The Belle of Tombstone
(f/k/a I Married Wyatt Earp)
Book by Thomas Edward West and Sheilah Rae
Lyrics by Sheilah Rae
Music by Michele Brourman
11 F (or more without doubling)
It is time to set the record straight! Young Josie Marcus is nothing like the girls back home. Passionate and fearless, she leaves behind her upper-class Jewish family for the adventure of Tombstone, Arizona---home of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, and the site of the infamous Shootout at the O.K. Corral. Decades later, Josie must finally come to terms with the 30-second gunfight that led her to a lifetime of regret. Weaving together 1939 Hollywood and the mythic West, The Belle of Tombstone sheds new light on one of history’s most fictionalized moments. Eleven gutsy women give voice to the untold story of the American frontier in this compelling new musical.
Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatre, co-produced by Prospect Theatre Company and New York Theatre Barn. Directed by Cara Reichel and choreographed by Joe Barros, featuring Carolyn Mignini, Heather MacRae and Anastasia Barzee.
Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol PA, featuring Leila Martin and Diane Findlay, directed by Edward Keith Baker, choreographed by D. J. Salisbury
New York Film Academy (Musical Theatre Program) New Works, directed by Thomas Edward West
California State University, directed by Eve Himmelheber, featuring Marcia Rodd and Nancy Jeris
The Hartt School, University of Hartford, directed by Alan Rust.
South Dakota State University, directed by Susan Klemp
Staged Readings and Developmental Productions
The Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals and ASCAP, Concert Reading, starring Carol Lawrence and Carole Cook, Brentwood Theater, Los Angeles.
New York Theatre Barn, Staged Reading, directed by Graciela Daniele and starring Tovah Feldshuh and Cass Morgan, Players Theater, New York.
Musical Futures, Greenwich Theatre, London; featuring Lynda Baron.
Falcon Theatre, Burbank, CA “SummerSeries New Musical”; directed by Josephine R. Abady, featuring Marion Ross and Jaye P. Morgan.
Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA and ASCAP-New York, Staged Concert Reading, Josephine R. Abady, Dir. featuring Cass Morgan and Kerry O'Malley; produced by ASCAP/Stage One of Wichita/BTF.
ASCAP/Disney Workshop- Disney Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Mariposa Theater, Los Angeles, CA.- Reading.
The Tennessee Rep, Nashville - Summer Musical Theater Workshops; Mac Pirkle, Producer; Josephine R. Abady, Dir.
Michele Brourman (Composer) is a Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Cleo Laine, Sheena Easton, Sally Mayes, Heather Macrae, Rita Coolidge, and more. Michele is the composer of the new musical Dangerous Beauty (lyrics by Amanda McBroom, book by Jeannine Dominy, directed by Sheryl Kaller) which was produced by the Pasadena Playhouse in February of 2011. She co-wrote and produced the songs for sixteen animated features for Universal Studios, as well as all the songs for The Land Before Time television series. Universal Studios' The Little Engine that Could featured Michele’s song “Joy of the Ride”, recorded by Corbin Bleu. Brourman and Rae are currently at work on Table Turns, an evening of five short musicals for four actors, Three of those “musical shorts”, presented initially in the League of Professional Theatre Women’s New Play Festivals, have been finalists for the Heideman Award, given by the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. Michele composed the dance and incidental music for the original Broadway production of Working. Her songs have been featured in movies (Shiloh and Shiloh Season) and television (Designing Women, Cagney and Lacey.) As a pianist and musical director, Michele has worked with artists Dixie Carter, Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, Bernadette Peters, and others--and played piano in Bob Dylan’s band. Her “personal” CD, Fools and Little Children, is available online.
Thomas Edward West (Co-bookwriter) Over 30 years in the theatre as a playwright, librettist, director, artistic administrator and educator. As bookwriter: The Enchanted Cottage; Tom Sawyer, Class Clown, and The Play’s the Thing (also co-lyricist with Robert Waldman). Many plays, adaptations and translations produced Off-Broadway and in regional theatre; with Vincent Sardi wrote the coffee table book Off The Wall At Sardi's published by Amarna Books and Media. As director: over fifty professional productions, Cheek By Jowl’s Vanity Fair, The Changeling and The Little Foxes Off-Broadway, Scapino, The School For Wives, A History of the American Film, and lots of Shakespeare (various regional theaters), and the Richard Rodgers Award presentation of Little Women at the York Theater. Graduate of Ashland University (BA) and Florida State University (MFA) and shares a collective Pulitzer Prize in Journalism with his colleagues at The Wall Street Journal.