When their parents die of a mysterious illness in their small Welsh village, surviving siblings Thomas, Haydon, and Nettie are forced to fend for themselves. Inspired by the Romani who once shared their home, Haydon heads off to Liverpool, guitar in hand, to find what he's been missing. There he meets a Romani woman, Mirela, who speaks to his wandering soul.
This enchanting story, inspired by the author’s great-great-great grandfather’s journals, is magically recounted by a band of Romani musicians. It challenges prejudices, family relationships, and what it means to embrace the unknown. Through a riveting indie-rock/folk score, "For Tonight" explores the indelible power of home.
BROADWAYWORLD FEATURE: “"The music is a concoction of sound and beat unlike any I've heard before in the theatre…. This is why a story like FOR TONIGHT, based off a cultural climate that far precedes our time, needs to be told in 2019."
HOUSTON PRESS: “…it hits all the right notes, literally and figuratively, adding a fun, unique set of songs not always heard at the theater.”
FRONT ROW REVIEWERS: “A Dazzling World Premiere… I believe that For Tonight is not just for tonight, and I look forward to seeing it staged again.”
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FRONT ROW REVIEWERS: Interview with writer, Spencer Williams
February 2019 - Full Production, Queensbury Theatre, Houston, Texas - Directed by Marley Singletary
February 2017 - Concert Presentation, New York Theatre Barn - New Works Series, New York City, NY - Directed by Joe Barros, musical direction by Shenelle Salcido
October 2015 - Staged Reading, ĭmáGEN Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan - Directed by Joe Barros, musical direction by: David Wendelberger
October 2015 - Concert Presentation (UK Premiere), TheatreFest ‘15, Isle of Man, UK - Directed by Kristene Sutcliffe, musical direction by Drew Wutke
May 2015 - Performance of song, “One Step”, Drewe & Stiles: Best Song Award, Garrick Theatre, London, England - Performed by: Natalie Thorne
January 2015 - Staged Reading, Festival of New Musicals, Goodspeed Musicals, Hartford, Connecticut - Directed by Joe Barros, musical direction by Drew Wutke
July 2014 - Concert Presentation, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre, New York City, New York - Directed by Joe Barros, musical directed by Drew Wutke
July 2014 - Developmental Reading, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Studio Row, New York City, New York - Directed by Joe Barros, musical direction by Drew Wutke
August 2013 - Developmental Reading, SW Theatricals, Atherton, CA - Directed by Spencer Williams, musical direction by Shenelle Salcido
Finalist for New Horizons Music Festival, 2015
Top Ten Best Song 'Drewe & Stiles Best Song Award' - London, England
Nominated for Best New/Original Work - 2015 BroadwayWorld ConnecticutAwards