A Wall Apart

Ben, Virginia, and Me (The Liberace Musical)

Book by Roger O. Hirson; Music and Lyrics by Barbara Carole Sickmen; Original Concept by Barbara Carole Sickmen

Sometimes, too much is never enough!

Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story.

Running time: 2 hours

Roger O. Hirson

Roger O. Hirson (Book)

Broadway: PIPPIN  WALKING HAPPY. Off Broadway: Journey to the Day. World War 2 1/2. TV: A Woman Named Jackie. Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott. Film: Demon Seed starring Julie Christie. The Bridge at Remagen.

Barbara Carole Sickmen

Barbara Carole Sickmen (Music & Lyrics)

Barbara Carole Sickmen (Lyrics/Music) is a Lyricist/Composer and recording artist who has performed onstage with Eddie Fisher, Jerry Vale, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, George Jessel, and Jackie Mason. She was a resident Playwright at Kids For Kids Theater, where she developed musicals including ALICE IN APPLELAND and THE PRINCE OF POLAND (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis). She taught Theater Arts at Stony Brook University with John Houseman and Martin Gottfried, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild,  ASCAP, and Women in Theater.

Paul A. Stancato

Paul A. Stancato (Director & Choreographer)

Paul A. Stancato (Director/Choreographer) is a Director/Choreographer who works in theatre, film, and television. Broadway - WEDDING SINGER (Asst. Choreographer), National Tours - Flashdance, WEDDING SINGER, JEKYLL AND HYDE. He was the Resident Director for Disney’s THE LION KING, and worked internationally as the Artistic Director for THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER.  Recent credits include COLLECTED STORIES, LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Palm Beach Dramaworks), ICON (NYMF), POWERHOUSE (New Ohio Theater), GREASE (Engeman Theater), TRAVLIN' (Seven Angels Theatre) and EINSTEIN'S DREAMS (Fringe). paulstancato.com

Ron Sickmen

Ron Sickmen (Producer)

Ron Sickmen has been actively involved in all developmental aspects of BEN, VIRGINIA AND ME (The Liberace Musical) since its inception. As a practicing Attorney, Sickmen has participated in the legal as well as creative producing aspects of the show including obtaining IP rights, collaboration agreements, budgets, finance, technical, and developmental direction of the production. He is a Fellow of the Commercial Theater Institute and a member of the Broadway League.

Jesse Warkentin

Jesse Warkentin (Musical Director)

Jesse Warkentin has toured nationally with WICKED and CINDERELLA, premiered new musicals at the New York Musical Festival, music directed showcases for New York songwriters, as well as productions at North Shore Theater By The Sea, and Music Theater Wichita, as well as other regional theaters. Jesse has been featured with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It is truly an honor to work on this very special musical. Thank you Barbara, Roger, Ron and Paul.

Jordon Ross Weinhold

Jordon Ross Weinhold (Orchestrator)

Jordon Ross Weinhold began his career orchestrating the world premiere of Ed Dixon's CLOAK AND DAGGER at Signature Theatre, directed by Eric Schaeffer. His orchestrations have included SHYLOCK (Ed Dixon), THE COBALTEANS (Ben Chavez and Yianni Papadimis, NYMF ), TOULOUSE! THE MUSICAL (Josh Walker), Neil Simon's FOOLS, ANNIE (London), INTO THE WOODS (Harvard University), SWEENEY TODD (Tulane University), and GLEE'S Alex Newell in Concert. Compositions being developed include THE PRISONER OF ZENDA and SPECTRUMS.

William Linster

William Linster (Transposer & Arranger)

William Linster (Original Transposer/Additional Arranger) is completing studies at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. A multi-Instrumentalist and Vocalist, his numerous performance credits include playing Liberace's pianos at the Liberace museum in Las Vegas at the age of ten. He has an extensive background in musical theater, above and below the stage, and is currently in the process of composing a musical adaptation of an iconic film in collaboration with Hollywood veteran, Lawrence Alexander.

Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director)

Stephanie Klapper's work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film and the Internet. In addition to being the resident Casting Director for Primary  Stages in New York, she works with numerous companies such as the New York Classical Theater and Pearl Theater Company. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and League of Professional Theater Women.

Keith A. Truax (Lighting Designer)

Keith A. Truax (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining the company of BEN, VIRGINIA, AND ME (The Liberace Musical). Past credits include John W. Engeman’s JEKYLL & HYDE, Pittsburgh CLO’s PUMPBOYS AND DINETTES, THE TOXIC AVENGER, FIRST DATE, and ALTAR BOYZ. PICT Classic Theatre’s THE LION IN WINTER, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, TWO TALES OF TERROR, OLIVER TWIST, SHARON'S GRAVE, and WOMEN AND SCARECROW. NYC - WALKEN ON SUNSHINE, and OTHELLO: THE REMIX. keithtruax.com

Kevan Loney (Projections Designer)

Kevan Loney (Projections Designer) Recent works include PHASES: A LUNAR FANTASY (Peabody Essex Museum), TOSCA (Fort Wayne Philharmonic), THE TRIAL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT (The Lion), ICON (NYMF), SHOW BOAT (CITI Shubert Theatre), GERTRUDE STEIN SAINTS! (Abrons Arts Center), MACK AND MABEL (Stages Repertory Theatre), ALTAR BOYZ (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), CHANG(E) (HERE Arts Center). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama - M.F.A. in Video and Media Design. KevanLoney.com

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King (General Management) has general managed more than seventy professional productions and hundreds of special events. Upcoming Off-Broadway 2017: THE CRUSADE OF CONNOR STEPHENS and A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK. Lisa is the BFA Theatre Management Program Director at the University of Miami, the General Manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, and the founding Managing Director of the new company, Miami New Drama, which operates the 400 seat Colony Theatre.

Lawrence Alexander

Lawrence Alexander (Dramaturg)

Lawrence Alexander began his career contributing songs to several off-Broadway revues performed by the future producer of Beautiful, Paul  Blake.  He and composer Billy Goldenberg wrote the score for the Lincoln Center production of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, libretto by Bradbury.  Alexander wrote director Jon Avidsen’s feature The Stoolie starring Jackie Mason and over 130 episodes of major network TV series.   He is the author of Lillian Hellman in Bloomingdale’s, available through Amazon books.

Michele Kole

Michele Kole (Dramaturg)

Michele Kole recently earned her Masters Degree in Theater from Hunter College. Her performances include THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Amya), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Laura), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), PICNIC (Milly), GOD'S EAR (Lanie), and THIS US OUR YOUTH (Jessica). She has also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and completed Brown University Theater Bridge program. In her capacity as Executive Assistant to a Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, she has been involved in various theater productions, both on and Off-Broadway.