Think a diverse Romeo and Juliet with a positive ending meets Phantom of the Opera.The King and Princess of long warring nations enter into an arranged marriage to end the long standing conflict. As they learn about each other, they begin to fall in love. All those around them on both sides oppose their union at every turn. As the conflict deepens, the truce falls apart and both sides revolt to maintain the old philosophy or to fight for change.
Two rounds of development with Create Theater and New Musicals Inc.
Two Zoom readings through Create Theater.
Lady of the Rose – A Musical Odyssey
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An orphaned Boy, fleeing Roman carnage asks Wizard: “Who am I?” Wizard invokes his crystal ball transporting the Boy on a fantastical ‘DREAM-journey’ through time—starting with Cosmic Creation. “Darkness” is foiled, brought to Light, as Lady of the Rose & Wizard lead Boy to his beautiful awakening. Story Theme: “Lady of The Rose––a Musical Odyssey”, is an exploration of the Light and Dark side of humanity—ultimately, it is about the discovery and acknowledgement of the beauty & sanctity of Life.
This musical traces the life of the famous scientist from her childhood in occupied Warsaw, where she exhibits immense talent and curiosity at an early age, to Paris, where she conducts her breathtaking research resulting in two Nobel Prizes. At every step she has to overcome formidable obstacles in the form of gender bias, xenophobia, and personal tragedy. The musical ends in dramatic fashion on a WWI battlefield, where Marie makes the most important discovery of all. This musical is both gripping and inspiring. It’s the true story of a woman’s triumph in a man’s world. While audiences of all ages are attracted to Madame Curie, it is especially appropriate for school-age girls.
David Kurkowski is an award-winning writer-composer living in Philadelphia. In addition to Madame Curie, for which he wrote both the book and the score, he has composed the scores for Sewing the Dream (book by Judith Estrine), Oh Dear, Camille (book by Rhonda Lageyre), and Collodi: The Man Behind Pinocchio.
Madame Curie has had four staged readings (two live and two virtual) and has been seen by over 500 people.
First-place winner of the Jackie White Memorial National Playwriting Contest, 2020.
List of Plays/Musicals/Books
Madame Curie, book and the score
Sewing the Dream (book by Judith Estrine)
Oh Dear, Camille (book by Rhonda Lageyre)
Collodi: The Man Behind Pinocchio (book by Nino Pratticò)
The Golden Cage – A Fantasy Musical by Deborah Henson-Conant
“The Golden Cage” is a fantasy musical about a Bird-man named Boris – half-bird, half-man who’s spent his whole life on a quest to find the mythical “Golden Cage,” the ultimate symbol of Birdman security. He finally finds it, high on a granite cliff in the middle of nowhere, and it’s everything he’s ever dreamt of – except for one thing: There’s a woman trapped inside it. She says the cage is made of cement and iron and she’s a prisoner. After that: Illusion, murder, desire and transformation – as they discover the secret that turns the cage into a trap – and the only way you can escape. “The Golden Cage” is a single set show, 75 minutes long, 1-3 piece orchestra.
Book, Lyrics & Music by Deborah Henson-Conant
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TEDx talk: https://youtu.be/EOtEkRtk5IA