Tom

Allen

CHAMBER MUSICALS

From Weimar to Vaudeville

The Judgment of Paris

Bohemians In Brookyn

From Weimar to Vaudeville

Written by Tom Allen

  • Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
  • Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
  • Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
  • Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
  • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice
  • Peter Gemmell – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, soprano sax, percussion

From Weimar to Vaudeville is the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos. Two musical princes, one rich, one poor, reach to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war.

Featuring music by Richard Strauss, Charlie Chaplin, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Hindemith, and Johannes along with stunning original songs by the cast. Weimar to Vaudeville is Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the 20s and 30s: dirty as ever and roaring loudly enough to be heard half-way around the world. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan, Bryce Kulak, Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Peter Gemmell and Tom Allen.

“I loved From Weimar to Vaudeville. I audibly gasped when I deduced what was coming.”
audience-member Andrew Davies after the first performance in Ottawa, July 2014

The Judgement of Paris

Written by Tom Allen

  • Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
  • Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
  • Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
  • Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
  • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice, piano, percussion

As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win.

“…beautiful arrangements of works by both composers as well as evocative new compositions
riffing on themes in their life and music.” – NOW Magazine

“They are an engaging company that is able to address the topics of love, war, history, art and beauty in such a way as to make light of them without being flip. I was entertained and moved as well as educated.”
– Emily Hanlon, Ottawa Chamberfest

Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission
1 hr. version available
Size of Company: 5

Bohemians in Brooklyn

Written by Tom Allen

  • Tom Allen – narration & trombone
  • Lori Gemmell – harp
  • Bryce Kulak – piano & voice
  • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice

What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the house that once held WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee – a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

“Beautifully punctuated… brought the songs to vivid life.” – Now Magazine

Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission
1 hr. version available
Size of Company: 4

Tom Allen

Storyteller, CONCERT HOST,

AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, BROADCASTER

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From Weimar to Vaudeville
The Judgement of Paris
From Weimar to Vaudeville
The Judgement of Paris
Bohemians in Brooklyn
  • FROM WEIMAR TO VAUDEVILLE

    From Weimar to Vaudeville

    Written by Tom Allen

    • Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
    • Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
    • Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
    • Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
    • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice
    • Peter Gemmell – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, soprano sax, percussion

    From Weimar to Vaudeville is the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos. Two musical princes, one rich, one poor, reach to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war.

    Featuring music by Richard Strauss, Charlie Chaplin, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Hindemith, and Johannes along with stunning original songs by the cast. Weimar to Vaudeville is Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the 20s and 30s: dirty as ever and roaring loudly enough to be heard half-way around the world. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan, Bryce Kulak, Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Peter Gemmell and Tom Allen.

    “I loved From Weimar to Vaudeville. I audibly gasped when I deduced what was coming.”
    audience-member Andrew Davies after the first performance in Ottawa, July 2014

  • tHE JUDGMENT OF PARIS

    The Judgement of Paris

    Written by Tom Allen

    • Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
    • Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
    • Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
    • Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
    • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice, piano, percussion

    As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win.

    “…beautiful arrangements of works by both composers as well as evocative new compositions
    riffing on themes in their life and music.” – NOW Magazine

    “They are an engaging company that is able to address the topics of love, war, history, art and beauty in such a way as to make light of them without being flip. I was entertained and moved as well as educated.”
    – Emily Hanlon, Ottawa Chamberfest

    Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission
    1 hr. version available
    Size of Company: 5

  • Bohemians In Brookyn

    Bohemians in Brooklyn

    Written by Tom Allen

    • Tom Allen – narration & trombone
    • Lori Gemmell – harp
    • Bryce Kulak – piano & voice
    • Patricia O’Callaghan – voice

    What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the house that once held WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee – a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

    “Beautifully punctuated… brought the songs to vivid life.” – Now Magazine

    Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission
    1 hr. version available
    Size of Company: 4