theatrical (Louis Hobson & Jake Groshong) are Lead Producers. JLP & ARUBA Productions are Executive Producers.
IN THE MAKING
A new Broadway musical about the making of a new Broadway musical told in the style of a reality-tv show. The entire creative process and behind the scenes secrets are captured on video and broadcast day-by-day on a simultaneous Webcast show. This tumultuous journey begins at the first rehearsal and ends the day after the show opens to some of the most unexpected reviews ever written.
Written by Terry Berliner.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
A two-character comedy/drama centering around actress Judith Macmillan who once charmed Rodgers and Hammerstein. Becoming something of a legend, Judith performed in the chorus of nearly every Rodgers & Hammerstein musical on Broadway, while Standing-By for all the best known Leading Ladies of the day. She then captivated her own audiences in summer theatres when finally starring as Anna Leonowens in “The King & I”, Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific”, and Marie Rainer in “the Sound of Music”. Now retired and widowed, and living in New Hope, PA., the 77 year-old Macmillan grants an interview to a young local reporter, Mark Landray. It is a snowy afternoon in December, but the blizzard outside is a minor squall compared to the interviews inside. Judith considers this interview her “last hurrah”, but little do they both know that this is the beginning of a journey which will dramatically change both their lives. “GETTING TO KNOW YOU” is a two character, one set play which utilizes incidental music and lyrics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical library.
Written by Thomas P. Carr. This new play will be directed by Olivier Award Winner, Simon Callow.
THE MICHAEL BENNETT STORY
This film is based on the life of Broadway Director/Choreographer & Legend, Michael Bennett as told by his brother, Frank DiFilia. This chronological bio-pic takes us on a rollercoaster ride of Michael's early childhood days in Buffalo, NY through his conquering of Broadway with shows such as A CHORUS LINE & DREAMGIRLS up until his untimely death from AIDS at the peak of his career.