JMAE In Development: KING DAVID, THE MUSICAL

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KING DAVID

Book by Gary Morgenstein; Music & Lyrics by Shadi Pourkashef

NEW ENTRY: FORESKINS 

“I’m excited to share the song FORESKINS, the second number in the King David musical. 
Much like the Wizard of Oz sent Dorothy & Co. on a suicide mission to get the Wicked Witch’s broom, so the increasingly unstable King Saul insists that for David to marry his daughter Michal, the ambitious young man must bring him 100 Philistine foreskins. Anyone out there who’s tried to get a foreskin from a Philistine will know what I’m talking about. From Ms. Shadi Pourkashef and Da’Jon James, who also contributed his beautiful voice and infectious enthusiasm, I give you FORESKINS.”  GARY MORGENSTEIN

 

 

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Said Gary Morgenstein: “A story which has never been fully realized on stage, David was a fascinating and complex personality whose incredible achievements and complex flaws have influenced dramatists from Shakespeare and the ancient Greeks to writers today.  Composer-Lyricist Shadi Pourkashef and I are bringing David’s entire extraordinary story to life – from shepherd boy to King – by making it contemporary and universal while retaining the world of 3,000 years ago. In Shadi’s gorgeous song Distance, Jonathan sings of his forbidden love for David. The music for the show will be diverse. Next we’ll be releasing Foreskins, a humorous rap song about David gathering Philistine foreskins to fulfill a demand by King Saul.”

Samuel 18:3 “And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.”

Gary Morgenstein wrote the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock musical The Anthem and the science fiction musical Mad Mel Saves the World in addition to King David, and dramas such as A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx and Saving Stan.  Morgenstein is the author of five novels including the science fiction-baseball book A Mound Over Hell, which has been hailed as “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” https://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Morgenstein_A_Mound_Over_Hell.html

 

Composer-conductor-educator Shadi Pourkashef has composed scores for six feature films as well as dozens of works for children’s music, TV shows, commercials, meditation, game music and movie trailers. She is the founder of the non-profit Ability Awareness Project and serves as Goodwill Ambassador of World Kindness for the City of Laguna Beach, California.