UNLIKELY ALLIES - THE MUSICAL
THE TRUE STORY OF HOW A MERCHANT, A PLAYWRIGHT AND A SPY SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
UNLIKELY ALLIES is the incredible true story of how a shopkeeper from Connecticut, a French comic playwright, and a cross-dressing spy forged the alliance between France and the United States and saved America in the Revolutionary War.
It’s a wild tale of how the Revolutionary War was really won – full of espionage, sexual intrigue, and murder. And did we mention it’s a comedy?
We're excited to announce a public reading of the musical in New York City on November 30 and December 1, 2018. Featuring Richard Chamberlain, Sal Viviano, Valerie diLorenzo, Eric Van Tielen, Alessandro Viviano, Edwardyne Cowan, Rylan Morsbach, John Phillip, Jackie Sanders and John Oddo who will be accompanying the actors on piano.
Joel Richard Paul wrote the original book UNLIKELY ALLIES, which the Washington Post called “Wildly Entertaining” and said it read like a Monty Python movie. He was thrilled when his friend, Martin Rabbett, offered to write the music for a musical based on the book.
As unlikely as it seems, this is a true gender-bending history of the American Revolution.
In 1775 Ben Franklin decides to send a Connecticut shopkeeper, Silas Deane, to France on a secret mission to try to persuade Louis XVI to arm the Americans against the British. Deane couldn’t speak a word of French. He had never left Connecticut in his life, and he knew nothing about diplomacy. But Franklin said he was the perfect man for the job because he was such an improbable choice for a secret agent that the British would never suspect him.
Deane succeeds with the help of two other men – the comic playwright Caron de Beaumarchais, the author of The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville. Together they obtained all of the arms, ammunition and uniforms for an army of 30,000 men and snuck them out of France and to Washington’s troops in time for the critical Battle of Saratoga.
But their success depends on one other man – the colorful Chevalier d’Eon. D’Eon was a decorated captain in the royal dragoons. He was the French ambassador to London, and a French spy. But what made him fascinating was – he was a woman!
And when d’Eon falls in love with Beaumarchais and decides to come out as a woman and marry him, that provides the catalyst that leads Louis XVI to arm the Americans and win the Revolutionary War.
Honestly, it’s a true story.
And we hope you’ll help us bring this amazing story of courage and cunning to the stage!!!
$50 - $499 We will list you as a contributor in our program.
$500 We will list you as a Major Supporter in our program.
$1000 We will credit you as a Producer in our program.
$5,000 We will list you as an Executive Producer in our program.
$10,000 We will list you as an Angel in our program.
Risks and Challenges:
We are almost there! The cast and musicians are set to go. We have spent several years fine tuning this event and have coordinated all the equipment and personnel. All that is left to do is raise the funds needed from contributors who will help us bring this musical to the stage for its first reading. We need to raise $50,000 by the end of November to pay for actors, rental of a studio space, a pianist, and a future workshop.
Please click on the links below to hear other songs featured in the Musical and CD:
ONCE (Jan Maxwell) https://youtu.be/YCtOGUEd32k
WHEN YOU'RE GONE (Eric Van Tielen) https://youtu.be/zIVTVmsqIU4
To read more about the book and author, Joel Richard Paul of UNLIKELY ALLIES: https://joelrichardpaul.com/
This performance is especially dedicated to Jan Maxwell