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c;;;;; ;;;; ;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;; her first o;-Broadway
show, but it was not her first major production. Earlier, she
and husband Jonathan Brielle, a noted composer, had tackled
a similarly complicated challenge, meticulously restoring a
historic homestead in Tewksbury Township. True to form, the
restoration was staged with style and flair.
Flashback to ;;;;; King was living in Morris Township with
A producer and her composer husband stage the restoration
son Dylan, then ;;, when the boy—eager for more space—dis-
covered the Tewksbury house online. The property had a main
house, circa ;;;;, set on nearly ;; acres. King took one look
and was hooked. She and Brielle married a short time later and
began the elaborate renovation, eager to complete it so they
could move there with Dylan as well as Brielle’s twins, Lauren
and Jeremy, then ;;.
In addition to the main house, the expansive property
includes an old schoolhouse, a springhouse, two ponds and a
waterfall. Two additions had been tacked onto the original ;;;;
structure, first in ;;;; and again ;;; years later.
The couple initially turned their attention to the school-
house. Built in the early ;;;;s, it had been moved from Farm-
ersville Road to the Tewksbury property by an earlier owner.
Brielle, a theatrical composer, lyricist and author, needed a
writing room and studio; the schoolhouse—oddly shaped with
dirt floors—would be reconfigured to play the part.
Brielle, with King’s help, drew up an idea on a napkin, which
morphed into the plans they collaborated on with Gladstone
of an historic 1740s homestead. By Lauren Payne