TOM'S CABIN - The Man Of Humanity

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   The story of slavery, is the history of inhumanity.
   The story of a slave, his story, is that of one man.

                TOM'S CABIN - The Man Of Humanity
                        a powerful musical drama

                                Based on the novel
                                Uncle Tom's Cabin
                         By Harriet Beecher Stowe

                     An original theatrical concept
                              Book, music and lyrics
                                 By Lorenzo Cherin

I know this project can change things for the better.
   It can do so in the world of musical theatre.  
                 It can do so in the world itself. 
                   It can do so in my own world.

After years of some real  struggle , I know this story and what Iam doing with it can make a difference. After some promising and exciting work ,and opportunities as performers ,with our own theatre company  we started ourselves,some years ago working together, my partner on and off the stage was then injured in a car accident , by a car that came onto the pavement where she was hit ,and this affected us both. I moved from performing ,and writing , to  teaching, utilising my drama background to help unemployed people  , with confidence building . This was fulfilling work, not what I set out to do, but something to help us as our situation had changed. But after some years,the work dried up, the credit crunch came , we lost our house and so a new chapter began.

My partner began, with disability issues, to paint, having made puppets in our regular performing days, she , found it a creative outlet she has got serious about. 

  I knew where I belonged and where I needed to be. Back in the world I know and love , and from that , again, in the world at large , able to make a difference.
I began writing again, this time with a commitment and a conviction ,that I knew and know ,what I am doing , is the right thing, as the years bring experience.

    My writing has brought me to this project. I have written the music and lyrics for a new musical for the theatre. This is both an original theatrical concept, and a faithful adaptation of the real Uncle Tom's Cabin. This is not the stereotype, created by racists, setting out to destroy the reputation of a progressive and innovative anti slavery campaigner , the extraordinary author ,Harriet Beecher Stowe.This is a realisation of her story as meant to be. It was only after years of melodramatic over the top , third rate, minstrel show like versions , that the word became an insult.  But this was not as it should have been. For Tom, the character, was nobody's "uncle ," but a truly heroic man, a Christ-like figure, in a remarkable novel as exciting as it is powerful. It has a message for humanity itself. The book has in our day now begun to be reclaimed as the important work it is.

And it can now become the musical that can best reveal it's meaning.

I have written the music and lyrics and am developing the script.I have pursued this with a sense of purpose and professionalism. I have gained the interest of a leading West End and Broadway director . People who are aware of what I am doing with this score, think it has the sort of potential Les Miserables had once , as the story is , like that one , a tale of heroism, with a power to touch hearts .

But my contacts are not the producers or backers needed to get this from the page to the stage. They are not the angels I need and this project needs.I have been advised to get it to the next level up.

I need to do many things with this. I need to create a website to promote it. Recordings of the songs for example  in the way of a concept album. Workshops with performers. Videos to share awareness of it. And continuing development, of the script ,and contacts to realise this , both in the UK , where I am, and in the US.

I have been offered the potential availability, eventually , of a West End theatre that specialises in the showcasing and workshops for new musicals.

I have done all this . But I cannot do much more without help. I have no money . I need your help.

An overdraft facility at my bank has meant a managed debt  during a period of such difficulty and yet creativity,  has made me unable to get credit at present. Please can you contribute to making this project and the work I know I am capable of and the contribution I want to make , happen...

                               When I'll Be Free                           
        Freedom,is to know somehow you know
        That you are free
        Freedom, is to go where you may go
        There at last free
        Wisdom,is to know  enough to know
        To become wise
        Wisdom,is to go  for you must go
        Or otherwise
        You will never, ever, know
        What it's like ,if you don't go
        To there ,where, you can just be 
         Wise, in time, because you're free
         With the freedom
          And the wisdom
          So to see !
          Wisdom; this I know, somehow I'll know
          When I'll be free !

                         The Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto
If goodness smothers you, well, cynicism's nothing new

                      So The Golden Rule
                      Makes you feel a fool
                      That old Golden Rule
                      Which we learnt at school

                      Do the world a favour
                      Put the fear to bed
                       Just give it a waver
                       Stand it on it's head

Do unto others as you would have them do unto
What  really bothers you is fear of what good change can do

                        And The Golden Rule
                        It's no April Fool
                       That means as a rule
                        We go back to school

                         Do not be a stranger 
                          Huddled up in bed
                          Soon we'll find, I'd wager
                          Fearfulness has fled 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto

 When I'll Be Free   and  The Golden Rule
  Two Songs From Tom's Cabin

       Lyrics By Lorenzo Cherin

           Copyright 2017

Any size donations are welcome, however small, with rewards for over £100 or equivalent.

The sum featured as a goal,is an  amount overall, or as a total ,for the different stages of the development of this, prior to a production. Any sum raised would allow for the earlier and initial elements of the preparation of this  musical.


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