Karen re-releasing Diana

The decade that just ended was one Princess Diana would have treasured. Both of her sons – Prince William and Prince Harry, married lovely women: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively. Diana now has 4 grandchildren whom she would have loved and adored, but that was not meant to be. Tragically, she died in a car crash more than 20 years ago. Princess Diana’s legacy continues as musicals about her life are flourishing in 2020 and beyond.

Singer/songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch’s newly revised Princess Diana the Musical is being re-released by Heuer Publishing in early late January, 2020. Featuring over 25 of her original songs, one of the most touching is, ‘Hope in My Heart’.

 
 

“It’s a beautiful song that Princess Diana sings while visiting a hospital. Even with all of her problems, ‘hope’ is what she carried with her and ‘hope’ is what she gave to all of us. In this new decade, there is still so much trouble in the world and divisiveness in our country. We could use a little ‘hope in our hearts’ right now,” Ms. Javitch reveals.

Link here to the song, “Hope in My Heart,” sung by Sasha Weiss: https://jmrproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Hope-in-my-Heart.mp3

Link to the video of ‘Hope in My Heart’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR3O7HlapnA&feature=youtu.be

Princess Diana the Musical has been performed in many community theaters in the United States.

 

“Our production entertains audiences about the public and private life of this iconic woman and most beloved princess,” explains songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch. “Even after many successful runs, I recently revised the script and songs and I’m thrilled to re-release it to America’s theaters through Heuer Publishing Company,” explains Ms. Javitch.

Javitch wrote the music and lyrics and co-authored the book with Elaine Jabenis in 2000. The inspiring story journeys in song with the “People’s Princess” through her trials and tribulations of being an unknown 17 year old to becoming the most famous woman in the world. With Karen’s original songs, Princess Diana the Musical captures the grace, charm, compassion and style that was Diana.

 

Karen Javitch on WCIU-TV Chicago https://tinyurl.com/javitch1

About Karen Sokolof Javitch:
Karen has written and produced 15 albums of her music, and she has co-written 4 musicals. She was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Besides her musical about Princess Diana, her others are From Generation to Generation and Love! at the Café. (also published at Heuer).

These shows have been performed in many cities in the United States. Ms. Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities with her original music and musicals.

CONTACT: Jerry McGlothlin 919-437-0001 [email protected] or Andy Greenberg at 402-250-3895, [email protected] or visit http://jmrproductions.com

Prince Harry and Megan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to tread on unchartered waters. Meghan is following in the footsteps of her belated mother-in-law Princess Diana by trading royal stuffiness for mixing with the masses. It has been more than two decades since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash at only 36-years-old, leaving behind a complex legacy that represents different things to different members of a family that had no choice but to carry on and put up a strong front in her absence.

Princess Diana was dubbed “the People’s Princess” because of the effortless way she connected with a country that often found the royals lacking in substance and relatability, even as she struggled to find solid footing in the family she married into and then, in their eyes, crossed in myriad ways.

The power couple started a frenzy, unlike anything that the royal family had never seen when they announced that they wanted to step down from their positions as senior royals. While it remains to be seen how much time Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will spend in the Palace versus “at large,” they have already begun making strides.

The announcement came on the heels of a rather rough year for the royal couple. Meghan had been constantly bashed in the media for everything from eating avocados to wearing jeans to Wimbledon and flying in a private jet. Eventually, she and her prince decided that they had enough and wanted to become financially independent.

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex seem to mirror Princess Diana. A longtime fan of the Royal family, Karen Sokolof Javitch, agrees. Javitch, the co-creator of “Princess Diana The Musical” that has been performed since 2,000 around the United States, said:

Princess Diana broke with tradition to become the first royal to hug an Aids patient, as well as supported so many other humanitarian causes. I admire Harry and Meghan for following a similar break-away path, rather than following the stereotyped role of traditional monarchy. Diana showed us all that being in the limelight is less important than caring for fellow members of society.

The decade that just ended was one Princess Diana would have treasured. Both of her sons – Prince William and Prince Harry married lovely and strong women: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively. She now has four grandchildren who she would have loved and adored. She set an example for all aspiring and current royalty.”

Meghan Markle ascended to fame in her role as Rachel Zane in American drama series Suits, before she began dating Prince Harry. The California-born actress and the British prince first met on a blind date in July 2016 and their wedding took place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle. Almost two billion people around the world tuned in as the pair tied the knot and they caused a frenzy worldwide.

When their son Archie was born on May 6 last year, he was christened Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was thought that he would be given the title of the Earl of Dumbarton, as he is the first-born son of a duke. However, Meghan and Prince Harry said that their son would be known simply as Master Archie. Although this may have been a sign of what was to come, at the time it was simply taken as a sign that the couple wanted him to be a “private citizen.”

Perhaps, the entire family intends to live life as “private citizens.” This might be a serious challenge given how many fans the couple has. When speaking of Princess Diana, the Queen said:

No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.

This mirrors the heart of many who have followed the love story of Prince Harry and Meghan. They may not know them personally, but they follow them closely as if they were family. To the surprise of some and disdain of others, the Prince and Duchess of Sussex have decided to forgo their royal responsibilities for a more normal existence.

“Nebraska songwriter to support Same Sex Marriages by donating LGBT CD’s at Omaha and Lincoln Courthouses

“I am a strong supporter of same sex marriage,” Javitch explains, “and one day I realized that there weren’t any albums for same-sex couples.  So I wrote and produced two albums: ‘Men in Love…’ and ‘Women in Love…’. After this week’s potential historic ruling, I am thrilled that there will be freedom in Nebraska to marry who you want.   And hopefully soon, all states will allow gay marriage.

 

Michael Jamrock, owner of www.ENGAYGEDWEDDINGS.com and producer of several TV shows, commented about a wedding song on her album – ‘the Rest of My Life’.  “She absolutely nailed the same-sex marriage message!”

 

“I have donated 1,000 CD’s to various national and local LGBT organizations who are valiantly fighting for the rights of their members to live the way they want,” Javitch added. 

Chuck Pennington, music conductor of the Grammy-award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, arranges Karen’s music.  “Karen’s songs on these albums are a testament to her passion for the LGBT cause.  She is an inspiration to me, as she is constantly coming up with new ideas to reach people through her music.”

 

Karen has released 13 CD’s, written 4 musicals and is the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.” She has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including one about the late Princess Diana, have been performed in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, New York City, St. Paul and St. Louis as well as Omaha.  She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award two times and recently she received honorable mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest for her song “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!”  Some of her youtube videos have gone viral and her musicals and songs are performed by young people in high schools and colleges around the country.  Karen’s “topical” music includes songs about exercising, celebrities, holidays, political figures, children, math, divorce, patriotism, love and family.  Anyone between the ages of 5 to 105 will enjoy them!

NObesity Shakes the World of Music

“Music is a huge influence on kids and teens and for that reason I asked 2 very talented teenagers and siblings Grace and Jack Bydalek, to record “Shake it For Nobesity” Javitch explained. Their amazing voices and rap style delivery will resonate with other teenage listeners.  

 

 “When we first heard the song, my brother and I knew this song could help young people in a fun way,” added Grace, who has performed with symphonies, operas and high school musicals.  “After recording “Shake It for NObesity,” my brother and I were rockin’ out to it.  It’s a very uplifting song and I hope people across the country get to hear it – and soon!”, Grace added.

 

“We hope to shake it up and have the word ‘NObesity’ become a common word in everyone’s vocabulary,” Karen comments. 

 

Grammy award winner  Chuck Pennington( Mannaim Steamroller put year here)  arranged the music which was recorded at (name of studio) 2012 Garmmy nominee!

 

“With all the work that Michelle Obama and so many others are doing to promote health and fitness I hope this becomes the song that sheds pounds in millions of people.  The time I spent writing this was well worth it and I hope it lasts a lifetime.  It is the second song dedicated to fitness and follows “I Love to Sweat.” concluded Javitch

 

 Karen Sokolof Javitch has raised over $200,000 for national and local charities though her original music and scores.  Her plays have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, St.Louis as well as Omaha and featured such prominent actors as John Beasley.  She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) three times. Her songs are also sung by elementary school children and in High Schools around the country. She also released an album dedicated to Patrick Swayze in an effort to heighten awareness and raise money for the cure for Pancreatic Cancer.

 

 

Karen Sokolof Javitch and The Salvation Army of Metropolitan Omaha Partner for “Red Kettle” Donor Giveaway

“Recently, award-winning songwriter, Karen SokolofJavitch  againoffered us200  of  her “Christmastime” CD’s  to be given out to each donor,”Eustice  explained. “The timing is perfect as our area relies on the publics’ donations as thousands of families struggle this time of the year.  Now they can take home a gift in return for their generosity.”

 

“My holiday CD features performances by The Maynard Triplets and renown Omaha teen singer Grace Bydalek,” Javitch reveals.  “I am so grateful to be able to make this donation again to the Salvation Army, whose work we all believe in.”

 

 “Hundreds of volunteer bell ringers make it possible to raise needed funds to support more than 20 human service programs.  The CD give-away is a great way to thank our volunteers and encourage others to ring the bell this holiday season”  Eustice added.

 

Grammy Award winner Chuck Pennington arranged the music.

 

Karen Sokolof Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music. Karen’s catalog of music, as well as the impact she had made with her music, is extraordinary.  She has released 13 CDs, written 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of the popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.”  Karen has also raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her music.  Her musicals, including her hit “Princess Diana”, have been performed all over the country.  She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award twice,  and recently received Honorable Mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ category for her song, “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!”  Karen’s songs are geared towards music lovers ages 5 to 105, and her vast catalog of original music includes topics rangingfrom exercising and good health, to celebrities, holidays, political figures, children, education, divorce, patriotism, love, family and so much more.

Inspiring Song: “His Name Was Freedom” Included in Telethon to Aid U.S. Veterans

A national Telethon Supporting Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injury.  Connie Francis, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna are hosting the telethon which will be broadcast Sunday night, November 10 on the Military Channel and Monday night, November 11 on the world-wide Armed Forces TV.

 

“I wrote the song to honor the unseen heroes who fight for our freedom around the world, letting them know they are not alone,” Javitch explains.  “Their courage and dedication in eliminating threats to our country is captured in the spirit of the song.”  Cory Sanchez sings ‘His Name Was Freedom’ with the Chuck Penington Band.  Chuck is the conductor of the Grammy-award winning group, Mannheim Steamroller.

 

His Name Was Freedom” will be sent to every contributor and Karen’s CD with the same title will be given to audience members, hosts and guests.

 

She has raised over $300,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including one about the late Princess Diana, have been performed all over the country.   ‘Princess Diana the Musical’ is currently playing in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

 

She has produced 13 CD’s and her singers have included Broadway actress Joanna Young, the prominent film and tv actor John Beasley, Weston Olson from the touring ‘Les Miserables’ cast as well as The Maynard Triplets from American Idol .  She has won the Theater Arts Guild award two times and recently she received honorable mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest for her song, “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!” Some of  her youtube videos have gone viral (one has more than 5 million hits) and her songs are performed by young people in high schools and colleges around the country. 

Royal Wedding Honored by “Princess Diana The Musical”

“Last year, the musical played in 10 American cities and I am thrilled to provide free downloads of the 30 songs featured in the musical,” announced Ms. Javitch. “Like millions of people in the world, I was devastated when Princess Diana died.  Writing this musical has been a way of paying homage to Diana’s life and sharing her message of hope and compassion with new generations. It is an incredible story which is fascinating to bring to life and to relive”.

 

The musical was first written 16 years ago and has been and featured in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska as well as Minneapolis, leading up to last years’ performances.

 

The music can be found by going to https://jmrproductions.com/princess-diana/

 

 

Karen Sokolof Javitch wrote the music and lyrics and Elaine Jabenis co-authored the book with Karen.  The touching story journeys in song with “The People’s Princess” on her trials and tribulations of being an unknown 17-year old to the most famous woman in the world.   The music captures the grace, charm, compassion and style that was Diana.”

 

Jill Zeszut, who played Princess Diana in the Chadron, Ohio production was part of an exceptional cast of 16 local talented actors and actresses.  She adds, “I was excited to portray such an iconic and influential person.  As a child I was always fascinated by her, so it was an honor to bring her to the stage and to share her story.”

 

“In 2017, audience reviews and ticket sales exceeded our expectations,” Javitch commented.  “Some theaters added dates because of the high demand to see the show.”

 

Karen has written and produced 16 CD’s covering Love and Marriage, songs for children – both educational and fun, teen experiences and in case things do not work out – a Divorce CD.  Many of her you tube videos have gone viral.  Karen’s 3 other musicals have been featured around the country in schools and theatres.  Her music has been in 3 TV shows and 2 movies as well.  Through her music and musicals, she has raised over $350,000 for various charities.

Dr. Karps Renown 5’S Featured in Smiling Baby Songs

“My newest Cd was created to place  a great smile for babies, parents and grandparents” Karen explained.” I will also sing and record a personal song with the babies first name within 30 days of proof of purchase.”

 

“Great job…very accurate…and passionate” Dr. Karp commented when he heard how Karen created a musical version of his popular method of calming babies.

 

Smiling Baby Songs features 16 additional new songs all destined to become favorites in the young baby market.

 

 I listened to every song on Karen’s album and was so impressed.  Every new parent and grandparent need to have this album. The songs area real treasure-not only are they fun, but thet are educational and you will want to sing and dance along with them” Elaine Jabenis, author and actress exclaimed.

 

“The CD is a very powerful gift at baby showers or upon meeting the baby for the first time” Karen added.

 

Smiling Baby Songs may be purchased at Fill in)

 

Dr Harvey Karp is the author of      “Happiest Babay on the Block and creator of Happiesbaby.com.  He was featured on Parents Magazine, Today Show, CNN, The Wall Street Journal when they profiled his “ Snoo Baby Sleeper.”

 

Karen has released 13 CD’s, written 4 musicals and was the creator was co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.” She has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including “Princess Diana the Musical, From Generation to Generation, Love at the Café”  , have been performed in Kansas City, South Florida Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, New York City, St. Paul, St. Louis and 11 other venues around the country. She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award two times and recently she received honorable mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest for her song, “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!”  Karen’s music includes songs about exercising, good health, celebrities, holidays, political figures, children, math, patriotism, love and family. Her music has been in 3 movies and TV shows. Her songs are for anyone between the ages of 5 to 105!

Omaha Songwriter Wins Semi-Finalist Position in International Songwriting Contest

“I am thrilled that “Shake It for NObesity” has been recognized. The song is intended to influence healthy eating habits, promote exercise and be fun at the same time.   Two very talented teenaged siblings – Grace and Jack Bydalek, recorded “Shake it for NObesity” for me,” Javitch explained. “Their amazing voices and rap delivery resonates with other teenage listeners.”  

 

“When we first heard ‘Shake it for NObesity’ my brother and I knew this song could help young people in a fun way,” added 16 year-old Grace, who has performed with symphonies, operas and high school musicals.  “My brother Jack and I were rockin’ out to it!  It’s a very uplifting song and I hope young people across the country get to hear it – and soon!” Grace added.

 

“We hope to shake it up and have the word ‘NObesity’ become a common word in everyone’s vocabulary!”  Karen adds.   Go to youtube and watch the performance, which helped to raise money last year at a pancreatic cancer benefit in Omaha.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgNqVMBJTUQ)”

 

Chuck Penington, music conductor for the Grammy-award winning group, Mannheim Steamroller, arranged the music which was recorded at Ware House Studio, 2012 Grammy nominee!

 

“With all of the work that so many others are doing to promote health and fitness, I hope ‘NObesity’ becomes the song that helps to shed pounds in millions of people.  This is my second song dedicated to fitness and follows my other one:  “I Love to Sweat!” concluded Javitch.

 

Karen Sokolof Javitch has raised over $300,000 for national and local charities though her original music and musicals.  Her shows, including one about the late Princess Diana, have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, St. Louis as well as Omaha and have featured such prominent actors as John Beasley and Broadway singer Joanna Young.  She has also sung and recorded with American Idol alum – Tim Halperin and The Maynard Triplets.  Karen has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) award three times.  Her songs are also sung in elementary and high schools around the country. She has also released albums dedicated to Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze in an effort to heighten awareness and raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research.