Tom Willner | Turning Thirty, The Musical - Live Debut

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Turning Thirty, The Musical - Live Debut

by Tom Willner

The live debut performance of a musical based on Willner's personal experience with testicular cancer. Powerful music that spans the emotions cancer survivors experience, from fear and denial to determination and triumph.
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1. Life Is Good
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2. For A Child
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3. Your Number's Up
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4. Have A Ball
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5. Hurry Up And Wait
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6. How Could This Be
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7. The Best Job In the World
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8. We Will Face This Foe
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9. Get Through This With You
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10. Masturbating In A Cup
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11. The Battle
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12. I'm Here For You
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13. Sometimes
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14. Not Done Yet
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15. Poison
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16. For A Child 2
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17. Life Is Good Finale
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Playwright and musician Tom Willner didn’t let a diagnosis of testicular cancer get him down. Instead, he let his illness inspire a series of songs that became the musical, “Turning Thirty,” and this live debut performance raised over $1000 for the American Cancer Society.

Based on his personal experience with cancer, Willner penned a play that speaks to anyone whose life has ever been touched by the dreaded disease - and that would be most of us. “Turning Thirty” hits all the emotions cancer survivors experience, from fear and denial to determination and triumph.

Opening with the song “Life is Good,” the play demonstrates how quickly one’s life can change, especially for someone just leaving the twenties behind. Testicular cancer is particularly painful because it often robs its victims of the ability to have children, a subject addressed in the song “For A Child.”

While not a funny topic, Willner has managed to poke fun at his cancer, which he turns into the character “TC.” And yes, TC sings - “The Best Job in the World” is especially effective, delivered with a Grinch-like quality that makes you want to throw tomatoes at the character.

“Have a Ball” and “Masturbating in a Cup” have the audience giggling behind their hands, not quite sure how it is possible to actually laugh about the indignities inherent with this particular disease.

The play’s finale is a return to the opening tune, “Life is Good,” which is a reminder to us all that not only is life good, but it is precious and not to be taken for granted.

Willner is passionate about music. He began piano and organ lessons at age six and continued studying for a decade. As a teen, he began experimenting with music to determine where he wanted to go in the field. He wrote and recorded songs, and performed by himself and in various groups throughout high school and college. His diagnosis of testicular cancer came just after his thirtieth birthday. As a coping mechanism, Tom wrote songs about the experience and eventually turned those songs into a musical play that touches and entertains audiences whenever it is performed.

Featured performers include:
Tom Willner as Conlan
Kristi Budd as Halle
Pam Duncan as TC
Jose Cordero as Dr. Saxon and The Wizard

Band members include:
Tom Willner - piano
Lee Nunn - bass
Adam Coletta - guitar
Lee Hansen - sax, flute, trumpet, keyboard
Talmadge Hickman - drums

"Seeing things differently is the guiding principle behind 'Turning Thirty,' which attempts to do for cancer what the Tony Award-winning musicals 'Next to Normal' and 'Rent' did for bipolar disorder and people living with HIV, respectively. Set it to music... Similarly, Willner's score packs emotional wallops along with punch lines."
- Jill Vejnoska, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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