The road to Broadway.
The Song of Solomon: A Musical Romance
train continues to pick up steam on its way to Broadway and with each stop extraordinary talent and support hops aboard.
Just on the heels of their amazing and triumphant debut at the Thespis NY Festival creators Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen return to The Actor's Temple where Richard Rodgers, Sophie Tucker, Harpo Marx, and Shelley Winters, just to name a few of the great talent who once graced The Actor's Temple Stage.
The occasion, The Actor's Temple Annual Gala where Song of Solomon
will be performed by veteran Broadway Stars, Robert Cuccioli, original star of Jekyll & Hyde
, as SOLOMON, Melissa O'Neil, of Les Miserables
and Canadian Idol
, as ALMAH, Jesse Manocherian, of Parade
, as RUBEN on November 17, 2014.
Song of Solomon
is powerful love story about a young orphan girl in the time of Ancient Israel who captures the heart of King Solomon, with her beauty, intelligence and brutal honesty. King Solomon's wisdom is at the core of Solomon's being and he will no more deny the wisdom of his heart than deny the same wisdom that made him such a powerful and respected ruler. When his best friend learns that he is wrestling with choosing love over politic it unleashes conflicts and betrayals amongst his most trusted advisors and with Israel on the break of war the lives of millions, including Soloman and Almah his true love, hangs in the balance.
Andrew Baell the composer is a veteran Broadway musician who has performed in the great Broadway musical Les Miserables
, the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
and The Lion King
created a musical with fresh and traditional sounds which seamlessly incorporates classical, middle-eastern, Latin and traditional Broadway styles. In the tradition of great Broadway musicals only great talent can bring such a beautifully written piece to life and Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen continue to attract the most skillful artists to perform.
For the Thespis NY Festival, Evan McCormac (Solomon), Ann McCormack (Almah) not related, lead the cast with their talented performances and powerful vocals, brought both music and Neil Van Leeuwen's stunning poetry alive. Under the direction of Luis Salgado, who is no stranger to Broadway, recently appearing in Rocky it was no surprise when he won Best Director for directing Song of Solomon
as his direction transported his audience to a taste of what Song of Solomon
will one day realize on the Broadway stage.
In addition to creating a Broadway Musical with sounds not often heard on the Broadway stage, Andrew and Neil favor non-traditional casting as well. During the run at the Thespis NY Festival, the creators hired Luis Salgado as the director, and he in turn helped them find and choose the best performers with outstanding voices, all of them, including the supporting roles, from all different cultures to bring this story alive.
The story is universal and the use of universal casting may well attract an audience demographic Broadway has not yet fully tapped into. It will be important to see if future producers and directors learn from the early successes of this show. Only time will tell.
Until then, theater lovers may wish to hop aboard and be a part of the Song of Solomon
journey to Broadway.
to get a rare, early glimpse of this show they will be performing November 17 at the Actors' Temple annual benefit, produced by Carol Ostrow.
The Song of Solomon Scrolls
is available for those wishing to find out about upcoming events. You can subscribe via email at SOSnewMUSICAL@gmail.com.
It is a rare treat to see the development of a musical from its inception and here is an opportunity to be a part of Broadway history.