R.J. Nestor: Musician & Writer

read screenplays and musicals at daveandrj.com

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Musical Theatre

My collaborator David Scoville and I have written several screenplays and three musicals. This is music I have composed for the theatre.

Golden Horseshoe

Wes, an eighth grader, is struggling with his West Virginia history, and his Dad steps in to help him study. At first they fight: they've been distant the past two months while Dad has mourned the loss of his own father. But soon, Dad sparks Wes's imagination, using Wes's crush on his classmate Rosie to motivate him. Dad, Wes, and Rosie, along with an ensemble of two men and two women, visit and reenact several important moments in West Virginia's history, meeting John Brown, Stonewall Jackson, and even Abraham Lincoln along the way. They learn about the Civil War, the Hatfields and McCoys, and the labor strife between mine owners and coal miners.

Golden Horseshoe premiered on October 24, 2013, at the beautiful Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown

By the Stars

We have collaborated with John Nasca and Glitterati Productions in Chicago to create By the Stars, a 1920s-era extravaganza about the performers in the (fictional) Fillmore Fantasies.

Love's Sick

What happens when you write a show about your ex-girlfriend and she shows up on opening night? Love's Sick answers this question, visiting the "show-within-a-show" concept in a surprising new way. It's funny, it's sweet, and it's painfully real as Jason and Julie say the things they never knew how to say before.

This was my first collaboration with David Scoville on an original project.

Moon Over Buffalo

I composed incidental music (overture, scene changes, etc.) for the Chicago premiere of Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo, produced by Glitterati Productions.