It reads and sounds like an action-packed love story that has the inspirational cache of any modern movie steeped in espionage and courage. But this epic musical drama is based on true events, researched and undeniably confirmed by Holocaust survivors. They can attest to the power of their message, because they lived it.
On Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., a preview of the Broadway-bound production WARSAW comes to Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial for one night only to benefit Boheme Opera New Jersey. The heroic story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 tells of a group of resistance fighters who banded together for the first and largest revolt by Jews against the Nazis. Their fortitude was a symbol of the indomitableness of the human spirit.
This is no dry retelling of history. The writers of WARSAW have created a theatrical work with great vitality and excitement, deeply moving yet uplifting. As we have seen in films such as Schindler’s List and The Pianist, human connection turns a history lesson into a transformative event that keeps hold of an audience long after they leave the theater. Response from preview audiences to date confirms that WARSAW is just such a show.
WARSAW’s story is told through the eyes of Roman, a young Jewish man who is trapped inside the Warsaw Ghetto, separated from his beautiful gentile fianc‚e, Ana. He is forced to make difficult choices to ensure survival for himself and those he loves. The couple struggles to reunite while in their separate worlds as they plan, hide, warn and listen to everything around them. They never lose sight of their intent — to maintain their strength and dignity, while preparing themselves physically and spiritually to defend the most precious thing they had — life.
Featured in Boheme Opera’s preview of WARSAW on February 6 will be an award-winning Broadway cast accompanied by veteran musicians of the New York scene, under musical director William Wade. Each victimized character portrayed takes on deep responsibility throughout the piece, never swaying from commitment, ultimately contributing to the remarkable tenacity and faith that wrote them into history.
The creative team of WARSAW is comprised of three talented individuals, all accomplished in their fields. The book and lyrics of WARSAW is by John Atkins. An alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, John has also written book and lyrics for the musical Stages and the libretto for the opera Redemption. Music, orchestrations and additional lyrics of WARSAW are by William Wade, whose concert music has been presented throughout the country, his orchestrations having been used by Broadway Theatre Project, National Dance Institute and Rosie’s Broadway Kids.
Stage Director for WARSAW is Jamibeth Margolis, who has a long list of directing credits, known for her developmental productions and readings of many plays and musicals. Having directed at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival, she also is a professional casting director and member of the Casting Society of America with twelve years of experience in NYC including numerous shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours.
WARSAW has been performed in workshops from community centers to CAMI Hall, for Holocaust scholars and industry professionals, and in all cases, audience members have been left emotionally impacted, inspired and exhilarated by the extraordinary power of this theatrical event. WARSAW carries stalwart meaning that is relevant for the challenging times of our 21st century. The time for WARSAW to reach the most diverse audiences ever is now, because so many Holocaust survivors are no longer alive. It is left to those who care to ensure their story lives on.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience WARSAW. Tickets may be secured through the Boheme Opera Box Office at 609-581-7200 and range from $28 – $50. Group rates are very attractive, and student tickets are $15 anywhere in the theater. TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR two hours before curtain. For those ticket holders interested in overnight accommodations after the preview, Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard has arranged a special priced room rate, which can be reserved by calling 888-796-4662 or by visiting online at Trentonmarriott.com. In either case, the group code BHOBHOA must be mentioned to receive discount.
To learn more about WARSAW online, visit bohemeopera.com OR warsawthemusical.com.