Beyond the Dressing Room - Demo Recordings NYC

Demo Recordings in NYC - 1st week of April 2019!

Please consider contributing to making this dream a reality.

We're headed to NYC in the first week of April to record the first 4 numbers of Beyond the Dressing Room with our actors - Bianca Leigh, Rebecca Root and the inimitable Austin Pendleton.

Beyond the Dressing Room - a Musical in One Act

A story of identity, complexity, barbarity…and love.

Book - Marlo Bernier
Lyrics - Steffi Rubin
Music - Sheldon Gartner

Log Line
Struggling against the confines of the Dressing Room, a Cabaret performer and her accompanist are forced to remember painful details of a shared past, where the norms of gender and sexuality continue to conspire against their decades-long love.

It’s early evening Berlin, circa 1990. Headliner Ursula Stahl is backstage, “at the hour,” preparing for her Cabaret. Tonight, a select audience has been invited behind the scenes to observe, and Ursula accommodates their curiosity and addresses their desire to see it “all come together.”

Ursula’s accompanist, Klaus Kurtzmann, uses the occasion to lead the singer into recollections of a past she’d just as soon forget, a past that began in a pub one Autumn night, in Weimar, 1939. There, Ursula, then a 16-year-old named Werner, sang the iconic Lilli Marlene as Klaus played piano. The rendition was breathtaking and the connection between the two was felt by everyone in the room.

The song became a kiss and the kiss started a fire that would overcome them both. But Ursula could no longer live as Werner, and Klaus, a gay man, couldn’t imagine being with a woman. A tango of denial and frustration takes the pair through the horrors of Buchenwald, into the puzzle of a Miniature Circus in Wiesbaden, then on to Berlin, where a wall would rise to divide not only East from West, but separate the ill-fated lovers as well.

Unable to be together, yet unable to remain apart, a dangerous border crossing from Leipzig to the West in the winter of 1989, throws Klaus and Ursula back into the Dressing Room where they stir the coals of their decades-long desire with the regret, sadness and biting sarcasm that accompanies their love. Petra, Ursula’s Dresser, inhabits a host of characters that reenact the couple’s gnawing history, as she marks time until places. Once the hour is spent and the story told, can the curtain finally rise on the truth?

Auf der Bühne Theatricals

The demos will be included in our submission package to prospective Broadway and Off-Broadway Producers - in hopes that one or more of them will consider putting BTDR in one of their upcoming seasons.

We've got a lot to cover as far as expenses go in a very short amount of time - so we're only running the funding campaign for 21 days - and to reach our goal of 7,000.- we'll need to raise 333.33 per day - or we can break it down in other ways as well -

1) 100 contributors @ $70.- ea
2) 200 contributors @ $35.- ea
3) 300 contributors @ $17.50 - ea

***you get the picture - not that it's nothing, the 7k - but we believe it's well doable within the next 21 days.

What do you get for your contribution?

1)  $33.- At the Hour - the opening number, - Bianca Leigh as Ursula

2)  $66.- Once a Kiss - the love song to end all love songs, - Austin Pendleton as Klaus and Bianca Leigh as Ursula (and At the Hour)

3)  $99.- World Class Miniature Zirkus - the number that will take you back under the Big Top, that's so big, it's small - Rebecca Root as Petra/Roget (and At the Hour and Once a Kiss)

4)  $199.- I Should Have Left You in Leipzig - well, you'll just have to trust me when I tell you; it kills - Bianca Leigh/Ursula and Austin Pendleton/Klaus ***(and At the Hour, Once a Kiss and World Class Miniature Zirkus)

5) $299.-***All 4 Songs and the Sheet Music (to the 4 songs we're recording in NYC)

6) $399.-***All 4 Songs, Sheet Music, and a signed copy of the script

7) $499.-***All 4 Songs, Sheet Music, a signed copy of the Script, and a signed copy of the poster (12x18)

*******if you have more money to throw at the development of BTDR, then we really should talk - "I wanna be a Producer...!"

*****All songs will be available to those who qualify by a private link, allowing you to download those songs to your device(s).

*******Thank Yous (reward gifts) have been revised as of 11:43 pm 02/23/2019 (comps to Opening Night have been removed, as (even though we whole-heartedly we #BELIEVE that "Beyond the Dressing Room" will have its Opening, I couldn't put it out there as we've no date(s) - however, concerning all other rewards/thank yous, those will be available shortly after we wrap our week in Manhattan and of those, you can be assured. - Merci, Marlo & Co.

Please click the link below to learn more about this one of a kind (yeah, I said it) piece of theatre.

Marlo Bernier
Beyond the Dressing Room

***Updates forthcoming!


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