In the early 2000’s, Elliot & Steven Willensky began to talk about fulfilling a lifelong dream - creating a musical of Elliot’s songs featured between humorous family stories and adventures. In 2010, work began in earnest on Elliot & Me and after 10 years of development, Hudson Theatre Works is proud to stage the world premiere of this enchanting musical.
The real life brothers were born 10 years apart and they developed a very special bond that grew and had been tested over the years. Elliot & Me chronicles their lives and unfolds via a two man show. Elliot is a charming, free-spirited ladies’ man overflowing with talent, joie de vivre, and a knack for driving Steven crazy. The brothers reflect on the volatile ups and downs of their shared experiences: from their raucous “wonder years” growing up in Bayonne, NJ; to the painful conflict when Elliot defies the expectations of his traditional middle-class Jewish family and drops out of medical school; to Elliot’s rise to stardom writing hits for the likes of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Whitney Houston; to Steven’s starry-eyed admiration for his Hollywood lifestyle and, eventually, to their role reversals when Elliot’s career hits a few bumps in the road and needs to rely on Steven for help. There are many layers and unexpected twists and turns in the book written Scott Coulter and Steven Willensky: the love story of brothers, the unmet parental expectations when neither son becomes a doctor, the fine line between success and failure, the willingness to take risks to fulfill dreams, and ultimately the brothers’ realization of what is really important in life.
In addition to eight original numbers, the musical features many of Elliot’s hit songs arranged by Michael Holland including the haunting I’m My Brother’s Keeper, We’ve Got Forever, The Singer, and mega hits If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful and Got to Be There.