Part of the SHORT MUSICALS NOW COLLECTION
Book & Lyrics by Talaura Harms, Music by Jonathan Bauerfeld
Charlotte is secretly in love with the librarian. She rejects the idea of romance until three of literature's "greatest" lovers escape from their books to convince her to take a chance on love.
Charlotte sits at a library table surrounded by stacks of books. She peers over a book at something offstage, or rather, at someone offstage. Dewey, the librarian, enters with a stack of books and tells Charlotte that he's just shelved some new romance novels. (Is he flirting?) She shudders at the idea of reading a ridiculous romance. Dewey leaves, feeling stupid that he suggested it. Charlotte sings “ROMANCE IS…” her declaration that love is a 'silly old convention' and she prefers the intrigue and excitement of other literary genres.
Charlotte's protestations of love awaken three ghosts from the bookshelves. Cyrano De Bergarac, Helen of Troy, and Juliet Capulet materialize, announcing themselves as "literature's greatest lovers" who have been summoned to help Charlotte in her affairs of the heart. With a little convincing from the Book Ghost Trio, Charlotte realizes that she is in love with Dewey, but doesn't have any notion what to do about it. The Book Ghost Trio advises with “WOO HIM MY WAY”, each giving her (really bad) advice from their own love stories.
Charlotte recognizes that their advice is terrible and led to the end of each of their tragic romances, and refuses to do anything. The Book Ghost Trio sings “REWRITE THE STORY” to convince Charlotte to take a chance on love and show each of them that love can, indeed, have a happy ending. Dewey enters just as Charlotte is almost persuaded to go for it. She awkwardly flirts, and in a panic begins to woo using the Book Ghost Trio's initially suggested (terrible) ways. Dewey is charmed, as a surprise entrance from his own Book Ghost, reveals that he's been getting bad advice all along, too!
CHARLOTTE: A book lover. She probably drinks tea and has cats. Mixed/Belter, A2 - E4
DEWEY: A librarian. No one understands the jokes on his t-shirts. Tenor, C2-G3
CYRANO DE BERGERAC: Puts on airs. Big nose. Tenor, C2-G3
HELEN OF TROY: Brassy. Beautiful. Alto/Belter, G#2-D4
JULIET CAPULET: Innocent. Obsessed with death. Mixed/Soprano, C3 - E4
HESTER PRYNNE: A loose woman. Character voice. Chorus.
SIR LANCELOT: Oh man. This dude. Character voice. Chorus.
2018 - Book Lovers was written as a final presentation for the First Year BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. It was presented as a reading with limited costumes and movement at BMI in New York City.
2019 - First full production in Theatre Now's SOUND BITES 6.0 Festival, performing at the Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC.
TALAURA HARMS is a New York City based writer and actor. As a writer, her work has appeared at ESPA Detention and Across A Crowded Room at NYPL Performing Arts, and in print in "105 Five Minute Plays." As an actor, she has performed in readings, workshops, and productions with Primary Stages, The Pearl, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Stable Cable, among others. She is the Playbill.com Vault Manager and a BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop lyricist. Proud member AEA and Dramatists Guild.
JONATHAN BAUERFELD is a New York based musical theater composer, orchestrator, and music director. Selected credits: INTERNATIONAL: Legacy: The Book of Names (Composer, Edinburgh Fringe); Limbo: The Twelve (Composer, Edinburgh Fringe). OFF-BROADWAY: If Sand Were Stone (Arranger/Orchestrator, NYMF); The Pout-Pout Fish (Music Director/Arranger, New Victory Theater); Single Rider (Music Director/Orchestrator, The Player’s Theater). CHICAGO: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors (Composer, Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Graduate of Northwestern University, and a proud member of Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and Theatre Now’s Musical Writer Lab. www.jonathanbauerfeld.com.