Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm Writing a Musical

I have a confession to make.... I'm writing a musical.
Proof. I'm not making this up.

This isn't like, "Oh I have a great idea that someone should turn into a musical someday." No, i'm seriously writing a musical. I have the entire thing outlined, 5 scenes written, 3 songs lyricized (is that a word? Meaning the lyrics exist, but no music has been created for it yet) and 12 characters realized. If you would have asked me a week ago, "Joey, would you ever write a musical?" I'd of probably told you "I don't know, maybe. I like coming up with ideas and... (blah blah more weak non committal babble.) "

But last Thursday I was literally struck with inspiration. It hit me, in my head, and I just started writing. It was crazy because I had never written dialog before, but it was out flowing so naturally that I couldn't stop. I invented 8 characters on the spot, and for each one I had a very specific person in mind, so I just mentally jumped into their skin and started writing dialog I think they would say. And no, I am not going to tell you people who I based these characters off of. ;D

SO, if you will allow me to make an addendum to my New Years resolution, I am going to put "Write a screenplay" on hold and add "Write a Musical." and then also add to the resolution list "Get musical produced by the end of the year." That's right. I'm going to make this happen.

For those of you who, by now, are dying of curiosity or want to steal my idea, here is the official unofficial summary: (I dont have a title for it yet) is a musical about young actors in New York trying to "Make it" but they are fed up with how backwards and broken the system is. So, since none of them are finding work, they decide to put on their own show. They experience many difficulties along the way in mounting a play, but ultimately bond together to produce one hell of a show. Filled with singing, dancing, and a huge ensemble of over 30 actors, this musical tribute to Shakespeare's A Midsummer-nights Dream will rock your socks off.

Think Sister Act 2 meets Rent meet The Mighty Ducks meet Hamlet 2. A wonderful underdog story with tons of influence from those inspirational 90's stories we all know and love.

That's where I am at with that. So random right? I am hoping to finish the first draft in a week, and I totally want to enlist all of you guys help. I need proof readers to give me honest feedback and tell me this sucks. Theatre is a collaborative art, and I truly believe that, so if you are interested in reading it, or want to steal my script, just shoot me an email or a Facebook message. The more eyes the better.

I had dinner with a professor from Clarke University last night at the Roxy (FAH-HANCE-EE) and we had a great time swapping stories catching up. One thing he said to me though that will stick with me is to "Stay Hungry," and I don't think he meant physically starve myself. What he was saying was to not settle, to keep chasing dreams, to go after goals. I think that is some very strong advice. Don't settle, don't become comfortable, don't become content. That advice really struck me as something I needed to internalize, because with this full time job I could very easily slow down and rest, but why? Why would I want to become comfortable when there is still so much to do? So what, I lose a few hours of sleep from staying up writing or doing theatre. OR maybe I have to spend money investing in my art, causing me to live off of Ramen for a few weeks. Wouldn't you rather be happy and poor than comfortable and miserable? I know I would. 


But I am digressing. Yesterday I had the extremely good fortune to direct a friend in the shooting of her acting demo reel. For those who don't know, anyone who wants to act on screen needs a good demo reel to show themselves off. Well my friend didn't have much of a reel, because she hadn't done much screen work yet, so she decided to make her own. Basically we staged a bunch of professional looking scenes that could be from TV or an indie film or something similar. And I had the pleasure of directing the acting in each one of these scenes. To the left is a moment from one of the aforementioned scenes. Thats all I can show you at the moment but I'm sure in a few week I can show you the video once it is edited. Anyways, it was a ton of fun and I have finally got my feet wet with what its like to direct with a professional film crew, and let me say, I hope my socks never dry.

So anyways, let me know if you are interested in proofing my script, and keep being awesome everyone. Until Next Time. 



"Gotta Knock a little Harder"
-Cowboy Bebop: The Movie


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