Live@First Presents “Bonhoeffer” The Musical




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Based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this new musical tells the story of one man’s epic journey to overcome the forces of evil in the name of good. 

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About the Authors


Scott Wilkinson is an experienced singer and songwriter. He was educated in both science and music and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Albion College. He also has a Masters in Songwriting from The Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has spent much of his songwriting career as a performer, recording seven CDs and performing throughout the Midwest. He also attended medical school and is a practicing physician and surgeon.

“The Bonhoeffer project has been a wonderful journey for me. Several years ago, I was somewhat restless artistically. To me, this is a sign that something needs to change and you need to elevate your game. So I decided to go back to school to become a better composer, songwriter, and lyricist. When I was attending classes at the Berklee College of Music, one of my professors pulled me aside and said that I should write musical theater. I had never considered such a thing. At the time, my wife, Jill, was reading an epic biography on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and she was taken in by the dramatic nature of the story. So I read the biography and wrote one song, more or less to ‘get it out of my system.’ With the help of Dale Grisa, who recorded and produced this song, and Corey Roberts, who sang it beautifully, we were all convinced it was a project worth pursuing. Several more songs were written and on a lark, I entered Broadway producer Ken Davenport’s competition for up and coming Broadway composers. Much to my surprise, I was selected for showcasing some of this work at his theater in New York City. Since that time, Ken has taken me under his wing to help me develop not only this show but also my skills as a composer-lyricist. It has been a period of enormous growth for me and I will be forever grateful to Ken for his time and energy invested in me.


The second I found out what kind of edifice Scott was planning, I knew I wanted to get in on the ground floor of it. A couple of years later, my enthusiasm for the project hasn’t diminished one bit. Indeed, it can even be said to have increased a hundredfold, a thousandfold. The more time I spend with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the more I realize what an incredibly caring and astute man he was. Add to this his bravery, and a picture of one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century begins to emerge – a picture I hope “Bonhoeffer the Musical” will go a long way to convey to as wide an audience as possible.

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TALLY SESSIONS  is a Broadway veteran of 20 years. His credits include Broadway: Anastasia, War Paint, Falsettos, School of Rock, Big Fish, The House of Blue Leaves, Paramour. Tours: South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre), Queen of the Mist (Transport Group), Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!), Yank! (York) Theatre). Regional: Leading roles at The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, The Muny, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre. Awards: 2 Carbonell Awards, Denver’s Henry Award, 2 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination. TV: “Elementary,” “Falling Water.” Social: @tallysessions


Julia Knitel is a New York-based actor who has been performing both on & off Broadway, as well as regionally, for the past 10 years. Most notably, Julia starred as Carole King in the First National Tour of Broadway’s Beautiful The Carole King Musical (and appeared in that role at The Fisher). Other credits include Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: A Letter to Harvey Milk (Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Leading Actress). New York/Regional: Louise in Gypsy (The Muny – St Louis Theatre Circle nomination), Martha in The Constant Wife (Denver Center), Jennifer/Theresa in the World Premiere Red Maple (Capital Rep), Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Portland Stage), Ingrid in Volleygirls (NYMF). Film: Miles.. She can be seen this June as Ulla in The Producers at Casa Mañana Theatre in Texas.

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