BOLEYN is a new musical currently being developed in New York City. With music and lyrics by Jessy Tomsko and book by Steve Tomsko, it tells the story of Anne Boleyn - one of England's most famous (and infamous) queens, second wife to Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I.
While Anne Boleyn has been villainized in the past, we are presenting her in a new light, placing her as the protagonist in her own story, as a woman who was determined to control her own fate. She was a free-thinking, highly intelligent and powerful woman, far ahead of her time, and in the end she paid the ultimate price for exercising her strength and courage in a world ruled by men. Through the story, we experience the shift from Catholicism to the Church of England, as Henry’s love for Anne inspires him to take all measures possible to annul his marriage to Katherine. Through it all, Anne was an active player in her destiny, and her refusal to be a mistress was radical in a time when Kings were expected to have multiple mistresses, and it was not wise to say no to the King. Anne envisioned herself as a political force, and her interest in the King was driven by love, ambition, and radical ideas for a new way of governing. The nature of her tragic downfall set forth by Henry and his advisors -- the twisting of truth and propagandist lies for political gain -- is sadly not all too foreign from what we are experiencing today.
We envision the musical coming to life as a meshing of past and present - a sort of "folky guitar meets harpsichord" blend that carries this 500 year old story through the centuries right into our present day. We as a team are now currently in the early development process of getting this show on its feet, having finally arrived at a full working draft after a three year writing process. Stay tuned for developments as we move forward!
JESSY TOMSKO (Composer, Lyricist)
Jessy Tomsko is a composer, singer/songwriter, music teacher, and vocal coach in New York City. She has independently released several albums, EPs, and singles, and has performed at many of the prominent East coast music halls and festivals, such as Musikfest Cafe, World Cafe Live, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Passim, The Rams Head On Stage, Pittsburgh Winery, Sellersville Theatre, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist Finalist), Musikfest, and the NJ Folk Festival (Emerging Artist Winner). She was a featured vocalist on The Book of Rounds by October Project, was a featured performer in Sesame Street’s Leslie Carrara-Rudolph’s Halloween Cabaret “Moonlight Madness”, and in 2017 Jessy made her Carnegie Hall debut. She is a co-founder of NYC semi-professional a cappella group The Lost Keys, and she is now combining her love of folk music, musical theatre, and history in her first original musical BOLEYN.
STEVE TOMSKO (Bookwriter)
Steve Tomsko has been a devoted writer and a dedicated student of history for most of his life, ever since his college days where he was immersed in Shakespeare and Hemingway. Though he has spent his working career as an Information Technology professional, he has never lost his desire nor his dedication to write and to learn and to bring those passions together in historical fiction. He has had short stories published in literary magazines, and continues to merge his writing aspirations and interest in history with a goal of leaving the “world of IT” far behind and living the dream of a being a successful writer.
MIA WALKER (Director)
Broadway/National Tour: Pippin (Broadway Asst. Director, Tour Director of 2nd Nat’l); Finding Neverland (Broadway/1st Nat’l Associate Director, Tour Director of current Nat’l); Waitress (Associate Director); Porgy & Bess (Asst. Director). Off-Broadway/Regional Directing: Into the Wild (Encore Theatre); Camp Wanatachi (NYMF); Normativity (NYMF); Resident Director, The Flea. Not Cool, a short film Mia directed, screened at the Soho Short Film Festival and LA Indie Film Fest. Mia is Associate Director of the new Broadway bound musical Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.), and she is currently developing an original digital series. Drama League Fellow 2018-2019. B.A. Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com
ADAM MICHAEL KAUFMAN (Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director)
BROADWAY: Waitress (Associate Music Supervisor/keyboards), 13 The Musical (keyboards), Pippin (sub musician), Book Of Mormon (rehearsal pianist), BCEFA Gypsy Of The Year/Easter Bonnet Opening Number (Orchestrations), TV/FILM: From Broadway With Love PBS (co-orchestrator), The Last Five Years (rehearsal pianist). OFF-BROADWAY: Hamilton (rehearsal pianist), Piece Of My Heart (Associate Music Director), Foreverman (co-orchestrator. 2012 Outstanding Orchestrations NYMF), Normativity (Music Supervision/Orchestrations NYMF). CONCERTS/BENEFITS: You Gotta Believe (Orchestrations for Darren Criss & Seth Rudetsky), Carols For A Cure (Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements for Sara Bareilles’ song, Love Is Christmas).