BURN: A Rock Opera

BURN

“This is the next Jesus Christ Superstar” – Michael Burgess / Cdn. Musical Theatre Performer; Star of “Phantom of the Opera”

BURN was originally written as a stage, rock opera.

Cliché as it is to say, this musical is based on one of the greatest stories ever told. The ‘Original’ against-all-odds, trial by fire, balls to the wall story of glory.

Incorruptible faith raises a failing nation to its feet. Under siege from the invading English, this young lady turns the tides of war and the church on its ear.

Joan of Arc, Jeanne D’arc, changes history by saving a nation, creating a king and after her capture, standing against the brutal English tribunal ‘victoriously’.

In the end, she was burned alive for her convictions and heroism.

Believing in the power of love and life, all guns blazing, she accepts her destiny and finds her way “Home”.

Sample Song List and Previews

Track 1: BURN ~ Act II ~ The head of the trial, Cauchon whips the bloodthirsty courtroom into a frenzy with his pledge to destroy Joan and all that she stands for.

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Track 2: The Siege of Orleans ~ Act I ~ After her 1st brilliant victory on the battlefield, Joan rallies the troops and binds them together with her bottomless faith and unchangeable convictions.

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Track 3: To Break Your Will ~ Act I ~ 40 minutes into the act, we are at the waning stage of Joan’s triumphs. Yolande, Tremouille and the weak willed King Charles have a midnight confrontation. Under pressure from Tremouille, Charles betrays Joan. Yolande pledges to save her. Lines are drawn. Yolande secretly turns to Cauchon.

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Track 4: Eternally ~ Act I ~ Joan and Donois, Joan’s captain and champion sing a duet. Though in reality, she has been captured by the English and occupies a prison cell. Dunois’ convictions become clear.

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Track 5: Is It What You Wanted ~ Act II ~ A trial song. Beaupere and Therouanne go hard against Joan. She stands strong.

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Track 6: Who Are You? ~ Act II ~ Joan freezes the courtroom. She addresses false power. She denounces them all.

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Track 7: Inside Out ~ Act II ~ After months of interrogation, Joan, inside her cell is barely holding on. Tormented by her Guard, she hallucinates about her past trials and despairs about her present.

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Track 8: The End Will Come ~ Act II ~ Therouanne confronts Cauchon; he divulges his knowledge of Cauchon’s conspiracy to save Joan and undermine the trial.  Therouanne offers Cauchon one chance to save himself… he must destroy Joan.

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Track 9: Naked ~ Act II ~ Cauchon to himself; in this highly complex and musically diverse song that combines several popular musical styles. Cauchon relents.

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Track 10: Take It Back ~ Act III ~ Offered one last chance by her accusers to save herself, Joan defies and volunteers for the fire rather than betray her faith.

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Track 11: Home ~ Act III ~ Surreal vindication. Love, beauty, the pain of her short life. All things come together. Joan is accompanied vocally / visually by her advocates Cauchon, Yolande, advocates and her enemies into the afterworld.

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BURN / The Whole Story

ACT I ~ The Rising Star


Joan storms in to the French court and blows away the skeptics. She is a leader, a warrior and a psychic – she talks to archangels. Tremoille, the leader of the military who despises her, is unimpressed.

Charles, the uncrowned king of France, assigns her to the battlefield alongside her two Captains; Dunois and de Rais and the men. Joan rallies the soldiers and wins. [“The Siege of Orleans”]

Joan wins battle after battle. She kicks ass! She arranges for Charles to be made king and with her troupe of mediocre soldiers, she wins back the majority of France.

Meanwhile, life on the battlefield, the fight goes on…

The wicked de Rais declares against Joan. He tries to turn Dunois against her. Dunois who is loyal and ironically, Joan’s love interest and soul mate [“My Glory”] stays true.

Back in the French court, Yolande, the powerful elder of the French court and Joan advocate, battles to support her. Tremouille ensues a battle of their own with Charles caught in the middle.

Just when everything is too good to be true, disaster strikes. Joan is captured by the enemy, the English… this is the fall. [“Perfect World”]

Dunois is devastated [“Eternally”]

The weak-willed Charles under the council of Tremouille, betrays her. The enraged Yolande summons her influence and petitions Cauchon to save her.

Pierre Cauchon is the lead judge of Joan’s trial. Together, he and Yolande make a pact to save her from certain death.

End of Act I

ACT II ~ The Trial


The charismatic Cauchon dominates the blood thirsty courtroom. [“BURN”] He dupes his peers into thinking that he is out to destroy Joan. The two lesser judges, Beaupere and Therouanne are set to attack.

As the trial continues, through real and heartfelt testimony, Joan starts to win the English favour despite the best efforts of Beaupere – The Pit-Bull and Therouanne – The Secret Police for the English. Cauchon is successful in losing the trial and saving Joan. His colleagues are both upset and obsessed to win.

The story moves back-and-forth from the courtroom to Joan’s prison cell. In private, we are lead directly into her nightmares, both real and imagined.

While in the courtroom, Joan is confident and outspoken. In her cell alone, she feels abandoned by her God, isolated, doubtful and afraid.

As the affair continues and the court petitions to free her, the tables turn.

Therouanne confronts Cauchon and threatens to expose him if he does not relinquish his secret allegiance to Joan and Yolande and destroy Joan. [“The End Will Come”]

After a brief period of private, brutal introspection [“Naked”], despite himself, he succumbs and turns the trial. Joan is sentenced to death by fire.

And that night, through the fire of her private hell, Joan finds her conviction again [“Tapestry”]

End of Act II

ACT III ~ The Glory


In the morning, the judges Cauchon, Therouanne and Beaupere visit her cell to offer her one final way out. Joan spits in their faces and declares that she has found her God again. [“Take It Back”] Joan would rather die than violate what she knows to be true. She damns the hypocrites and praises the true of heart and mankind for “having the strength to carry on in blindness”.

She is led to her death. A beautiful, horrible vision that gives way to the surreal. [“Home”]

Joan, Cauchon, Yolande and the cast unite in cacophonic glory. Stunningly beautiful and absolutely surreal.

The End