By Sophie Needelman
Tom Wilson Weinberg is a composer of musical theater, a pianist and cabaret performer. He began playing piano as a child and writing songs in high school and college. He studied music in college but his primary education and experience has been writing songs for and performing in undergraduate musical revues. Tom’s solo recordings Gay Name Game and All-American Boy consisted of gay-themed songs, as did the musical revues which followed, Ten Percent Revue and Get Used To It. The influence for most of his songs comes directly from LGBT issues, struggles and successes. He always tries to inject humor and satire in the material, poking fun at our own community and the larger world. The shows have always been community events, often benefits for LGBT organizations and causes. When Tom is writing new material he thinks of a queer audience but has always been joined by non-gay friends and relatives. His primary project right now is a musical about the relationship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, and is working with playwright Peggy Stafford and director Darren Katz. For this show the trio envisions a theater audience of all kinds of people interested in the Roosevelt era and a quirky bittersweet romantic story that many will find familiar. He also develops and performs cabaret shows with Melissa Kolczynski, a talented singer/actress. They perform his songs and his favorites from other composers, usually in gay venues.
To catch Tom in action, check out the show Cabaret Crime with Melissa Kolczynski and Tom Wilson Weinberg, Saturday, November 12, 2011, at the Willie Way Cabaret, 1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia. In the meantime, visit his website www.tomwilsonweinberg.com