Broadway’s new writing duo Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart release the “Never Forget Who You Are” music video from their upcoming musical about peaceful political resistance, inspired by the true story of the 1987-1991 Estonian “Singing Revolution.” “Singing Revolution: the Musical” writing duo Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart
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Estonian Life No. 43 2020
are thrilled to announce the world premiere of the “Never Forget Who You Are”
music video, directed and produced by Vivian Säde
. The song, performed by Estonian actress and singer, Kristi Roosmaa
, is written by Spinosa and Bearhart and speaks to the importance of embracing your true values in life.
“When James & I wrote ‘Never Forget Who You Are’, we had no idea that the theme of this song would resonate so loudly with the current climate here in the United States,” said Spinosa. “This song illuminates the power of peaceful resistance, the importance of standing up for social justice, and serves as a poignant reminder that standing up for what you believe in can help heal a nation.”
“Singing Revolution” is a contemporary musical with a Europop score set to premiere in Los Angeles in 2021.
It's a story of “Taavi Tamm
,” the leader of a resistance movement, who falls in love with the daughter of his enemy. Inspired by the real history of the Estonian revolution against the Soviet Union, our hero peacefully leads his fellow countrymen to freedom through the power of song.
The video for “Never Forget Who You Are” was shot in Estonia over the summer with an American-Estonian collaboration, and marks Kristi Roosmaa’s music video debut.
“It is always an honor to bring life to a song and to be able to do it in Estonia surrounded by the history of the story and the land I grew up in was thrilling,” stated Roosmaa. “I was given a lot of freedom while crafting this beautiful song into something that I hope will bring joy and a sense of hope to listeners during these trying times.”
The Singing Revolution multicultural creative team includes Estonian origin marketing and branding specialist Valev Laube
of The VL Studios
and Broadway-bound musician Harrison Beck
as an orchestrator. The music video is sponsored by the historical Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
and Estonian designer Liina Stein
More info about Singing Revolution: the Musical https://singingrevolutionthemusical.comAbout Kristi Roosmaa
Estonian-born actress and singer Kristi Roosmaa’s
latest career highlights include performing with Residente feat. Bad Bunny
on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,”
singing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall
, and appearing in numerous off-Broadway shows and indie films. Most recently, she has been noted for producing and starring in the heartfelt, award-winning indie short film “Wildflower,”
which premiered at the FirstGlance Film Festival
in Los Angeles, CA in March 2020.About Tony SpinosaTony Spinosa
was a Resident Director on Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles
2010 and an Associate Producer on Thoroughly Modern Millie in Concert, Bombshell in Concert, [Title of Show] in Concert, They’re Playing Our Song in Concert
. As a director/choreographer, Tony’s award-winning work includes Newsies, West Side Story, Cats, Charlies Chang
, and The Mysterious Salami
. About James BearhartJames Bearhart
is a screenwriter, actor, director, and playwright, who is originally from Ireland and currently a Sloan fellow at the American Film Institute. He most recently performed in a gender-swapped production of “Hamlet”
at The Tank Theater
, Manhattan.About Vivian SädeVivian Säde
is an emerging screenwriter, director, and producer from Estonia. She graduated cum laude from the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School at Tallinn University and is currently pursuing her Masters’ degree in Screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University.