A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring Music composed by Diane El-Shafey, accompaniment by Carma Jones and a book adaptation by Meredith Bean McMath. RIGHTS AVAILABLE SUMMER 2021.
This critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL has every charming - and frightening - feature of Dickens' "little ghost story”, and rich music that deepens the characters and story line and keeps the audience on its toes. The music combines original pieces and some traditional 19th c. music. Why is it so well received? This adaptation adds depth to partly-told stories in the original: Scrooge's normal change from warm to cold-hearted is underscored here by his singing a silly romantic song to his love, Belle, at the Fezziwig Party, and later pulling away from her as she sings "Belle's Song", a lament for the man she's lost to greed. And all this is played out as old Ebeneezer stands over the party with the Ghost of Christmas Past. Similar work include the Scavenger Song, "Old Scratch", which underscores how London - from drunks to Bobbies - saw Scrooge. These and many more keep the audience wanting more.
Music by Diane El-Shafey, Accompaniment by Carma Jones and Book Adaptation by Meredith Bean McMath
"A Musical Little Women offers holiday charm... It brings people together around an inspiring communal endeavor that spreads good cheer all over town." - Mark Dewey, Shenandoah Press
Classic: 5 Women 5 Men 9 Young Women 3 Young Men 2 Girls 1 Boy
Music: 2 Pianos
Running Time: 90 minutes
A musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved book LITTLE WOMEN featuring Music composed by Diane El-Shafey, accompaniment by Carma Jones and book adaptation by Meredith Bean McMath RIGHTS AVAILABLE SUMMER 2021.
The Musical opens with a bang! Taken directly from May Alcott's novel, Jo March begins by having her sisters act out one of her dramatic tales, and in our musical adaptation, the story turns into a grand opening number as the characters of Jo's vivid imagination tumble on to the stage: a captive princess watches the fateful sword fight between a good prince and an evil Lord, Magical fairies turn a wolf back into a handsome prince, a ballerina is released from the wicked Witch by a magical queen and more... The goal of A Musical LITTLE WOMEN is take Louisa May Alcott's story and make it as vivid as our own imaginations and let each song enhance the emotions and changes each character experiences. MORE INFORMATION / RIGHTS AVAILABLE JUNE 2021.
ROMANCE from Broadway to Lincoln Center
Romantic Musical Comedy:
NON-SINGERS: 2 Women 1 Man
SINGERS: 3 Women 3 Men
Running Time: 90 minutes
Book by Meredith Bean McMath with Royalty-free Music pulled by McMath from Mugler, Kern, Bizet, Herbert, Mozart, Meyer, Leslie and Ray, Gounod, Whiting, Kahm and Egan, Verdi, Lewis and Young and more
AUGUST 1966 — Two music experts, their agent, and a group of unforgettable Broadway and Opera songs create a night of pure entertainment. Opera Expert Nelson Eddington and Broadway Music Expert Jeanette McAvoy share marriage and a love of music... but not much else at the moment. The couple has been hired to present an evening of romantic songs - from Broadway to Opera - as a tribute to the soon-to-be-open Metropolitan Opera House, but the details get lost in translation as their harried agent works to keep the peace! MORE INFORMATION / RIGHTS AVAILABLE SPRING 2021.
NORTON tells the true story of Union Solder Oliver Wilcox Norton and the men and women on both sides of America's most costly conflict who with music that beautifully underscores the words. The libretto, written by prize-winning playwright and award-winning historian Meredith Bean McMath, is based on extant Confederate and Union Civil War letters and documents surrounding Norton’s own detailed letters home. Camp life and the march, Sharpshooters and skirmishes, the moments just before a battle and the battle itself - all to provide an overview of the true reasons and nature of the Civil War. Most rare: the fact that Norton was the first Bugler to play Taps and was, to date, the only known soldier to have written a detailed description of his discussion with a slave woman in which he asked what life was like for her in Loudoun County, Virginia. The opera received critical acclaim.
FOR THE ABOLITIONIST CAUSE: The Caldwells of New England
Historic Entertainment: NON SINGERS: 4 Women, 4 Men SINGERS: 2 Women Music: 19th Century Musicians - Violin, flute, Cello, mandolin Running Time: 40 minutes Script by Meredith Bean McMath with 19th century music (Go Down Moses, Oh, No, John and The Abolitionist Hymn) and 19th century Dance Music (The Spanish Waltz and The Roger de Coverly).
Singing Instructor Josiah Caldwell, his wife are well-known abolitionists and assist with the Underground Railroad that runs through New England up into Canada. In 1855, they need more funds, and so they and their niece have decided to put on a fundraiser: an evening of 19th c. dance, parlor games and entertainment. They've invited a few close friends and favored singing students to entertain the public. And two very special guests, a mother and daughter who made it up to New England to begin a new life as freed women, will present their story and a song. MORE INFORMATION / RIGHTS AVAILABLE FALL 2020