Saul of Tarsus experienced a life-transforming event on the “Road to Damascus,” abandoning a life of hatred to become the prolific scholar, Paul the Apostle, spreading God’s word. Thirty-eight years ago, actor Tony Monaco also saw mystical visions, abandoning addiction for a life of peace and happiness.
Inspired by how his life-giving experience mirrored that of Paul, Monaco created the one-man musical, The Road to Damascus, to make spiritual values accessible. His show dramatically reveals how God’s life-changing transformation can bring peace and contentment to even the most hard-hearted souls.
Pastor Wade Mikels of Burbank’s Village Church saw the show and views it as emblematic of what each one of us currently faces, fighting our own evil natures looking for salvation and acceptance. He describes the imagery as bringing the story dramatically alive in ways no words can.
Watching in the audience, actor and singer Pat Boone felt inspired by Monaco’s passionate performance, moved by how the actor took Saul’s formal words and made them sound real. Boone believes Paul’s story is desperately needed in today’s world of religious zealotry, where all need to recognize that everything is God’s creation.
Boone also hopes to transform lives through a fundraiser/roast being coordinated for his 80th birthday in June, with proceeds benefiting Ryan’s Reach Foundation, organized after his grandson’s life-threatening accident thirteen years ago, which he survived. The Foundation aims to help families cope with loved ones’ brain injuries, ensuring they receive the necessary care and support needed to lead full and productive lives.
In the same vein, Boone is working on an upcoming record album of gospel songs called “Legacy” to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and offer hope to those in need.
Monaco’s musical The Road to Damascus vividly demonstrates how spiritual transformation can give new purpose and meaning, offering a gift of new life.
The Road to Damascus plays Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 8 p.m. at the Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. Tickets cost $25 for preferred seating, $20 for general admission, and $18 for seniors. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit TheRoadtoDamascus.net.