I did start writing a musical a while ago and a few friends are now starting to urge me to get back to writing it.
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i finally finished a rough draft of the libretto that’s going to be a part of a monthly music series at harlem’s apollo theater in april, so i consider this goal done, done and done.
getting it produced will be a whole other ball of wax… 2 years ago
i just booked a performance workshop series at dixon place on thursday september 29 for a “musical” i’m assembling called the billie holiday project! this is an idea that i performed at the historic lenox lounge at the first annual harlem jazz shrines in may of this year. i wanted to grow it and i wasn’t sure how or if i could even pull it off in new york city because i hadn’t developed anything here through conventional means in awhile and i didn’t know the lay of the land. i still don’t, but i’m feeling my way along and i’m enjoying the process.
this is the way you do something new. i’ve originated work before. i know the trajectory very well. one step at a time, one moment at a time, one idea at a time – getting all of it up on its legs every season, getting a run where you can and shaping it as it goes along.
but that’s not the kicker.
the kicker is that i just confirmed with the apollo theater’s sound stage for their monthly music cafe series for may 11 and 12, 2012. i’ll also be performing there for harlem jazz shrines for those dates.
yeah, i’m over the moon. once i land, mpb and i will celebrate.
still submitting this idea for workshop opportunities all over the place. and yeah, i’m still waiting to find out if i’ve been chosen as a librettist for the bmi musical theater workshop. let’s see what develops. when anything gets confirmed, you will be the first one i tell.
happy summer! 3 years ago
I’ve already got the ideas down, and the plot fairly squared away, it’s really a matter of trying to write it as a script without making into a screen play. Also, I’m having difficulty writing the music. But all in all, it shouldn’t be so hard. I’m looking at a sort of rock-type musical. The majority of the instrumentation will be on electric instruments like guitars, but there will be some symphonic parts, but they’ll probably be played on synthesizers. 3 years ago
submitted to the BMI musical theater workshop component for librettists, applying to workshops in the city and working on a book/libretto about alberta hunter.
life is good. 3 years ago
It’s set in an alternate Victorian London, where immortalty’s the prevaling trend amongst the rich and desprate enough, Asher is a gravedigger, widower and a father to a terminally ill son who has no diagnosis. Asher thinks if he can just get enough money to but a single dose of youth for his son to be frozen in time they can find a cure for him. Asher’s sister is Patience, a mortian (it’s a family business) and is set to marry Jack Ketch (yup, a hangman).
Before I put you off to far, let me introduce a corrupt doctor who will give Levi the shot, for the right price. Of course, when people aren’t dying regularly, they are most afraid of death, so business is hard, and without disposable income.
So Asher starts killing people, and directing the business to his clueless sister. Haunted by his wife, Asher continues killing until the guilt drives him to confess to Patience, who soon after commits suicide due to the knowledge.
Asher is even more haunted and eventually caught out. He is sentenced to hang, with Jack as the gallows man. As he asends the thirteen steps, Asher catches sight of his son in the crowd and repents before the trapdoor opens below him.
Grim? Yes. But Patience and Jack are refreshingly lighthearted untill Asher’s confession. It’s Macbeth and Sweeney Todd, with a sprinkling of animated Disney from the ‘90’s and some glam rock credentials thrown in for better sweetness. 3 years ago
Well, actually, I want to write the music to a musical and I’m searching for an interesting script! But, sooner or later I guess I’ll have to write the script myself :( 4 years ago
My friend Leo wrote a musical – more of an operetta really , scored and everything, great script.. If he can, so can I.
My musical style is more poppy than his, but ehn most musicals are poppy- catchy tunes.. It’s the storyline I don’t have, I reckon I just need someone to collaborate with…
I have forgotten to say that I have actually cobbled together kids musicals in the past couple of years and that has been great and is leading in the right direction.. I wrote Helen Hatt and the Tribe of Doris and How Doris found her Tribe at the Tribe of Doris. Kids wrote words and some of the music and I put it all together in the form of a play in a day..
what I’d really like to do is a musical on vaguely buddhist or at least worthwhile kind of theme which would inspire people.. That would mean that I could justify the pleasure of writing it!!! 4 years ago
I had a dream a few nights ago that sparked an idea. I don’t know if I’m ready to develop it, but I think it’s worth exploring. The one person that I’ve told it to so far really liked it! 4 years ago