The Gayland writing team is meeting over the weekend to make edits to Act 1, based on what we learned from the recent Act 1 reading in NY. Thanks much to the audience and your varied and perceptive feedback. It’s really helping us make the choices required to slim down and add oomph to the first act.
Here’s our wonderful cast rehearsing one of the new songs, “Breeder Love Promo.”
Danielle Erin Rhodes
Troy Valjean Rucker
We had about 25 friends and Broadway professionals in attendance. The first act ran long at 1:25 minutes, so we’ll need to cut that by about 15 minutes. We also solicited written feedback from audience members, which is proving to be fascinating.
Some of the roles were played by old fav actors we’ve worked with before, and in some roles we tried out new actors. It’s wonderful to be working in NY where there are so many talented performers.
Our new Music Director, Mark Hartman, proved himself to be extremely musically adept, technically eagle-eyed, a tireless coach, and also very funny. We’re delighted to have connected with him.
Thanks to our wonderful cast:
Danielle Erin Rhodes – Willow
Shaleah Adkisson – Boo, Sally
Stephen Elkins – Zack
Ivan Griffin – Brock, Dad
Blake Zolfo – Finn, Pops
Sam Given – Gaige
Troy Rucker – Belsen Barnard, Pizza Guy, Caleb, Ensemble
Natalie Pavalek – Bambi Krushjoy, Zoe, Publicist, Ensemble
Next steps for us are a rewrite, and then a read of probably the entire play in a couple of months.
Our next table read will feature the first act of Gayland 5.0, which has lots of new music, and even some new characters. It will be on August 17th at 244 Rehearsal Studios in Manhattan, at 4 pm. New musical numbers include “Swami of Salami,” “Heart 2 Heart,” and “Fighting and (Bleep)ing.”
Well-known Broadway Music Director Mark Hartman is helping polish and refine the latest version of Gayland.
We’re inviting some Broadway professionals who have expressed interest, as well as a small audience. We have about ten seats still available. Would you like to attend? If so, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you there and hear your thoughts!
August 17, 2016 – 4 pm
244 Rehearsal Studios
244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor
Gayland 5.0 is finished! Now with fun new characters like Bambi Krushjoy, the talent management attorney for Fox Worldwide.
Our plan is to have another table read in Manhattan very soon, with a small audience. Stay tuned!