Berkeley the Musical (BTM) is a brand new telling of the story of the tumultuous ‘60’s as experienced by coming-of-age students at Cal Berkeley and Mills College in Oakland.
The story begins with Jim and Kate who are nearing retirement when they receive invitations in the mail to their 50th high school reunion. Each one wonders if the other will be there. The story then returns to the day they graduated from high school in 1967 and headed off to college.
The central core of their stories are the college experiences of the two and their roommates, Red, Sheila and Barbara. No sooner do they get settled in their dorm rooms than they are thrust into the era of the violent protests and demonstrations around People’s Park, the war in Vietnam, the Back Panthers and more.
While they are at ground zero for many of these events, they still have to plan for their futures and negotiate relationships with friends and family.
In the end Jim and Kate are reunited at the reunion, leading to a grand reunion of the five college friends.
The story is told primarily in first person dialogue and is continuously embedded with some 40 era-iconic original songs.