CREATIVE VISIONConsoulation: A Musical Meditation

Consoulation: A Musical Meditation is an original musical written and composed by Bryan Schwartz. The play debuted at Winnipeg’s Gas Station Theatre from Apr 23-27, 2018. Consoulation is an eccentric, shocking and a spiritually eye opening experience and has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press and Global News, among other media. Read more about Consoulation here.

“I saw the show last night and it’s terrific! It is really a great, great journey.”

Geoff Currier

Review of “Consoulation: A Meditation Musical” on CJNU radio

“Schwartz clearly writes from his heart – and soul – and his first musical venture not only reveals a budding Sondheim in our midst, but also serves as an ever-timely reminder of the profound comfort and healing power of art.”

Holly Harris

Review of “Consoulation: A Meditation Musical” from the Jewish Post

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Welcome to Consoulation!  

Scroll down, and you can:

  • Listen to the individual songs on SoundCloud for free
  • Get links to your favorite streaming services – Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
  • Enjoy the newly launched interactive experience of Consoulation  – stay at this site and listen to the songs, read the lyrics, and read the screenplay!
  • Buy the songs at the store and download them
  • Buy the whole interactive version at the store and download it
  • Click the “books” tab and order the hardcopy from Amazon with all the lyrics and images

The live stage show version of Consoulation appeared in 2018 in Winnipeg,  Canada, with a cast of four, and received outstanding reviews.  The music and books are now available via Amazon.com and streaming services worldwide.

A Musical Theatre story about faith, realism, and the consolation of art.

The story:

A middle-aged man, Issac, has just learned that his father passes away.  His own little son asks “is your father in heaven?”.

Isaac retraces, through narrative and song, his own journal through life. He is torn between a wish to believe and a grim realism.  As he grows as a creative artist, he asks whether faith is only art – and ultimately whether art itself can be a form of consolation.

It is the story of Isaac Erevan, a middle-aged Jewish man who has just lost his father, and who responds to his own son’s question, “Is your father in Heaven?” with stories and songs as he reflects back on his own life, his father’s and of generations. The original songs are variously moving, funny, wistful and searching.

There is a narrative drive in Consoulation.   From hearing a mother’s lullaby at the beginning to ultimately creating his own songs,  Isaac’s experiences and creations, prepare him for the response to his little boy’s question.   The tales, original poems, and dozens of songs that fill Consoulation are all presented as part of the quest.

 “It is really a great, great journey.” 

“Schwartz clearly writes from his heart – and soul – and his first musical venture not only reveals a budding Sondheim in our midst, but also serves as an ever-timely reminder of the profound comfort and healing power of art.”  

Preview the Interactive Version – RIGHT HERE ↓

Simply use the PREV and NEXT page buttons to advance through the book.
Before reading the page content, click the ORANGE button to begin playing the music for that section!
Follow along the lyrics as you listen to the music unfold in a Sacred journey!

This live stage show version of Consoulation premiered in 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada, with a cast of four, and received outstanding reviews. Those attending the premiere run were able to acquire a studio-produced CD and a book version of the show. Now, in 2023, the music and books are available in a variety of formats, including downloads from this at his site and from online streaming services, and purchase of the physical CD and book from places like Amazon.com. The story: A middle-aged man, Issac, has just learned that his father passes away. His own little son asks “is your father in heaven”. Isaac retraces, through narrative and song, his own journal through life. He is torn between a wish to believe and a grim realism. As he grows as a creative artist, he asks whether faith is only art – and ultimately whether art itself can be a form of consolation. There is a narrative drive in Consoulation. From hearing a mother’s lullaby at the beginning to ultimately creating his own songs, Isaac’s experiences and creations, prepare him for the response to his little boy’s question. The tales, original poems, and dozens of songs that fill Consoulation are all presented as part of the quest. We hope you enjoy the show!

See the first 18 minutes of the archival show! Full version available upon request.


Artwork credit: Israeli artist Eduard Grossman

CONSOULATION – READ THE LYRICS

Download Consoulation Lyrics