VIDEO: Tony Spinosa & James Bearhart Discuss Why SINGING REVOLUTION Is A Musical Perfect For Our Times
'Singing Revolution' written by Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart, is a musical that focuses on star-crossed lovers against the very real history of the 40-year occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union. The writers believe the timing to tell this story couldn't be more perfect.
" I was inspired to write this story when I visited Estonia as a tourist in 2014", says Tony Spinosa, creator and co-writer. "A nation singing their way to freedom was inspiring, but I had no idea how my home, the United States, would begin to emulate what Estonians went through under occupation."
'There are many parallels between that history and what's currently happening in the states' - James Bearhart, co-writer. 'The Soviets attempted to gaslight and divide the Estonians in order to destroy their culture, but the Estonians rallied and through peaceful resistance and song, reclaimed their freedom.'
'Singing Revolution' is a Europop musical in which modern day star-crossed lovers are involved in the Estonian Revolution to gain re-independence from the Soviet Union. Inspired by real life events on the quaint streets of Tallinn, Estonia, locals struggle for their freedom and the preservation of Estonian culture. The situation becomes complicated when an Estonian falls in love with the Russian Soviet Commander's daughter.
Tony Spinosa is a producer fascinated by stories that entertain and delight audiences. His Broadway debut was Peter Pan at the Marriott Marquis Theatre. He served as Resident Director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles, Broadway producing credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Bombshell in Concert at the Minskoff, [title of show] in Concert at the Broadhurst, and They're Playing Our Song in Concert at the Music Box.
Originally from Ireland, James Bearhart is a first-generation US immigrant, and is an actor, director and playwright. James most recently performed in a gender-swapped production of Hamlet at The Tank Theater, Manhattan. A first-time musical book writer, his experience in storytelling comes from years working in the design industry. He has a Master of Design from Central Saint Martins in London, and a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA.
The initial demo recordings are available now to give everyone a glimpse of what's to come with various reading events and public concerts coming up in Fall 2019.