SUMMARY: The life story of Albert Einstein, as told
via 1980s music and a chorus of 1980s-fashion-clad Chorus members.
After all, Einstein was a child of the 80s - the 1880s. We begin with Albert being turned down for a Nobel Prize, as the
prize committee cannot quite decipher all the implications
behind "E=mc2" - "and besides, you're a Jew." We go back
to his childhood. Young Albert's parents don't understand
him but love and support him nonetheless. His cousin and
sister spend time bouncing a ball against his head while he sits
and contemplates. His father tries to get him interested
in sports, but settles for having Albert agree to sit and
Photos by Scott
EPISODE TWO (2/14/15)
SUMMARY: Young Albert is shy and awkward around
girls - especially his cousin Elsa. The two have known
each other all their lives, and are mutually attracted to one
another, but Albert's mother warns of the deformities that could
come of "cousin babies." Still, when left alone to play
together, Elsa attempts to court Albert, and the two end up
kissing. They are discovered by Albert's parents; his
mother is outraged and forbids the two to ever see each other
again, but his father is secretly thrilled that Albert is
showing any interest in girls at all. As Albert sits
slumped with his first ever broken heart, a Chorus member tells
him they can just skip forward to the future... to the fateful
day when he makes his greatest discovery: the Theory of
SUMMARY: Albert wants to become a scientist, but as
a patent clerk, he is mocked by the scientists he idolizes.
To impress them, he spends ten years of his life trying to
figure out the nature of Space and Time. He finally comes
up with E=MC2, the Theory of Relativity. The haughty
scientists admit that it's an elegant theory, but are still
unimpressed: it needs to be proven. And a Chorus tells
Albert the sobering fact that his theory's proving ground turned
out to be a weapon, used at Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Albert, horrified, refuses to believe it. Who would do
that? Shaken, he prepares to be shown more of his
SUMMARY: To the strains of "Don't Worry, Be Happy,"
Albert is horrified to learn that not only did his theory lead
to the creation of the atomic bomb, but that he himself was one
of many physicists who urged FDR to develop the bomb. In
contravention of the laws of time travel, Albert insists the
Chorus take him back in time to change things, but he finds
himself unable to persuade FDR to stop the project. To the
strains of "The Kids in America," Albert learns that though the
bomb changes the world, it doesn't change how people think.
The Chorus decide to show Albert another part of his life,
revealing that he and his cousin Elsa would eventually begin a
romance... but not until after he is already married to Mileva
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EPISODE FIVE (4/11/15)
- PLAYOFFS ROUND 1!
SUMMARY: Berlin, 1912. Albert is cruel to
his first wife, Mileva, breaking her heart as he embarks on an
affair with his cousin Elsa. Mileva sings of her heartbreak as
she endures a "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
SUMMARY: We meet the villain of the story, German
scientist Philipp Lenard, Nobel Prize winner for his research on
cathode rays and member of the Nazi Party. Lenard is
jealous of Albert's newfound popularity and is skeptical of the
Theory of Relativity... and the fact that Albert is Jewish adds
fuel to his fire.