2018 Kleban Award Winner – Librettist
- Christian is honored to have been named the recipient of the 2018 Kleban Award for most promising musical theater librettist. He won the award for his work writing the book of My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend. The award is administered by New Dramatists on behalf of the The Kleban Foundation, Inc. More details can be found in the write up in The New York Times.
My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend
- Book and Lyrics by Christian Duhamel
- Music and Lyrics by Edward Bell
- Conceived by Charissa Bertels
**Audiences and critics raved about the world premiere of My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.**
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In this delightful new one-woman musical, Charissa, a quirky, twenty-something actress, meets Milton, a quick-witted, eighty-something millionaire who loves Schubert, Shakespeare, and Dallas BBQ. From a chance encounter to the unlikeliest of friendships, Charissa discovers there’s much she can learn from her surprising new companion. Based on the true story of performer Charissa Bertels, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend reveals the thrill of chasing a dream, the power of living in the now, and all that can happen when we let ourselves say “yes.”
Full-length play, drama
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Laurie is a successful architect and single mother raising her teenage daughter in Colorado Springs. But behind her well-crafted façade, she struggles to connect with those closest to her, especially her daughter, Jocelyn. To cope with the discord and maintain a sense of control, Laurie relies on bourbon and Xanax. When her assistant, Kendra, begins inexplicably transforming into an inanimate object, Laurie’s life begins to unravel, forcing her to face a transformation that hits much closer to home.
Full Length Musical
4 W; 5 M
After a battle with a mutant-hunting robot, a spandax-clad team of mutants tries to prepare their ruined mansion for Christmas guests. But when their mutant friends from across the galaxy begin cancelling their plans to join, the peace of the season hangs in the balance.Learn More