A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Tesla: The Musical

Tesla: The Musical is a full-length, all-original rock opera about the life, mind, and legacy of turn-of-the-century inventor Nikola Tesla.

On July 10th, 1856, a boy was born at midnight during a lightning storm in present-day Croatia. Twenty-eight years later, he would come to America with virtually nothing but his education and a mind unlike any other. He would change the world forever with alternating current – the form of electricity we use to this day. He would go toe-to-toe with Thomas Edison, one of the most powerful men on the planet, who did everything he could to get in his way. He would suffer from mental illness in a time before proper diagnosis and treatment were available. He would be admired by scores of women but would never marry or have children, as he feared they would distract him from his work. He would fail at just as many endeavors as he succeeded at. Because he took no royalties for his AC patents, ensuring that safe, cheap electricity would reach every corner of the globe, he would die broke, alone, and insane. After his death he would be largely forgotten as he left behind no companies or children.

His name was Nikola Tesla. This is his story – the man, the myth, the musical.

Interview: Tesla Musical in making: Teslians Aaron Guzzo and Miroslav Vejnovic about musical in making

Production Team: Aaron Guzzo, composer, musical director, and screenwriter, and Craig Hissong, lyricist


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Dan Tana

Dan Tana (born in 1933 as Dobrivoje Tanasijević; Serbian Cyrillic: Добривоје Танасијевић) is an American actor and producer, restaurateur and former professional footballer from Yugoslavia. Tana is the proprietor of an eponymous restaurant, Dan Tana's, in West Hollywood, California, as well as being closely associated with football clubs Red Star Belgrade and Brentford F.C.

Tana was spotted playing football at 12, and offered an apprenticeship with Red Star Belgrade. He spent five years at Red Star, developing as a striker. His restaurateur father had been arrested by the new communists authorities established at end of Second World War and led by Marshal Tito, and his restaurants nationalised.

Tana was aged 17 when he toured Belgium in 1952 as part of the junior squad of the Yugoslav football team Red Star Belgrade to play R.S.C. Anderlecht. While in Brussels, Tana abandoned the team and stayed in Belgium.

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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