Our off-Broadway musical completed its scheduled run and got, as you will see below, great reviews and TV coverage. We are currently exploring
where it will continue. If you have any interest in being involved with the mounting of the next production, or know someone who would be interested,
please contact Jim Cohen at email@example.com.
Similarly, if you have any leads or bright ideas for a good way to market any of the songs in the show - romantic show tunes, inspirational songs or funny/parody songs, again, please just shoot Jim an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soldier’s Song - A New Musical
Directed by Angelica Torn
Music and Lyrics by Jim Cohen
Book by Joanne Lee Drexler Cohen
Produced by Raphael Benavides Productions
Tickets - General Admission $25
Please click on the right for Joe Torres TV Channel 7 and Julie Chang Fox 5 delightful reports on "Soldier's Song"
“Soldier's Song,” by Jim Cohen and Joanne Lee Drexler Cohen, is a romantic musical, a beautiful love story, with songs you’ll remember -- and it has something truly unique. The story is about a Puerto Rican soldier, “Jose,” who serves in Iraq - this lead role is performed by J.W. Cortes, who himself is Puerto Rican and served as a U.S. Marine in Iraq. J.W. has starred as a singer/actor in many movies and TV shows and brings a special, powerful dimension to the show, as “Soldier's Song” is, in many ways, his story. Just like the story of “Jose” in “Soldier’s Song,” in fact, in real life, J.W. Cortes participated in dangerous, life-threatening missions while fighting in Iraq and always dreamed of being a singer/performer. The other cast members, Christiana Little, Melody Berger and Noah Chase are also experienced and talented singer/actors and our musical director/pianist, Natalie Tenenbaum, is a Juilliard graduate and performer at many venues including the touring companies of West Side Story, Evita and Les Miserables. “Soldier's Song” is Directed by Angelica Torn, an award winning actress, director and Board member of the Actors Studio.
“Soldier's Song” is a musical – with 15 songs (you can listen to four of them by clicking on a track on the right) - about a poor but handsome and talented Puerto Rican young man, “Jose,” an up and coming singer/songwriter, who, while singing at a night club in Puerto Rico, meets “Erica,” an elegant, beautiful and wealthy girl from Charleston. “Jose” and “Erica” fall in love and have an incredible 4-month love affair. But, “Jose,” who previously volunteered for the Army (as thousands of Puerto Rican men do), is sent off to Iraq. Before he goes, "Erica" promises, in a song, that she will wait for him “AS LONG AS IT TAKES.” They decide to introduce their two great friends since childhood - “Raul” and “Ashley” - who will both be serving in Iraq. Then, while “Jose” is on a mission in Iraq, he is captured and no one knows if he is alive or dead. “Erica” who is pregnant, learns that “Jose” is missing and, at her mother's insistence, she marries the wealthy boy next door. The play works out, in story and song, how the lives of these four young people develop.
Performances will be at the beautiful Poet’s Den Theater & Gallery, at 309 East 108th Street (between First and Second Avenues), evenings at 8:00 p.m. on August 17 - 21 and August 24-28, with Saturday matinees at 3:00 p.m. on August 20 and 27. To order tickets (cost is $25 per seat; $30 for premium seats), please click on the link - BUY TICKETS - on the right, above, to purchase tickets on-line OR call 866-811-4111. There is an art gallery adjoining the theater and a growing and vibrant arts community in East Harlem. Please come see and enjoy our show and help support this excitingly renewed community.