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Carl Moellenberg's Story:
Broadway and Spirituality
as a Path to Survival


  • "For many years, I’ve had wonderful friends who were constantly prodding me to write a story about my life. I don’t view anything about myself as extraordinary.  I also know so many people are dealing with debilitating health issues, as I have over almost 40 years.

    My friends believe I might be able to provide inspiration to others by sharing my personal journey.  There is a lot to share. Part of me is terrified at my life literally becoming an “open book,” and I hope you support my genuine reason for doing so. These experiences have created the person I am today.

    This is my life story—one of resilience, transformation, perseverance, surviving, adapting, healing, spirituality, love, faith, finding my passion and realizing dreams. It is a story about facing daunting obstacles head on and not losing hope".

The Story

  • Carl Moellenberg's story is one of overcoming enormous obstacles and changing course to find his passion and his true self to live joyously as a long-term survivor. It is a journey of many transformations: from Midwestern boy most interested in music to a fast-paced Wall Street career; from investment banking to a 13-time Tony Award-winner on Broadway; from overcoming several death-defying crises by finding healing, inspiration from a higher being and deeper spirituality. Carl hopes that his story will inspire others who face seemingly overwhelming obstacles to find their passion, their reason to live and to find love.

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“It’s a story of inspiration, truly. Of sadness and joy, of growth and spirituality,and ultimately of acceptance. The blending of worlds, a seeming dichotomy that Carl has woven together into a spectacularly vibrant life. Reading his beautiful book has touched me deeply.”

Barbara Manocherian President
New York Stage and Film

“I first met Carl Moellenberg on the Broadway musical SPRING AWAKENING and we have worked together a number of times since. What a pleasure to read this memoir. It is full of heart, told with great honesty, in strong, clear,simple language. His fortitude and optimism in the face of adversity is an inspiration.”

Tom Hulce

“Glorious, quiet power of hope throughout this beautiful, utterly relatable memoir reminds us to heed that inner ever present voice urging us onward.Exploding with simple wisdoms with those more complex matters of the heart subtly lurking between the lines.”

Mary Beth O’Connor
RKO Pictures / Lucky Viii Films

Carl’s story is one of finding profound passion in storytelling and bringing those stories to life. His memoir is searingly honest about his health struggles, but what stands out is how these challenges have consistently inspired him to live a fuller life; connect more deeply with people and work with the best artists to help deliver their vision. It’s a lesson in defining one’s life not by its challenges but by what - and who we love.

Tim Levy
Broadway and London Producer

“I am so honored Carl shared this very personal work with me. It is a beautiful experience to read. Not just because I consider Carl a friend, but because it is an exercise in authentic vulnerability, and the world needs so much more of that. If there’s one thing his memoir showed me - or really, affirmed what I already knew about him - it’s Carl’s incredible Goodness, which I use with a capital G. He is one of the most pure, kind and Good people I have ever known.Carl’s willingness to be so open and vulnerable around his survivorship, his spiritual path, his artistic path, and his close friendships allows the reader a sense of honor to be included in his journey.I think this memoir can and will help people (in a universal sense) to feel less alone, and inspire them to follow themselves and their dreams.

Adam Kantor
Broadway Actor


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