Men with Money
book & lyrics by Bill Nelson
music and additional lyrics by Joseph Trefler
It’s dazzling, Technicolor 1952 Manhattan where Men with Money reclaims history by setting itself in a fantasy reality in which it’s okay to be gay, and people of all colors and genders are treated equally. In this big-hearted, big-energy, Golden-Age-of-Broadway-style romantic romp, three young men—two gay and one straight—form a pact to change their perpetually bad financial luck by marrying rich. Can they pull it off or will true love get in their way?
Premiered at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Georgia, 2019.
Developed at BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, NYU, Musical Theatre Factory, New York Theatre Barn, Western Carolina University (reading directed by Terrence Mann), MuSE
NAMT Festival finalist.
music by Anna K. Jacobs, book & lyrics by Bill Nelson
With a lively, soulful score, Harmony, Kansas tells the story of Heath, a gay farmer making his way in a rural community where it pays to blend in. When his city-born partner, Julian, talks him into joining a spirited group of gay guys who meet once a week to sing, Heath discovers a love for making music and a kinship he didn't expect. But his world is turned upside down when the group considers performing in public, threatening everything that matters to him, including the life he’s made with the man he loves.
After receiving its second reading at Goodspeed’s Festival of New Artists, the show had its premiere production at the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego, ((four SCENIE Awards, three San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nominations). NAMT Festival finalist.
Bill Nelson's Nutcrackin' Christmas:
An All-Original, Ridiculously Merry Cabaret/Variety Brouhaha!
With some of the greatest composers in New York, Bill Nelson has written the holiday songs you didn’t know you needed. This show will fill you so full of the holiday spirit that you may just stay that way. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on presenting this brouhaha of music & merry mayhem.
Bill Nelson's Big Happy Depression Show!
A Fun, Funny and Honest Evening of Brand New Songs
Poor, lonely depression is stigmatized and not often talked about despite over sixteen million Americans (including Bill) experiencing its funkiness. This evening of songs—about everything in depression's orbit—livens up the silence. Lyrics are by Bill. Music is by a pantheon of top composers. You might guffaw, possibly learn a little somethin’ new, potentially let a single tear sexily streak down your cheek, and likely leave with joy in your heart and a tune in your head. Contact Bill to present this show.