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.

Episodes

1  The Mills Girl

Kate is reminiscing about her life.  In the mail she receives an invitation to her 50th high school reunion. She wonders if “he” will be there.  (16m)

Songs: Dawn
             I’ve Had a Good Life
 

2  The Berkeley Boy

Jim is thinking about how his life has been.  He walks out to retrieve the mail and sees an invitation to his 50th high school reunion.  He wonders if “she” will be there.  (11m)

Songs:  How Long Has It Been?

 

3  Commencement

Jim and Kate present quite differing valedictorian speeches at their 1967 high school graduation.  They each wonder about college and the future.  (16m)

Songs: Hail to Valedictory,  Brave New World,
            What did You Do for the Summer

4  Welcome to Mills, Welcome to Berkeley

Berkeley Boy Jim, and Mills Girl Kate are off to college together in Jim’s VW bus. It's 1967, and they will soon experience the happenings of the 60s. (15m)

Songs: Mother’s Sendoff, Road Trip, Scotland the Brave 
            Bouree, Welcome to Mills, Welcome to Berkeley

5  The Roommates

Our characters are settling in their college dorms, thinking about their past and their futures.  (18m)

Songs: I Just Had to Do It
             British Sports Car

 

6  Café Midi

Sheila explains her recurring nightmare to Mills Girl Kate.  Then they meet Berkeley Boy Jim at Cafe MIdi as they begin experiencing the changing philosophical and civil rights ideas of the 60s.  (12m)

Songs: Sheila’s Nightmare, Headed for a Bad Spell

7  Now It Begins - Protest

Red decides to attend a sit-in. Jim performs a song he wrote for Kate. Kate tells of her participation in a protest. Jim and Kate struggle to find a quiet place to eat lunch together. (17m)

Songs: Where I Stand with You, Freedom Train
             Bra Burning Pizza

Episode 8 - The People's Park

Jim performs a new song he has written. Red realizes that his student deferment may be essential to his very existence. Jim and Red are aghast at the official reactions to the People’s Park protests. (12 m)

Songs: Song on a May Morning, The Man

Music Videos

Narration

The room was never completely dark even on the darkest of nights.  There was always a hint of light from stars or the moon or even a faint glow reflected from near and distant street lights or the headlights from occasional passing cars...

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We love the Pledge of Allegiance video  

We love the Pledge of Allegiance video 

WOW!!!  The song is great.    AP 

Very cool! Congratulations!   SL 

Thank you for sending this, Phil.  I look forward to more.   KB 

Wow, what a ton of triumphant musical work  AR 

very well done... beautiful and of course moving.  I await the final musical my friend.  RB 

How wonderful!  Congratulations and best wishes.Thanks for including me in your announcement.   DE

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