I AM ALIVE - the musical


I AM ALIVE is an original dramatic musical inspired by the harrowing stories of surviving the Armenian Genocide - the first genocide of the 20th century. I AM ALIVE music, book and lyrics is written by Emmy® Award winning composer Denise Gentilini and internationally celebrated singer songwriter Lisa Nemzo. This is a love story of nearly seventy five years, inspired by Ms. Gentilini's grandparents Kourken and Malvine Handjian.

The world premier of I AM ALIVE was presented in Denver, Colorado on April 21, 2015 and again this year, April 29, 2016. Under the guidance of award winning director Christy Montour-Larson and produced by Well Orchestrated Madness, an amazing team of talented professionals add their expertise in the area of costume, sound and lighting design, choreography and staging. Denise orchestrated and recorded the music tracks that serve as the powerful underscore to this dramatic and beautiful musical.

With the continued fiscal sponsorship of Armenians of Colorado, Inc. (a non-profit 501(c)(3), (ArmeniansofColorado.org) it is our hope that we can solicit tax deductible donations to help us to continue to tell this important story and most importantly, to educate. For more information, please email Denise at Linitunes@aol.com.

Please watch our 5 minute promotional video as well as our Audience Response testimonial video. Audiences are really responding positively to this story and are grateful to be learning about this part of history they knew nothing about.

It is our hope to bring an amazing premiere presentation of I Am Alive to every city in the United States culminating with a performance in Armenia.

Denise talks about I AM ALIVE:

“On January 6, 2014, the Epiphany and what would have been my grandfather's 107th birthday, I decided to compose an anthem in anticipation of the 100 year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. This song, I AM ALIVE, would become the theme and the finale for our musical, I AM ALIVE. Inspired by the very words spoken by my grandparents, my co-creator Lisa Nemzo and I set about writing our first dramatic theatrical musical. The intention was not only to tell of the horrors and bring awareness to the genocide but to celebrate survival, triumph and love.

As we presented the premier of I AM ALIVE here in Denver on April 21, 2015, I was moved by the Armenians in attendance and how they responded to this sometimes difficult but important telling of history. In this unique container of staged musical we are not only presenting the story of two individuals but also a history and experience of every genocide survivor in every genocide. We fully intend to take I AM ALIVE to all corners of this nation and the world.

To the April 2016 presentation of I AM ALIVE, in partnership with Mike’s Camera, we added the 29 panel exhibit, "Lest They Perish" (America We Thank You: An Armenian Tribute to Near East Relief, An ANCA WR Initiative) honoring the 100th anniversary of Near East Relief. This exhibit will travel with the production and continue to create a full educational experience bringing awareness to the participation of the United States in their quest to help the "starving Armenians" during the genocide and WWI.

To demonstrate our commitment to this project, we have invested in excess of $100,000 thus far with only a fraction returned to us by generous donors (through our Fiscal Sponsor, Armenians of Colorado, Inc.) and ticket revenue. While daunting, this does not keep us from moving this project forward. Audience response supports our intention to ensure a long life for I AM ALIVE. Please join us on this amazing journey."