ABOUT SONG OF SOLOMON


Song of Solomon
 is a thrilling new musical—an epic love story. In ancient Israel, King David’s bloody wars are coming to an end, and the road is treacherous and uncertain for Israel’s future.

To avoid another war, Solomon is forced to marry foreign princesses. But one Israeli vineyard girl intoxicates the King’s heart, threatening his entire nation. She suddenly and mysteriously disappears. Song of Solomon is the King’s quest to find Almah while he struggles for peace, redemption, and humanity.

Click below for a complete track by track synopsis

Synopsis by Track:

Song of Solomon – The play opens in Solomon’s court, where he is judging which of two prostitutes is the true mother of a baby girl named Maya. One woman, Dina, screams that the other, Leah, crushed her own baby in her sleep and stole the living baby as a replacement. Leah hurls the same accusation at Dina! Solomon devises a clever trick that proves Leah is the real mother, but his eye is all the while drawn to a gorgeous young vineyard girl named Almah, who is Leah’s sister.

In between, Solomon and Almah meet ever so briefly after the court case . . . and feel a sudden visceral attraction.

Rose of Sharon – Almah, a poor orphan who lost her parents in the war, returns with Leah to their hometown of Shulam, where Almah works all day in a vineyard. Amidst the fruit of the vines, she fantasizes about Solomon.

Benjamin scolds Solomon for his distraction and urges him to marry for politics—marry as many foreign princesses as possible!—and scorn romantic distractions, like Almah.

Falling With You – Solomon and Almah meet secretly at night. Pulled together by passion, they find themselves torn apart by circumstance.

Back in Shulam, the rich young Ruben lurks around Almah with romantic intent at his annual sacrifice. But Almah gets away and begins writing a dreamy letter to Solomon . . . with Leah’s help.

Solid Rock – Solomon is still in Jerusalem, and almost in a trance, he describes a mysterious dream he had to Benjamin. That dream inspires them to finally begin building the great Temple.

Stand Up Israel – Solomon and Benjamin rally the builders and architects for the seven-year project of building the Temple. But the querulous priests are hard to convince.

Solomon receives Almah’s first letter and is smitten. He longs to be with her, regardless of what Benjamin says. He writes her back immediately.

Light of the Moon – Almah, still in Shulam, receives Solomon’s letter. As she reads, she hears his enchanting voice inside her mind. Two weeks of passionate penmanship transpire between the curious lovers, culminating in Solomon’s decision: “I will marry no other but you.”

In Shulam, however, Ruben is not done. He solicits Almah’s affection once again, while accompanied by his lowlife cronies. She refuses him, and they grow angry, assaulting her and hurling false accusations of being a prostitute and adulteress.

Bring in the Stones – Ruben, not content with words, pushes his false accusation against Almah on all of Shulam, whipping a violent crowd of townsfolk into a frantic desire to stone her to death. Stones begin to fly, but passing builders arrive at the crucial moment . . .

Having narrowly escaped death with the help of the disguised prophet Nathan, Almah’s fate now lies in the hands of Solomon’s court, where Ruben also stands trial. Not long after witnesses testify, Solomon traps Ruben’s cronies with another of his clever tricks. He catches them in a contradiction and throws them and Ruben in prison for bearing false witness. At the end of Act I, Ruben and Benjamin join forces, having a common interest in making Almah disappear.

Dance of the Temple – Seven years have passed at this start of Act II. The magnificent Temple rises high, and ecstatic masses burst into song and dance over Solomon’s mighty success. But Solomon laments the loss of Almah, who disappeared suddenly seven years ago, shortly after they were reunited.

Solomon, who thinks Almah has died, discovers through a strange story from Leah that she might still be alive . . . and that Benjamin betrayed him to get rid of her! Pulled by passion and driven by rage, he sets out to find his love once more.

Palace Encounters – Benjamin now knows Solomon knows of his deceit and betrayal, so he desperately seeks advice from Ruben in the palace prison, where Ruben has been locked away these seven years. Ruben proposes a perfect solution that frightens Benjamin.

Alone – Almah has been imprisoned in the desert town of Qumran this whole time, where Benjamin had her sent after kidnapping her. At night Almah alternates between hope and despair, always dreaming of Solomon standing with her under the moonlight.

With Solomon away looking for Almah, his new foreign wives turn his court upside down with idols, wine, and orgy. Solomon, meanwhile, knows none of this. After weeks in the desert searching, he finally reaches Almah in Qumran . . . Shaking, they can barely breathe at the sight of each other, and all the hurt and memories return and release as they embrace once again. After they flee the danger of Qumran, they travel together to Shulam, where they plan for Almah to hide out with Leah while Solomon removes the traitors from his court in Jerusalem. Ruben, newly free, shows up in Shulam and poisons the well in front of Leah’s house. Unknowingly, Leah and Almah both drink—and Ruben in a fit of sudden remorse drinks too, for Leah reminds him of his own mother, who died when he was a child. Meanwhile, Nathan enters Solomon’s court in Jerusalem and, in rage, smashes the idols he finds there, terrifying Solomon’s drunken and confused foreign wives and local courtiers.

Final Confrontation – Solomon reaches his ruined court in astonishment, seeing the empty wine skins and smashed idols strewn all over. He rails at Benjamin about his lies, betrayal, and Benjamin batters Solomon’s romantic foolishness. They were once best friends, but as the drama culminates, Solomon aggressively edges Benjamin closer and closer to a ledge, Benjamin slips, free-falling onto broken shards of smashed idols.

Finale – Benjamin dies in front of his best friend, but not before telling Solomon that Ruben poisoned Almah and that she would soon be dead too. Solomon, in despair, has lost his Kingdom and his love, and positions himself to fall on his own sword. Just then Almah, weak and falling with poison in her veins, makes it back to Solomon’s court with one hope driving her: the life of Maya, Leah’s now orphaned daughter, who has grown into a beautiful seven-year-old girl. Solomon turns from his sword and holds Almah as she fades away into darkness. He is left with a young girl to raise in wisdom and a pen with which to write his Song of Solomon.

CREATIVE TEAM

Andrew Beall

Andrew Beall

Composer

Hailed by New York Classical Review as “spectacularly virtuosic”, international soloist and composer, ANDREW BEALL’s works have been performed around the world.

BIO

Hailed by New York Classical Review as “spectacularly virtuosic”, international soloist and composer, ANDREW BEALL’s works have been performed around the world. His concerto, Affirmation, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall and recently recorded by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Beall has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Miserables, Spiderman, In The Heights, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, orchestras such as the American Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and is the drummer for eclectic rock quartet, Cordis, and Broadway dance company, American Dance Machine. Mr. Beall has released three solo albums on BMP Records: Deliverance and Glass Jungle, and Concerti. Beall’s musical, Song of Solomon, recently finished a sold-out run at the Thespis New York Festival and will release a Concept Album starring Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo on Broadway Records in January. Mr. Beall was recently commissioned by The Telling Company to write his second musical.

andrewbeall.com

Photo by: Jeff Roffman

Neil Van Leeuwen

Neil Van Leeuwen

Lyrics

Neil Van Leeuwen is a philosopher, lyricist, and musician. He received his PhD in philosophy in 2007 from Stanford University, where he also studied creative writing.

BIO

Neil Van Leeuwen is a philosopher, lyricist, and musician. He received his PhD in philosophy in 2007 from Stanford University, where he also studied creative writing. Just out of school, he began his first major lyrical project, the libretto of a new opera called Oxford Companions for Stanford composer Giancarlo Aquilanti. Oxford Companions is set in Oxford University in 1960 and is the love story of a young man, whose father fought in the resistance in World War II, and a young woman, whose father was a Nazi. Song of Solomon, written with composer Andrew Beall, is Van Leeuwen’s second major lyrical project. Van Leeuwen’s lyrical and story writing is heavily influenced by his training in classical languages and literature at University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Oxford University (M.St., Christ Church). At Oxford, he wrote his thesis on Aristotle’s Poetics. Van Leeuwen’s musical background is primarily in percussion and piano. His experience as a percussionist has been critical in developing the rhythmic sensitivities he applies in writing lyrics. In addition to his lyrical writing, Van Leeuwen has published extensively in philosophy. Some essays include “Imagination is where the Action is” (Journal of Philosophy), “Self-Deception Won’t Make You Happy” (Social Theory and Practice), “The Motivational Role of Belief” (Philosophical Papers), and “Finite Rational Self-Deceivers” (Philosophical Studies). He is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled Imagination, Belief, and Religious Credence, under contract with Harvard University Press.

CONCEPT ALBUM CAST

Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo

Solomon

Broadway: Anastasia (Gleb), Les Miserables (Valjean – Tony-nominee), Phantom 25th Anniversary (Phantom)

BIO

Broadway: Anastasia (Gleb), Les Miserables (Valjean – Tony-nominee), Phantom 25th Anniversary (Phantom),
Love Never Dies (originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s sequel

In the world of theatrical performers, Ramin Karimloo is known as one of the most formidable talents in the industry. Heralded for his portrayal of leading roles Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Karimloo is a musical force unlike any other. In fact, it was his unbridaled reputation that led to his performance in the recent Oscar tribute to Les Misérables.
raminkarimloo.com

Alison Luff

Alison Luff

Almah

Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba), Les Miserables (Fantine), Ghost (Molly), Matilda (Miss Honey)

BIO

Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba), Les Miserables (Fantine), Ghost (Molly), Matilda (Miss Honey)

Alison is a promising actress from Houston. She moved to New York at 19 years old to pursue acting and soon after she joined the Theatre Aspen’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won an Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olive Ostrovsky. From Aspen she joined the national tour of Mamma Mia!. She debuted on Broadway as Molly Jensen in Ghost: The Musical and then played Peggy Rae Wharton in Scandalous!. Alison then took the role of Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked from 2013 to 2014. After that, she came back to Aspen to play Jo in the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women The Musical. Back to Broadway, Alison played Miss Honey in Matilda and Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miseràbles.

Hayden Tee

Hayden Tee

Nathan

Broadway: Les Miserables (Javert)

Alex Gemignani

Alex Gemignani

Ruben

Credits: Chicago: Hamilton (currently playing King George), Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Les Miserables, Chicago

Alessandra Baldacchino

Alessandra Baldacchino

Maya

Broadway: First National Tour: Fun Home (Small Alison)

Casey Manning

Casey Manning

Benjamin

Song of Solomon Original Cast (Benjamin)

Jessica Foster

Jessica Foster

Leah

Song of Solomon Original Cast (Leah)

Ensemble

Evan McCormack, Richie Abanes, Jason Forbach, Adam Bashian, Adam Monley, Preston Yates, Desi Oakley, Erin Clemons, Jessica Foster, Nicole Renee Chapman, Siri Howard, Melissa Mitchell

Orchestra

Music Director, Conductor – James Lowe
Piano – Paul Masse
Keyboard, Piano – Eugene Gwozdz
Harp – Kathryn Andrews
Nylon and Steel String Acoustic Guitars – Tom Monkell
Concertmaster – Artie Dibble
Violin – Roy Lewis
Viola – Orlando Wells
Cello – Diana Golden
Double Bass, Electric Bass – Steven Moran
Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bamboo Flute – Karen Bogardus
Oboe, English Horn – Keve Wilson
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Oboe, English Horn – Chris Reza
French Horn – Aleks Ozoliņš and Eric Davis
Trumpet, Shofar, Flugelhorn – Chris Scanlon
Bass Trombone, Tuba – Jen Hinkle
Drums, Percussion – Joshua Samuels
Percussion – Mariana Ramirez
Middle-Eastern Hand Percussion – John Hadfield
Timpani – Jeremy Levine
Marimba – Andrew Beall

CONCEPT ALBUM – CREATIVE TEAM

Jim Lowe

Jim Lowe

Musical Director

Jim Lowe a Grammy Award nominee for his work on the Anything Goes cast album released on Ghostlight Records, which he conducted and co-produced.

BIO

Jim Lowe a Grammy Award nominee for his work on the Anything Goes cast album released on Ghostlight Records, which he conducted and co-produced. Jim has directed and/or conducted Camelot (Glimmerglass Festival), Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men (Utah Opera), Stewart Wallace’s Hopper’s Wife (New York City Opera), Catan’s Il Postino (Opera Saratoga), Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Pittsburgh Opera Center), Sweeney Todd (Wolf Trap Opera, Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera), Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Lyric Opera Cleveland), Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Academy Award-winning Rachel Portman´s The Little Prince, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair (Houston Grand Opera) as well as the HGO Studio production of Copland’s The Tender Land among many other operas and musicals.

Michael Croiter

Michael Croiter

Producer and Editor

Michael is the owner of Yellow Sound Lab, a recording facility in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Yellow Sound Lab currently serves as the musical home of …

BIO

Michael is the owner of Yellow Sound Lab, a recording facility in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Yellow Sound Lab currently serves as the musical home of Sesame Street on PBS, on which Michael plays drums and percussion, and is the music mixing engineer (8 Emmy Awards). Other YSL clients include: PBS’s The New Electric Company (Emmy Award), Disney’s Johnny and The Sprites (Emmy Nomination), ABC’s One Life To Live (Emmy for Song Of The Year), AMC, HBO, MTV Movie Awards, Macy’s and NBC. He owns the record company, Yellow Sound Label, for which he has produced albums for such artists as Chita Rivera, Alan Cumming, Jose Llana, Telly Leung and cast recordings of Matilda (Grammy Nomination), Big Fish, First Date, The Visit and many moreMichael is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the American Federation of Musicians.
yellowsoundlabel.com

Matthias Winter

Matthias Winter

Mixer and Editor

Born and raised in the southern part of Germany, Matthias grew up playing instruments (Violin, Piano, and later on Drums) for at least two to three hours every day.

BIO

Born and raised in the southern part of Germany, Matthias grew up playing instruments (Violin, Piano, and later on Drums) for at least two to three hours every day. It was at the age of 16 that his interests rapidly shifted to the rather technical side of music, when he got hold of an old Atari 520ST Computer with Notator, Cubase 2.0, and a keyboard with sound modules. Ever since, his main focus was music production, which eventually lead to a point where it was obvious that learning about sound engineering was necessary in order to keep moving forward. After finishing an Audio Engineer Diploma course at the SAE Institute in Frankfurt, Matthias had learned his first lesson in sound engineerng – it can’t be learned from books! He was lucky enough to get an internship at RGM-Studios, a major facility in Frankfurt, where he was made studio assistant after the first month. The following 9 months he spent between 70 and 100 hours there weekly, taking in every single bit of knowledge given, assisting Raul Geisle and Chris Heil. In April 2006, Matthias moved to New York, where he found out that his 2nd cousin, Mike Croiter, was in the process of building the Yellow Sound Lab. Mike was looking for an Engineer, Matthias was looking for a studio so it was meant to be. The first job was a big one – a TV Show for the Disney channel, which was a great success. Since then Matthias had the opportunity to work with some of the finest musicians New York has to offer.

winter-music.com

CONCEPT ALBUM – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jstar

Jstar

Executive Producer

Founder of Atlanta’s Basement Theatre — one of the top improv theaters in the Southeast.

Jstar is also a performer and teacher.

Visit his critically acclaimed club in Atlanta:  Basement Theater

thebasementtheatre.com

CONCEPT ALBUM – CO-PRODUCERS AND BACKERS

Carol Ostrow

Carol Ostrow

Co-Producer

CAROL OSTROW is an accomplished theatrical producer. Just recently, Carol was on the producing team for the 2014 revival of the award winning comedy Forbidden Broadway.She is also very proud of having produced the Anti-Defamation League’s production of the ADL and Broadway: Side by Side Against Hate For 100 Years. She also produced the wonderful, award winning production of a brand new musical, Song of Solomon,in concert form for the historic Actors’ Temple as well as Berlin to Broadway-Transatlantic starring the international singing sensation Adrienne Haan. Prior to that, she produced Jewish-American Princesses of Comedy at the Parker Playhouse in …

BIO

CAROL OSTROW is an accomplished theatrical producer. Just recently, Carol was on the producing team for the 2014 revival of the award winning comedy Forbidden Broadway.She is also very proud of having produced the Anti-Defamation League’s production of the ADL and Broadway: Side by Side Against Hate For 100 Years. She also produced the wonderful, award winning production of a brand new musical, Song of Solomon,in concert form for the historic Actors’ Temple as well as Berlin to Broadway-Transatlantic starring the international singing sensation Adrienne Haan. Prior to that, she produced Jewish-American Princesses of Comedy at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Carol’s other production credits include I Am Anne Frank starring Andrea Marcovicci at Town Hall, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill at the Triad Theatre, and Scent of the Roses starring Julie Harris at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. In addition to that, she was the creator and producer of Hot Klezmer at the American Jewish Theatre and was one of the producers of After Play, written by and starring Anne Meara, (winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for best new playwright), as well as the musicals Inside Out, Greetings starring Gregg Edelman, and A Room Of One’s Own starring Eileen Atkins, (winner of the Obie Award for best actress, Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortell awards for Best Play). She, along with her partner Arthur Cantor produced Beau Jest in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston. Carol’s newest venture is producing films, such as Torte Bluma,winner of four major festival awards in 2006. She also runs a group sales organization, providing tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as teaching presentation training to those who wish to learn how to speak publicly.

In addition to being a producer, actress, dancer, and choreographer, Carol is a dedicated volunteer. She has served on the boards and has raised funds for the League of Professional Women in Theatre, The Barrow Group, The Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts, and Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Israel. Carol has also served as the Chairperson of the Women’s Division of WIZO children’s fashion show fundraisers for eight years. She was also honored to serve as Vice Chair of the Board for the Women’s Theatre Project and is currently heading the committee to renovate The Actor’s Temple in New York City.

Alan Mahler‎ & Michelle Perlman Mahler

Alan Mahler‎ & Michelle Perlman Mahler

Co-Producers

Alan and Michelle Mahler: Alan Mahler has been working in the …

BIO

Alan and Michelle Mahler: Alan Mahler has been working in the information technology field for over thirty years, and his wife Michelle Mahler has been a nurse for over thirty years. Both Alan and Michelle Mahler are supporters of R. Evolucion Latina. Credits in theatre, R. Evolucion Latina’s Bountiful A Teacher’s Journey, London, UK, New London Theatre, Show Boat. Thanks to Andrew Beall for giving Michelle and I the honor and privilege to be part of Song of Solomon.

..

Shari Pessah

Shari Pessah

Co-Producer

Shari Pessah is a producer and general manager …

BIO

Shari Pessah is a producer and general manager of Song of Solomon: A New Musical.

C. B. Davies

C. B. Davies

Co-Producer

C.B. Davies has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and …

BIO

C.B. Davies has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Counter-terrorism and is currently moving towards a Master’s degree in Education. He has acted in musical theater and theater since HMS Pinafore (Encore) in 2011-2012 where he met his lovely wife, Dena. He also appeared in West Side Story as a Jet. He then traveled to New York and studied musical theater and acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Terry Schreiber Studios, and Michael Howard Studios in its one year conservatory program. On his return to Israel in 2015 he immediately jumped into the English theater scene again. He played Hans Schmidt in Remember My Name (J-Town Playhouse), Henry in Next To Normal (J-Town Playhouse) and then Hanschen in Spring Awakening (Starcatcher). He also was the production manager for the new play The Ghosts of Mizrachi Bet Street by Zev Golan from the summer of 2015 through January 2016. He was recently in The Producers (Israel Musicals) and is now in rehearsals for Singin’ in the Rain in Jerusalem.
While he was in New York he met composer, Andrew Beall and lyricist Neil Van Leeuwan, and has been involved with their original musical Song of Solomon since then. He was a production assistant for the show when it was in the Thespis Theater Festival in New York where it was nominated for Best Musical. This Summer he co-produced and had some creative input for the Concept Album of Song of Solomon.
He is so grateful to be a part of this amazing team and looks forward to the journey ahead.

Victoria Medina

Victoria Medina

Co-Producer

Victoria Medina is a producer, author, playwright and ,,,

BIO

Victoria is a producer, author, playwright and photographer. She is delighted to have joined the Song of Solomon team in the role of co-producer, having been associated with the project for quite some time.  Victoria also currently produces two web series.  The first is Image Power – how to take control of your photographic image, where Victoria takes her years of experience as a photographer and guides people to being comfortable in front of the camera.  The second is One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, which was inspired by Victoria’s book of the same name which was a best-seller in the Art & Photography category on Amazon and has a mission to inspire a positive conversation about America.  It features original poetry, prose and photographic art from her NY photo exhibit American Spirit, which can also be viewed at her online gallery.  Images from the exhibit were also featured in a recent stage production of the award-winning show, Zuccotti Park – The Musical.  Victoria Medina is a graduate of CTI – The Commercial Theater Institute, and is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film (LA), SAG-AFTRA and the Articulate Theater Company.

victoriamedina.com

Backers

We’d like to thank our generous Backers

who brought tears, euphoria, and triumph – in that order – during the campaign:

Bev Gillespie, Mitchell Sparks, Katie Christiansen, Peter Himber, Peilin Chou, JStar, Keith Edwards, C.B. Davies, Martin Pollack, Thomas Gillespie, Dirk Van Leeuwen, Erica Lucia, Larry Klabunde, Diana Golden, Phyllis Kaye, Keith Bonner, Elisa Pierini, Molly Calhoun, Frank Epstein, Peter Saleh, Teela Banker, Albert Wesley Crawford, Jr., Thien Kim, Scott Beall, Brad Margolis, Susan Boyd, Eric Hollenbeck, David Azzolina, Robert Lazo, Anna Armstrong, Christian Parkin, Tyler Forrest, Charles Beall, Judy Purtell, Howard Joines, Dirk van Leeuwen, Alexander Auritt, Judith Leveto, Monika Robbins, Victoria Slocum, Kim Johnson, Fredericka Cuenca, Fern Kershon, Amanda Lee, Ricardo Alvarado, Diane Marshall, Steven Beall, Gene Manchand, Jon Camiel, Peter J. Downing, Leonardo Rubio, Dmitry Gorin, Andrew Roth, Paul Hinz, Robyn McElree, Markus Potter, Evangeline A Jaggard, Marie Mohr Difilippantonio, Gary Difilippantonio, Goldie Gross, Fareeha, Jason Hembrey, Connie Cadieux, David Don Miller, Sean Barna, Cheryl Claypoole, Blaine Pfeifer, Sandra Klihr-Beall, Alan Mahler, She-e Wu, David Davies, Ellen Davies, Jessie Linden, Rey Soriano, Judy Roth, Lorraine Helvick, Ximena Rubio, Oliver Roth, Rob Blaney, Michael Bump, Jared Judge, Patrick Marran, Nicole Renée Chapman, Calum Macleod, Andrea Martiny, Paloma Guerrero, Cheryl Robertd, Paula Romonoyske Norman, Judy Heom, Della Meyers, Tony Paterniti, E.B. Weiss, Shannon White, Peter Hirschhorn, Bianca Bennett, Momoko Kamiya, Scott Herring, Lesa Holstine, Raul Agraz, Tim Fitzsimons, Yochi Briskman, Franco Moschetti, Vicki Starkey, Jousset, Christine T Schultz, Jungnitsch, Sara, Gayle Waxenberg, Michael Sgouros, Rob DelGaudio, Akiko Murata, Larry Spivack, Gabby Weiss, Jeffrey Samuels, Jerry Fischgrund, Amanda Jason, Rochelin Dalangin, Jane Barnes, Rikako Kamata, Stanley E McCormack, Jessica, Lori Wilson, Keni Fine, Jeremy Harman, Susan Hassall, Valentina Tosi, Peter Cruz, Terri and Steve Vernon, Jason Choi, Matthew O’Brien, Dmitry Koltunov, Brandon Hurley, Doug Wright, Carol Ostrow, Susan and Stephen Banker, Jeff McCormack, Tom Stubbs, Marjie Brown, Julianne Smith, Brad Zumwalt, Steven Behnke, Lynne Marie Rutherford, Karen Rosen MacDonald, Carmen Correia, Anonymous, Rebecca Blackburn, Chantal Chapoteau, Kevin Hinz, Lisa Marie Gargione, Qi Ding, Ralph Sorrentino, Peter Kunkler, Debra Karner, Doug and Mary Lange, Victoria Medina, Richard Grimes

The creative team would especially like to thank Fieldstead & Company for their generous ongoing financial support throughout the development of Song of Solomon.

SONG OF SOLOMON: A NEW MUSICAL TEAM

Victoria Medina

Victoria Medina

Producer

Victoria is a producer, author, playwright and photographer. She is delighted to 

BIO

Victoria Medina is a producer, author, playwright and photographer. She is delighted to have joined the Song of Solomon team in the role of producer, having been associated with the project for quite some time.  Victoria also currently produces two web series.  The first is Image Power – how to take control of your photographic image, where Victoria takes her years of experience as a photographer and guides people to being comfortable in front of the camera.  The second is One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, which was inspired by Victoria’s book of the same name which was a best-seller in the Art & Photography category on Amazon and has a mission to inspire a positive conversation about America.  It features original poetry, prose and photographic art from her NY photo exhibit American Spirit, which can also be viewed at her online gallery.  Images from the exhibit were also featured in a recent stage production of the award-winning show, Zuccotti Park – The Musical.  Victoria Medina is a graduate of CTI – The Commercial Theater Institute, and is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film (LA), SAG-AFTRA and the Articulate Theater Company.

victoriamedina.com

Shari Pessah

Shari Pessah

Producer / GM

Shari Pessah is a producer and general manager of Song of Solomon: ,,,

BIO

Shari Pessah is a producer and general manager of Song of Solomon: A New Musical.

Peter J. Downing

Peter J. Downing

Producer / Events

As Producer and Creative Director, Peter has developed, directed …

BIO

As Producer and Creative Director, Peter has developed, directed and produced numerous projects and special events for a broad range of clients. He was a Senior Show Director for Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, Florida, and some of his notable project partners include the ABC TV Network, the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Joshua Samuels

Joshua Samuels

Manager

Joshua Mark Samuels graduated from USC School of Cinema Television …

BIO

Joshua Mark Samuels graduated from USC School of Cinema Television in 2005. After graduating, his love for theater and film guided him into working at Abrams Artist Agency. After moving to New York, Josh began playing Broadway shows, and toured nationally. Currently he subs at “Aladdin” and “Jersey Boys,” and plays drums/percussion at Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular and Summer Spectacular. Josh is thrilled to be working on such an incredible project with such an incredible team!
joshuamarksamuels.com

Fern Kershon

Fern Kershon

Marketing Consultant

Fern Kershon is the principal of Call Back, a media company with a dual ,,,

BIO

FERN KERSHON is the principal of Call Back, a media company with a dual focus: marketing and advertising as well as film and theater production, representing Fern’s passions and experience.

An experienced media strategist specializing in start-ups and emerging businesses, Fern has a proven track record of launching and supporting successful initiatives. She’s a seasoned negotiator with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of media buying, planning and selling, providing 360-degree knowledge to her clients, assuring best rates, positioning and impact of overall media spend. She has access to an exhaustive and influential network of U.S. media brands and executives, which support proprietary rate opportunities in leading magazines, a large database of available, out-of-home inventory, unique internet buying resources as well as comprehensive TV, radio and newspaper buying affiliations.

In theater, Fern worked as Associate Producer on the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET (1998) and produced HEART OF THE CITY (2009) featuring Obie Award winner Marcia Jean Kurtz, and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.  Currently, Fern is co-producer of ONE FUNNY MOTHER, a hilarious one-woman show about motherhood starring comedian Dena Blizzard. Fern is also currently developing a new off-Broadway musical called FALLING IN LOVE WITH MR. DELLAMORT.  Fern is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute.

In her first film project, Fern recently Executive Produced PHOTO OP, a short film by writer/director Dave Solomon. Photo Op is currently making the rounds of the short-film circuit and was shown at Outfest, Palm Springs Film Fest, Soho Film Festival and more.
http://fernkershon.com

C.B. Davies

C.B. Davies

Writer / Blog Creator

C.B. Davies has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Counter-terrorism and …

BIO

C.B. Davies has a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Counter-terrorism and is currently moving towards a Master’s degree in Education. He has acted in musical theater and theater since HMS Pinafore (Encore) in 2011-2012 where he met his lovely wife, Dena. He also appeared in West Side Story as a Jet. He then traveled to New York and studied musical theater and acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Terry Schreiber Studios, and Michael Howard Studios in its one year conservatory program. On his return to Israel in 2015 he immediately jumped into the English theater scene again. He played Hans Schmidt in Remember My Name (J-Town Playhouse), Henry in Next To Normal (J-Town Playhouse) and then Hanschen in Spring Awakening (Starcatcher). He also was the production manager for the new play The Ghosts of Mizrachi Bet Street by Zev Golan from the summer of 2015 through January 2016. He was recently in The Producers (Israel Musicals) and is now in rehearsals for Singin’ in the Rain in Jerusalem.
While he was in New York he met composer, Andrew Beall and lyricist Neil Van Leeuwan, and has been involved with their original musical Song of Solomon since then. He was a production assistant for the show when it was in the Thespis Theater Festival in New York where it was nominated for Best Musical. This Summer he co-produced and had some creative input for the Concept Album of Song of Solomon.
He is so grateful to be a part of this amazing team and looks forward to the journey ahead.

Charlie Willis

Charlie Willis

Writer / Newsletter

Charlie Willis is the newsletter creator for Song of Solomon and Bachovich Music …

BIO

Charlie Willis is the newsletter creator for Song of Solomon and Bachovich Music Productions and has been involved with Song of Solomon since the beginning. Charlie is a music teacher for over 25 years and has taught in school systems from North Carolina to Florida to New York City. He currently resides in Newark, NJ just outside of Manhattan where he takes care of his wife, Kelly, and his step-daughter, Alysha. Kelly and Charlie has many pets including a 16 year old cat named Skip whom Charlie has had since birth. Charlie also has 2 daughters, Katrina and Cindy, that are music teachers in Florida and Texas. He also has a son, Joey that works as a mechanic in Florida and a step-son, Jonathan, that is also a mechanic in Florida. Charlie is also a proud Dallas Cowboys fan and has been since 1972.
Charlie has helped Andrew with many suggestions during the creation of Song of Solomon as well as working as the Vocal Director for many productions including the Thespis festival in 2014 when Song of Solomon was a finalist. Charlie has played violin for 40 years and has sang in many theatrical productions in Florida and New York. Charlie has also served as the director for many productions and is really excited about the potential that Song of Solomon has. He has perfect pitch which helps when he is directing singers, and he has a great personality that makes performers enjoy working under his baton. Charlie has also directed any ensembles during his teaching career including a first in Florida when he took his middle school full symphonic orchestra to state competition.
Charlie is also a composer and arranger and has written the theme song for Double Edge Productions. He has also composed award winning choral compositions for his competition show choir, Encore that was the number one jazz/show choir in Music Festivals USA competition for the state of Florida and for the South Eastern United States.

Andrea Martiny

Andrea Martiny

Writer / Social Media

Andrea Martiny holds a Ph.D in Byophysics and a Post Doc in Forensic Sciences.

BIO

Andrea Martiny holds a Ph.D in Byophysics and a Post Doc in Forensic Sciences. Ms. Martiny has published 14 scientific papers and one book chapter. She presently holds a position at the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, an agency from the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services in Brazil since 2007 and before that Ms. Martiny worked at the Military Institute of Engineering.
Andrea greatly admires Ramin Karimloo’s talent and is very excited to be working on Song of Solomon: A New Musical.  Ms. Martiny believes the music to be a beautiful work of art that the public will enjoy and come to love as much as she does.

Victoria Medina

Victoria Medina

Production Photographer

Victoria Medina is an accomplished commercial and celebrity photographer,  …

BIO

Victoria Medina is an accomplished commercial and celebrity photographer, specializing in entertainment industry events, red carpet, theatre and headshot photography. Her work can be viewed at Victoria Medina Photography.

Her adventurous spirit inspired her to travel and she has visited cities throughout Europe, the United States and Canada photographing individual and family portraits, music and dramatic performances, movie industry events, celebrities, landscapes, architecture, nature, and creating fine art prints. For Victoria it is all about capturing the spirit of the person, event, or business. Her many clients include the Hollywood Film Festival, New York Women In Film and Television, and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. She has also photographed several celebrities including Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta, Mary Louise Parker, Christine Baranski, and Bill & Hillary Clinton.

She has been the production photographer for Song of Solomon, providing important images of the live shows and studio recordings for the website, social media, album design, and digital/print marketing. Her fine art gallery work has also been exhibited in New York City and on-stage in the award-winning musical, Zuccotti Park – The Musical. You can view some of her work online at Victoria Medina Gallery.

Jorge Orpinela

Jorge Orpinela

Videography

Born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, Jorge Orpinela has always been passionate …

BIO

Born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, Jorge Orpinela has always been passionate about the arts and culture of his country and homeland. With more than 12 years of experience as a music videos director in the Regional Mexican genre, he has created promotional campaigns for Televisoras Grupo Pacifico’s four television stations in Mexico’s Northwest. Jorge also worked with record label Luz Récord for over seven years as an audiovisual director generating video clips, short news stories, photographs and more for its artists. In theatre, along with other actors, he founded the independent troupe La Cachimba where he directed two successful productions. One of these, named “La última pasión de Antonio Garbo,” was produced in Sinaloa with the scholarship La Beca del Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes (FOECA). In 2013 Jorge won first place in the state’s short film contest Jovenes en Corto Ficcionado with “Engarabintantingulizado,” in which he acted and also wrote, edited, produced and directed.

COMING SOON

Stay Tuned

for our upcoming concert

at the

Legendary

Feinstein's / 54B

Song of Solomon: A New Musical

Song of Solomon is a thrilling new musical—an epic love story.
In ancient Israel, David's bloody wars are coming to an end, and the road is treacherous and uncertain for Israel's future.

© 2017 Song of Solomon

FOLLOW US

Photography by:
Victoria Medina
Videography:
Jorge Orpinela