“I have found it impossible to carry the heavy
burden of responsibility and to discharge my
duties as king as I would wish to do without the
help and support of the woman I love…”
– His Royal Highness, Prince Edward
“It takes a King to Exile a Prince . . .”
– His Majesty, King George VI
History is a hot trend and royal history is even hotter!
HAMILTON, THE KINGS SPEECH, VICTORIA, THE CROWN,
All major hits and now in line with this popular historic trend comes a wonderful NEW MUSICAL…
WALLIS AND WINDSOR!
Like a time capsule, WALLIS AND WINDSOR, takes us back
in history to the abdication of the British throne!
Set in pre- WWII – 1930’s London . . . WALLIS 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 this musical production, 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!
WALLIS AND WINDSOR even boasts credible witnesses like Sir Winston Churchill as Master of Ceremonies, so 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!
WALLIS AND WINDSOR, set in pre – WWII – 1930’s London, opens with the original BBC RADIO recording of the 1936 British King’s ABDICATION SPEECH. This is followed by the appearance of Master Of Ceremonies and credible witness . . . SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL who aims to amuse, inform, and participate as this dramatic story of two English Kings unfolds.
ACT ONE . . . DAVID and BERTIE are brothers and Princes living in the shadow of their ailing father, KING GEORGE. The old King is unwell and quite concerned with his “playboy heir” and his brother, “the stammering spare”. Even QUEEN MARY gets caught up in the gossip about her son, the Prince Of Wales who has fallen under the spell of a common Divorcee from America, MRS. WALLIS SIMPSON!
QUEEN MARY and husband GEORGE, while worried about BERTIE’S stammering, are actually rather proud of the younger Duke Of York and his wife, The Duchess ELISABETH as exemplifying Royal parentage and duty. Bertie and Elisabeth are famously vexed by David’s choice in mate. Indeed, WALLIS SIMPSON uses all her Southern persuasion, manipulation, domination, and control to catch her Prince!
David and Wallis are the King and Queen of Café Society, mixing with artists, philosophers and an assortment of Political Parties including shhh…Germans!
By ACT TWO, OLD KING GEORGE is dead. Long live DAVID who suddenly finds himself the King!
It’s more than a shock to him and above all DAVID demands WALLIS the American divorcee be his bride!
Bomb threats follow and protests in the streets once the British Press get hold of the story. Most English (including the Royal Family) reject the American Divorcee. Ironically the greatest supporter of DAVID and WALLIS is WALLIS’ husband, ERNEST SIMPSON!
In deference to his King, ERNEST SIMPSON assumes all responsibility for the divorce, but it’s no use. DAVID’S insistence on marrying Wallis forces a Constitutional crisis leading to ABDICATION!
Two Princes. Two brothers. One throne. One gives up the throne for the woman he loves… the other unexpectedly takes his brother’s place in history by embracing it, and with the support of his majestic wife, becomes one of Britain’s most beloved Kings!
The Creative Team
Book and Lyrics
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 US… 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. When her children were in their high school years Jonnie wrote original musicals based on popular classic fairytales…all with a sophisticated edge! Her musician sons composed the music and the whole family played roles. The shows took off in local theaters and the family performed them all over the tri-state area. 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 as well as the song ’HOMELESS,’ performed by the SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR. Jonnie began writing musicals with more adult themes including, PUCKAMUCK, a satirical take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. PUCKAMUCK Premiered off Broadway at THE JOHN HOUSEMAN THEATER and a full season at PLAYHOUSE 22 in BUCKS COUNTY, PA. In addition to WALLIS AND WINDSOR, Jonnie is in development on several musical’s including, MANORS AND MATRIMONY, based on the classic novel Pride And Prejudice and THE CAT’S MEOW based on the movie written by Steve Peros and directed by Peter
Ms. 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. Ms. Bross 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 from ’95 to ‘99. 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.
Jenny has also written two Middle Grade Children’s novels, ‘Starring Orson – Tale Of A Hollywood Cat,’ which she illustrated and ‘Sally Mature,’ which she adapted into a screenplay. She also collaborated with her brother, Film Director Eric Bross on a children’s picture book ‘Ethan And The Hungry Gorilla!’ Most recently Jenny co-wrote with her mother the Book for a historic Musical ‘Wallis And Windsor,’ the true story of the abdication of the British throne!
Christopher Caliendo, Hailed “A Wunderkind!” by LA Weekly, is a composer, world music guitarist, conductor and publisher whose 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 celebrities and the Library of Congress.
First composer in Hollywood history to re-score a major motion picture, SONY Pictures, Major Dundee directed by Sam Peckinpah: “This extended version adds just twelve minutes to the extended running time (and a vastly improved musical score by Christopher Caliendo), additions that make the case for the film to be the work of an emerging auteur.” Manohla Daragis – The New York Times
First composer in Hollywood to win the Heritage Award two years in a row for 20th Century Fox motion pictures: Called an “excellent score” by New York Times film critic Dave Kehr, the 136-minute original soundtrack to the Iron Horse was featured at 20th Century Fox’s 75th anniversary celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, where selections were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with music from Alfred Newman, David Raskin, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- Selected performer for Bob Hope’s 90th birthday
- Fifteen CD recordings
- Winner of 10 First Prize honors for best Newly Published music from the NFA
- Selected composer to conduct to picture over 2 hours of his music with the RTE Orchestra for the opening night of the Irish Film Festival in Dublin at the National Concert Hall
Jonathan Bross 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 ‘PUCKIMUCK,’ which Premiered off Broadway at THE JOHN HOUSEMAN THEATER. Also a Full season PLAYHOUSE 22 in BUCKS COUNTY PA. 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. This musical played in many theaters on both coasts and was commissioned by the Princess of Norway.
He also 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 mini series TRAFFIC. Jonathan has recently contributed two songs for WALLIS AND WINDSOR.
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 Films. 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.