Part of the From Page to Stage 2018 Season
To Paint the Earth
Book & Lyrics by Daniel F. Levin, Music by Jonathan Portera
To Paint the Earth is the Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical that tells the story of the life of the Jewish Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.
On the early morning of April 19th, 1943, a small band of untrained fighters, using homemade bombs and a few smuggled-in weapons, forced Nazi tanks to turn and retreat. This extraordinary event was to become known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. How they came to this remarkable decision – and how they had to first come together themselves before they could, is the story Paint weaves across a range of families and individuals.
Based on memoirs and first-hand accounts, the musical shows how even after individual hope is lost, a community can still rise and shout to the world, “We are here.”
Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, called the show “a remarkable achievement. [The authors] have managed to convey…a gripping sense of what life was like in the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two. We meet both those in denial, attempting to live a ‘normal life’ in impossible circumstances, and those who, in the same circumstances, became capable of surprising acts of heroism. This unusual and adventurous musical is a deeply moving experience.”
Book & Lyrics
Daniel F. Levin