Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel


Story, Book, Lyrics by Kerem Durdag

Music by Andy Happel

Directed by Linda L. Nelson

somewhere/elsewhere is a one-night-only concert reading of a new pop-rock musical that immerses us in the migration, losses, and triumphs of a contemporary Turkish immigrant to the U.S. Weaving together Turkish poetry and legend with the original sounds of major label rock band Thanks to Gravity, somewhere/elsewhere is a story of discovering love, joy and belonging in the midst of turbulence, discrimination, and racism; of separation, loss and triumph over the cultural hurdles of ignorance and hate.

Cast and Creative Team

  • Kerem Durdag (story, book, and lyrics)
  • Andy Happel (composer, music director)
  • Linda L. Nelson
  • Mary Starr (story)
  • Thanks to Gravity
  • Sean Daniels (Thanks to Gravity, drums)
  • Duncan Watt (Thanks to Gravity, piano, Hammond B3 organ, keyboards)
  • Drew Wyman’s (Thanks to Gravity, bass)
  • Nargiz Ali zada (DERWISH)
  • Caroline Davis (ELISE)
  • Rachel Henry (ELISE’S MOTHER)
  • Gloire llonde (MEHMET’S FATHER)
  • Adam Kilgore (multiple character roles)
  • Felicia McLeod (MEHMET’S MOTHER)
  • Colin Whiteman (MEHMET)