Performed by Christine Dwyer (Wicked- Elphaba, Waitress- Jenna) and Matt DeAngelis (Hair, Waitress), "Munich" is sung by Sophie and Hans Scholl. This is Sophie's first day in Munich and her excitement will not be dimmed by her brother's cynicism or the harsh realities of Nazi Germany. She is hopeful that Munich will provide her with the opportunity to explore new ideas and find her calling in life.
Performed by Gabrielle Filloux (Angela in The Office! A Musical Parody, 1st National Tour; Hartt School alum), "Find My Way Out" has Sophie reflecting on the hometown she left behind to "find her way out" of a life of no meaning or purpose.
Performed by Matt DeAngelis (Hair,Waitress) and Christine Dwyer (Wicked– Elphaba, Waitress- Jenna), "Who Cares?" is sung by the characters Hans and Sophie Scholl. The siblings reflect upon the effects of their efforts to resist Hitler and stand up to Nazi rule. Hans and Sophie wonder if their work will have any impact. “Who Cares?” helps the siblings realize who really cares.
Performed by Nic Rouleau (Book of Mormon), "The Sheep Chose a Wolf" is sung by the character Hans Scholl. When Hans was younger, he eagerly joined the Hitler Youth and became a troop leader. He looks back on those days with shame and regret, but also dread, for he knows that most of the Hitler Youth never saw through the deceit like he did and now they are German soldiers dying for Hitler.
Performed by Christine Dwyer (Wicked– Elphaba, Waitress- Jenna), "A Love Song" is sung by the character Sophie Scholl, who insists that she does not need to be in love to show that she understands love. She is frustrated that women are often defined by who they love, or who loves them; she concludes that the most important love that she has is for herself: who she is and what she does.
Performed by Matt DeAngelis (Hair,Waitress) "To Always Ask Why" is sung by the character Christel Probst, a member of the White Rose resistance group and an army medic. Christel was raised to question things and “always ask why;” therefore, he struggles with the treatment of the Jews under Hitler. His anger and frustration is not simply focused upon Hitler and the Nazis, but his fellow Germans who have allowed this to happen.
Performed by Emily Borromeo (School of Rock, Broadway Bounty Hunter), "Munich" is sung by the character Sophie Scholl. This is Sophie’s first day in Munich and her excitement will not be dimmed by her brother’s cynicism or the harsh reality of Nazi Germany. She is hopeful that Munich will provide her with the opportunity to explore new ideas and find her calling in life. Leaving home is like breaking out of confinement and Sophie is eager to start a new life in Munich.
Performed by Gabrielle Filloux (Angela in The Office! A Musical Parody, 1st National Tour; Hartt School alum), "My Calling" captures the moment Sophie Scholl realizes her true calling: to write resistance leaflets that expose Nazi lies and inspire her fellow Germans to resist Hitler's rule!
Performed by Nic Rouleau (Book of Mormon, Broadway and National Tour), "They're Here, Now" captures the anxiety of Hans Scholl: Although he has recently returned from the horrors of the Russian Front, he is more worried back in Munich...worried for his sister, Sophie, and that fateful "knock on the door" that resistance members dreaded.
Broadwayworld article (2-18-21)
White Rose, The Musical, selected by Play Cafe for a developmental reading series in March, 2021.
Posted February 18th, 2021, on Broadwayworld.com
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fact and fiction
The story is true, and all of the characters are real.
Sophie Scholl arrives in Munich to join her brother, Hans, at the university. Inspired by a rebellious professor, Sophie joins with a group of fellow students to meet, discuss, and eventually carry out their plans for resisting Nazi rule. Sophie is passionate, impulsive, and bold...traits that are dangerous in Hitler's Germany.
In Munich, 1942-43, a small group of university students and a professor organized a daring plan to resist Nazi rule: they wrote and distributed thousands of leaflets detailing Hitler's lies and deception. In a series of leaflets clandestinely spread across Munich, the surrounding areas, and eventually all of Nazi Germany, this daring group encouraged passive resistance and sabotage to undermine the Nazi regime.
gallery of the real heroes
The Real White Rose: Sophie, Hans, Lila, Willi, Christel, Professor Huber
the creative team
White Rose was a true "COVID collaboration." After their first meeting to discuss the project (in New York City), Belding and Brice went their separate ways, geographically, to work. Soon the pandemic hit and forced the team to work exclusively on Zoom.
Brian Belding, book and lyrics
A Dramatists Guild member, Belding combined his love of musical theatre and passion for history, specifically resistance movements, to create White Rose, The Musical. A native of San Francisco, he taught high school history in the Bay Area (and his students can attest to his love of all resistance stories).
Natalie Brice, composer
Natalie is a musician with a tenacity for bringing original works to life. She has developed, musical directed, and accompanied full-length musicals and taught musical theatre. She is committed to encapsulate the camaraderie, youth, adrenaline, celebration, and heart of the White Rose resistance group into her music.