Musicals.

Jeff writes musicals with NYC-based composer Will Van Dyke.  Jeff writes book and lyrics and Will writes music and lyrics.  Their first musical, Imagine Harry, was a semi-finalist for the 2015 O'Neill Festival of New Musicals and was featured in the 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals for the National Alliance of Musical Theatre in October of 2015.  They have since completed drafts of two new musicals, Wintersong and Seven Broken Hearts.  They released an EP of their standalone songs called A View of the River, and followed that up with a concert at 54 Below.  For more information on the EP and the concert, check out this item from elsewhere on this site.  For more information about Will Van Dyke, check out his website.

File Nov 06, 9 04 08 AM.jpeg


Imagine Harry

Imagine Harry is an 8-person, two-act contemporary musical by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott.   It's a story about recognizing that your real life is better than anything you could ever imagine; you just have to look. When Tucker was 8, his best friend, Harry, was imaginary. Now, Tucker’s all grown up, and he’s not making much of a mark on the world; he lives at home and works as a waiter. And Harry? Well, he’s left the imaginary friend business and is living as a mortal, a married guy with a kid on the way. But Tucker isn’t dealing with the fact that his father has Alzheimer’s and it’s time for Tucker to step up and be a son. And Harry is having a hard time committing to his very ordinary life; in fact, it turns out that if he doesn’t fully engage with this life he chose, he will literally fade away, one limb at a time. So Tucker and Harry have to find a way to help each other before it’s too late. Imagine Harry is a musical for grown-ups about the very tricky business of growing up.

You can check out a couple of sample tracks from the musical HERE.

To contact the authors about Imagine Harry, email ImagineHarryMusical@gmail.com.

 

A View of the River

A View of the River is an EP of 7 songs by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott.  The team wrote these standalone songs in-between writing sessions for their musicals.  Ranging from soulful, soaring ballads to driving uptempos, the collection features the pop-infused melodies and heartfelt lyrics that make Will and Jeff's sound distinctive.

You can listen to sample tracks from the EP HERE.

You can purchase the EP on iTunes, Amazon or wherever digital music is sold.

And if you are interested in sheet music for any of the songs, you can find info on that HERE.

 

Wintersong

Set in the Nebraska Territories in the 1850's, Wintersong tells the story of Leo Harper, a homesteader with a lot to love and a lot to lose. He came west with his wife and his brother, and they are making a go of it - but Leo is his own worst enemy and can't control his suspicious thoughts.  In a land where emotions are as limitless as the sky, Leo needs to learn that joy comes at the cost of abandoning jealousy before it is too late. And that love requires you to awaken your faith.

You can check out a couple of sample tracks from the musical HERE.

Seven Broken Hearts

Samantha (Sam) Walker and Denny Clark are best friends and small town kids, just getting through their days working in a diner in Eastern Wyoming.  They've got each other, but they're both ready to bust out, terrified of wasting one more day going nowhere.  As they inch their way East, from small town to big city, they leave a string of broken hearts behind - but the question is, will the last two hearts to be broken be theirs?  Seven Broken Hearts is a brand-new three-person pop-driven musical about the wending ways of love and friendship,  and how staying true to yourself is so hard when you're not quite sure who you are yet.

logo.jpg

 

The Circle

10 friends. 1 break-up. 8 slo-mo nervous breakdowns. The Circle is a new original musical about a group of friends getting ready to celebrate the marriage of their favorite couple.  But when the couple suddenly and unexpectedly breaks up, it forces everybody else to look in the mirror and examine their own relationships, and nobody is ready for what they see.  A little bit of self-reflection is a good thing; too much can be a disaster.  The Circle was commissioned by Grove Entertainment and Barbara Whitman Productions.

the circle (temp art).jpg

Will and Jeff in the recording studio.  July, 2015.