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Big Burtha! - The Musical

Updated on May 6, 2013
A few things gathered from around my work space.
A few things gathered from around my work space.

A Work in Progress

Because this is a work in progress I will be updating this page from time to time to include new recordings, videos, lyrics, information, etc. You can always check the top of this page to see what has been updated last.

Last Updated: 5/6/13 - Title updated and news on the name changed.


World Premiere and Performances of Selections from The Frog Prince (Later renamed Big Burtha! - The Musical):

  • Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:00pm (First Christian Church - Rockwood, TN)
  • Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:00pm (Roane State Community College Theater - Harriman, TN)
  • Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3:00pm (Roane State Community College Theater - Harriman, TN)

About This Musical

Big Burtha! - The Musical is a new show I am currently working on. I am writing both the story book to accompany the musical as well as the lyrics and music. This is a huge undertaking for me and is by far the biggest composition project I have started yet to date. (The only other big project, which I have long since completed, was to write and publish a band piece. I am happy to say that my original piece, The War of Fantasia for Concert Band, was published in 2007 by Lovebird Music Company. It is currently available for sale on the most popular online sheet music retailer: and that I am very proud of!)

I hope that you will take the time to look over my lyrics and music. On February 5, 2011 I entered a professional studio to get some of these songs done!

Thank you!

Song List:

Here are a list of the current tunes that are in the works. The main theme of the musical is I Just Want to Be Free. There will be elements of beauty with lots of humor along the way.

Tunes from The Frog Prince:

  • The Prince is Coming
  • I Just Want to Be Free
  • (I Can Be Your) Prince Charming
  • Skinny Dipping
  • Man of Your Dreams
  • Big Burtha

The Music - An Overview:

These are some thoughts I wrote down pertaining to my musical goals for this venture.  This particular information can also be found on the website.

The music is what will make or break the musical.  My goals are for it to not only be beautiful and entertaining, but I want it to be catchy and repetitious enough to get stuck in peoples' heads.  So it does need to have some form of simplicity to where people can understand and maybe even relate to.  I also want there to be hints of humor because I feel one of the most important things in musical theater is to get people smiling and laughing.

I would also like for there to be a certain "aww" factor.  And by that I mean I want people to feel captivated and part of the story.  There does need to be drama, but it should never get to the point that people are no longer enjoying the musical.  Considering what I have in mind this should not be an issue.

Once I finish writing even one or two of the main tracks, I wish for there to be immediate action pertaining to recording, presentation, and possibly live performances in a smaller setting.  I think that this will be essencial to get people exited to get involved in some way, even if that means just participating as an audience member once the world premiere happens.

As for the beginning stages of recording, my plan is to have each song professionally recorded at a studio.  Each song will have a demo as well as a track with just the accompanying material.  These recordings serve not only as way to promote the production, but also as a tool for rehearsal purposes.  The performer will be able to hear what the song is suppose to be like and also use the other track for rehearsal and private practice time when live musicians are not available.

I do want some type of small orchestra for this venture.  I had a small ensemble in mind that consisted of a few instruments from each family.  I had a piece recorded once with a nice combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.  There is a lot you can do with such a combination, but I also would like to add a drum set, trumpet, saxophone, and possibly a french horn for the more upbeat tunes.  Also, they would be good for more orchestral colors and a more full ensemble.

I wish to perform this at Roane State Community College.  I think this is a very realistic goal for the simple fact that it is a small school that does several theatrical productions every year including musicals and dance recitals such as the Nutcracker.  There are so many possibilities with all the local talent and resources at my disposal.  It is really an ideal location and I can feel it in my bones that it will work, but that is only if I am dedicated and persistant at making this dream become a reality.  I have no doubt this can and will be a successful adventure, but I have to keep in mind the time and work involved.

Sample Lyrics:

I Just Want to Be Free

I just want to be free.

I need to see the world through my own eyes.

I just want to be free.

I need to fly!

I want to be adventurous,

Conquer all my fear,

Climb every mountain,

And never reappear.

I will search for hidden treasure,

Feel joy beyond measure,

And find my one true love.

Sometimes this life can get you down they say,

and you don't know which road to take.

So you need a leap of faith

'till you find your way.

(I Can Be Your) Prince Charming

I can be your Prince Charming.

I’ll give you money, money.

I’ll love you honey, honey,

All day, all night!

I can give you everything that you need.

All you have to do is put a little faith in me.

And you’ll see, guaranteed,

that I can be your Prince Charming.

The Man of Your Dreams

Oh, can I be the man of your dreams,

the one that wants to take your higher?

And can I be that simple melody,

the one that sooths you might down to sleep?

Oh, can I be the love and your desire,

so that I can hold you close in my arms?

And can I be a shelter from the storm,

a protection and a comfort for thy soul?

My lady, can I be the man of your dreams?

Copyright 2011 - J.P. Dennis

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      John Preston Dennis 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for stopping by. I checked your website out...those are some cool bells you have, but more than likely I would not write them into the musical, but I may add some chimes and different bells when I do the orchestral score for The Frog Prince.

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      Handbell Lover  6 years ago

      This is so cute! You have some real talent here. I am sure girls swoon over this! Have you thought about maybe incorporating handbell sheet music? Just a thought, but that could be cool. . .