The Story of My Life
Seabreeze Productions, Inc.

W-E, The Musical (West Meets East)

"There are many stories about following ones dreams.  What makes W-E different is the life that it explores and openly shares with the audience.   W-E is fresh and inspiring, full of intriguing adventures and difficult choices made by a teenager.   The story reveals a few left turns in life.  What emerges is a young woman determined to capture the life once dreamed of by a young girl. 

The lyrics and music are heartfelt, sung with emotions that are true to the core.  The banter between the lead characters, a Broadway veteran and his young protegee from Georgia by way Russia, then England and finally America, is fun and thought provoking.  I believe that audiences will relate to W-E and take a moment to examine the story of their own lives.  I think people will be inspired to take charge of their destiny and make a change if necessary to re-capture their dream.  It is never to late." -- Donna Lynn Burns, Co-Producer of W-E

W-E (West meets East) premiered on July 2, 2012 at the Triad in NYC
On June 19th 2000, an unlikely yet destined musical bond was formed when a young Russian/Georgian singer met an older African American NY musician. This is the story of their humorous life-altering meetings.

"W-E" is a true story that was inspired by Tinatin Japaridze’s much-anticipated memoir, Beyond Borders, currently in the works alongside Chuck Taylor, a renowned author and journalist, former Sr. Correspondent for Billboard Magazine. The upcoming memoir is a fascinating story of a girl’s journey through the Iron Curtain when the Great American Songbook was a forbidden fruit…to all but one Soviet child with an all-American dream.

W-E is the story of how different ages and cultures can come together to make beautiful music. As told through the comic, informative and life-changing encounters of Tinatin Japaridze and Mr. Graphenreed and Tinatin's ongoing pen pal relationship with Academy award winning musician Dave Grusin. Truly a story of West meets East.  

Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, New York, NY
Tinatin Japaridze is an acclaimed Georgian-born vocalist, songwriter, author, journalist and radio personality. In 2009, her composition “Is It True” was the runner-up among 42 global entries at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow, hailed shortly thereafter as the #1 Eurovision Song in the history of the contest, earning Tinatin her first pan-European hit. Tinatin subsequently signed a worldwide deal with Kobalt Publishing, one of the leading music publishers and home to the likes of Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, to name but a few.

Her debut single “We the Peoples,” based on the United Nations Charter, is the only UN anthem endorsed by the organization’s top officials, and led Tinatin to be named one of 2008′s “Artists To Watch” in Billboard magazine. For several years she has also hosted and produced her own radio show for UN Radio in New York.

W-E is a true story that was inspired by Tinatin’s much-anticipated memoir, Beyond Borders, currently in the works alongside Chuck Taylor, a renowned author and journalist, former Sr. Correspondent for Billboard Magazine. The upcoming memoir is a fascinating story of a girl’s journey through the Iron Curtain when the Great American Songbook was a forbidden fruit…to all but one Soviet child with an all-American dream.
Timothy Graphenreed Musical Director, Arranger, and Show Pianist is best known for composing The Tornado, The Funky Monky, and Emerald City Ballet in the Mega Broadway hit “The Wiz”. 

He is a member of ASCAP and has worked with several multi-talented Directors/ Choreographers including Michael Peters, Maurice Hines, Pat Birch, Hinton Battle, Louis Johnson, Debbie Allen, Otis Sallid and of course, Tony Award winning George Faison. He has also worked with or done arrangements for several Notables including the late Gregory Hines; Jennifer Holiday; Phylicia Rashad; Jeff Goldblum; Robert Downey, Jr.; Maya Angelou; Valerie Simpson; Darlene Love; Morgan Freeman; Charles Strouse; Ben Vereen; Melba Moore; Lalo Shriffin; Nick Ashford; Peobo Bryson and Patti Austin to name a few.

Mr. Graphenreed has the distinct pleasure of having done vocal arrangements for 4 African American TONY Awards winners:
  • Lillias White, Broadway's Prestigious Quadruple Crown -- Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Peoples Choice Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical -- “The Life.”
  • Hinton Battle, triple TONY award winner
  • Adriane Lenox, best featured actress in a Play for "Doubt"
  • LaChanze, who trained with him to get her first Broadway show, "Once On This Island" and won the TONY for best lead actress in a musical for "The Color Purple"
Leslie Dockery (Director) made her Broadway directorial debut with Rollin’ on the T.O.B.A. Her directing/choreographing credits include the revival of Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (Tony Award Season/Crossroads Theater) and as associate choreographer for the original workshops of Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Café and Off-Broadway’s Beehive.  Dockery received Audelco Award “Best Choreography” nominations for Off-Broadway’s Little Ham, From My Hometown and in 2010 for The Shaneequa Chronicles. Also in 2010, Ms. Dockery’s choreography was featured in Dr. May Edward Chinn and supported Imani’s Audelco Award win for “Best Director.”

At the National Black Theatre, Ms. Dockery served as choreographer for Moms starring the late great Clarice Taylor and as director/choreographer for Just A Night Out. Ms. Dockery recently directed Cole: Revisited; A Tribute to Nat “King” Cole at the Triad Theatre, which transferred to the RACCA Seaport Salon. She also recently shared a 2010 Bistro Award for Off-Broadway’s Winds of Change for which she served as director. Ms. Dockery’s future Broadway and regional projects include 70’s funk musical, The Funkentine Rapture, a 2011 Florida tour of Bosom Buddies starring Carol Woods and a tribute to the late Eartha Kitt, Eartha and Me in 2012.

As a performer, Leslie Dockery appeared in the Broadway productions of Eubie!, Sophisticated Ladies, The Tap Dance Kid and Amen Corner. In addition Ms. Dockery worked with Cab Calloway on two productions of Bubbling Brown Sugar, “Mother Superior” in  “Agnes of God” produced by the DeBradley Culture and starred in her own critically acclaimed one-woman show at the Lambs Theatre, Barbara’s Keys.

Gwen Gilliam (Stage Manager) Broadway and Tour stage management credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk, Topdog/Underdog, Chicago, and Fela!.  Ms. Gilliam is currently producer for the nonprofit organization Project1Voice, a national performing arts service organization, advocating on issues that specifically affect Black theater. In addition, Ms. Gilliam has managed events for numerous charities and corporations including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Merrill Lynch, New Line Cinema and NMSDC.

J David MooreJ. David Moore (W-E, Co-Producer) is a Nationally recognized Educator and published Author. He is an Advocate for the Integration of Technology through Project Based Learning. During the Clinton administration, Mr. Moore visited over 500 schools and traveled the country to serve on numerous grant-writing panels to raise funding to provide inner city schools with technology and wiring. It was his passion. 

In 1995, he received an Outstanding Educator Award from President Clinton.  His Second Grade inner city class in Memphis, Tennessee earned a Guinness Book of World Record for building the World's Largest Salami Sandwich (76 feet) while feeding 187 homeless men and women.  Proving, "We can all do giant things!" 

 Mr. Moore has been involved with many grant initiatives, most proudly, a $5 million award from AT&T. Seven elementary schools, were trained by Blues musicians from Beale Street/Blues Era. Professional musicians in Memphis, Tennessee taught hundreds of children to play instruments, use technology, and sing vocals. For nearly a decade, he has worked with the community of St. Croix USVI to expand Arts Education with the youth, and created an Island Wide initiative to “Get to know the 4 Arts”. Mr. Moore promotes healthy eating through his salads as a volunteer at a homeless shelter kitchen in his community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  He is the author of a new children’s book series about Hamilton, a young boy who learns many important lessons through life’s adventures.  Mr. Moore lives with his cat Croix, is very proud of his grandchildren, and is very grateful for the last 11 years. 

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