WALLIS AND WINDSOR takes us back in history to the abdication of the British throne!
Set in 1930’s London, WALLACE AND WINDSOR is the extraordinary true story of two Kings. Brothers. One who gives up the throne for the woman he loves . The other who must take his brother’s place in history by embracing the throne and with the support of his majestic wife, become one of Britain’s most beloved Kings!
In our musical, WALLIS AND WINDSOR, it’s Broadway meets Buckingham Palace! Here, London’s Café Society is done up in the fashion of the popular “Gold Digger Musicals” of the 1930’s. The story may be set in merry old England, but there are plenty of Yanks in this romantic Royal tale to go around.
WALLIS AND WINDSOR manages a splendid balance of humor and drama, while bringing to the stage a fresh and powerful exploration of this historic chain of events set to SONG AND DANCE! Boasting credible witnesses like Sir Winston Churchill as Master of Ceremonies, this epic tale unfolds with all the wit and charm under an English sun, where stakes are high, love is passionate . . .
and war looms on the horizon!
Our creative team
Book and Lyrics – JONNIE BROSS
Jonnie Bross began her career as a writer at the tender age of three, composing lyrics to Prokofiev’s “Peter And The Wolf.” Music and lyrics were in her blood. As a teenager she went on to write songs for some of recording’s top artists while juggling an acting and modeling career. But Jonnie knew all along that her heart and passion were in words, lyrics, and music. She left the world of acting and modeling to raise a family of six children in the suburbs of New Jersey where she continued to write, including the jingles for the first SAAB commercials in the U.S. … all while raising her family! During that time, Jonnie wrote the lyrics for JAZZ IS HIS OLD LADY AND MY OLD MAN, for Jazz Hall Of Famer, EARL FATHA HINES’ final album. Her musical, THE SHOE, played in many theaters on both coasts including a successful run at THE HAMLET THEATER in New York. In addition, THE SHOE played in Norway on a commission by the Princess of Norway.
As well, Jonnie wrote a song for PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON’S first inauguration with music by three time Cleo Award winner and arranger Malcom Dodds. Jonnie’s musical, PUCKAMUCK, a satirical take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered Off Broadway at THE JOHN HOUSEMAN THEATER and a full season at PLAYHOUSE 22 in Bucks County, PA.
Composer – CHRISTOPHER CALIENDO
Christopher Caliendo’s diverse music styles have been embraced worldwide, finding equal resonance with film studios, philharmonics, chamber societies, the Vatican, the U.S. Military, political figures and Hollywood celebrities. His career in Los Angeles started by winning the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Film Scoring. Mr. Mancini introduced him to CBS where he started to work as an orchestrator for such prime time television hits as DALLAS and KNOTT’S ISLAND, culminating in an Emmy nomination for GUNS OF PARADISE.
Caliendo’s film accomplishments include the 20th Century Fox- soundtrack to John Ford’s 1924 silent classic, THE IRON HORSE. Praised by New York Times, the 136-minute original work was featured at 20th Century Fox’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2010, where selections were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The soundtrack was also included in the Top 10 Film Scores by Film Score Monthly magazine. Caliendo won the National Society of Film Critics Heritage Award twice for his work in film restoration. His re-score of Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee for SONY CLASSICS was hailed as an “incredible achievement” by the New York Times. His vocal orchestral work was heralded at the Vatican which singled him out as the first American composer commissioned twice by Pope John Paul II.
Book – JENNY BROSS
Jenny Bross grew up performing in her mother’s (Jonnie Bross) Original Children’s Theater and soon began her own writing career with several award winning films. Her contribution to an adaptation of Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, won the Special Jury Award at the Young Film Makers Festival, sponsored by PBS. Additionally, few at the festival recognized Jenny in the film as Scrooge himself. Jenny also wrote and produced PEARL, an original, hour-long, live action narrative based on the life of a homeless woman living in New York City. PEARL won an award at the Third Annual Tri-State Film Festival. Later Ms. Bross became a writer on THE PUZZLE PLACE, an Emmy nominated, daily, half-hour children’s television series, which aired nationally on PBS. Since that time Ms. Bross has developed projects like a children’s interstitial program called ‘Smart Hogs,’ published a miniature book called ‘Geehickity Squamplatt,’ (1994 Pequeno Press), part of the Getty Museum’s Special Library Collection.
Additional Songs – JONATHAN BROSS
Jonathan Bross arranged and produced songs for a number of television movies and feature films like RESTAURANT, starring ADRIEN BRODY, and the USA Network movie THE CHIPPENDALES MURDER, as well as the USA Network mini series, TRAFFIC.
He began his career as a composer and arranger by opening his own Sound Studio, SOUND OVER SOUND, producing bands and musicians in the Tri-sate area. In addition he co-composed/arranged music with Cleo award-winner MALCOM DODDS for PUCKAMUCK, which Premiered off Broadway at THE JOHN HOUSEMAN THEATER. This musical had a successful matinee run at THE BITTER END, NY – starring Chorus Line Alumni, PAMELA WILSON.
Jonathan also co-composed and arranged music with his brother ERIC BROSS and EDWARD HADDAD, lyrics by JONNIE BROSS, for the musical THE SHOE, that played all over the Tri-State area, including a season at THE HAMLET THEATER in the West Village, New York City.
Producer – ERIC BROSS (Director of Backer’s Presentation)
Eric Bross’ theater career began at the early age of 16 working with his mother Jonnie Bross, co-writing, performing and eventually directing the productions of several of their original family shows including THE SHOE. Since that time Eric Bross has gone on to a successful directing and producing career in feature films and television including his feature directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Sundance entry, TEN BENNY, starring Academy Award winner, Adrien Brody. Bross’ other films include RESTAURANT, also starring Adrien Brody.
Bross also directed the romantic comedy, ON THE LINE, for Miramax. He then went on to direct USA Network’s Emmy Award winning miniseries, TRAFFIC. Eric completed VACANCY 2 for Sony Films in 2008 and followed that up with the Nickelodeon original family movie, THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF, starring Victoria Justice and Brooke Shields for which he won a prestigious DGA Award. Eric also directed the Lifetime movie, A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS STORY, starring Dolly Parton. Eric is currently in development on the sci-fi, action movie, GOLIATH. Bross’ most recent film, AFFAIRS OF STATE, was released theatrically in 2018 by Lionsgate Films.