Gayland 5.0 Act 1 Table Reading Went Very Well

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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.

Broadway Music Director Mark Hartman joins our team for the next Gayland read!

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Music Director Mark Hartman, whose past Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Avenue Q, Sondheim On Sondheim, Pageant, Silence! The Musical, and concerts of Oliver!, Camelot, and Brigadoon, will be the Music Director at the next Gayland table read. We’re thrilled to have Mark’s expertise helping us bring Gayland to life!
See more of what Mark has been up to here.

Gayland 5.0 is done!

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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!

Excellent New York Visit

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We’ve just finished a whirlwind tour of Broadway, taking in seven of the current shows: some huge, some standards, some struggling. All of it was immensely educational, and the experience is helping us fine-tune the final drafts of Gayland 5.0.

We also had the opportunity to meet with a Broadway producer and an investor, who both offered valuable insider perspectives and expressed interest in seeing our next steps. There’s also the possibility of introductions to some key players, once we have this version finished.

In addition, we had the opportunity to check in with our growing family of creatives and actors that are helping to grow Gayland and have shown a keen aptitude for developing the characters and music.

Our goal is to have Gayland 5.0 done in the next 6 weeks, with table reads to come in the early fall.

Gayland – Fun Fact!

GaylandDid you know that “Gayland” was once in use as a boy’s name in America? Gayland’s popularity peaked in 1950, when 47 lads were handed this moniker upon arrival. Find out more.
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As a gesture of solidarity, we’d like to invite all Gaylands to join us on opening night on Broadway—our treat, of course.
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As soon as we get close, we’ll let you know. Watch this space!
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“Fighting & (Bleep)ing”

Here’s a little snippet of one of our new songs, “Fighting & (Bleep)ing”, sung by two Gayland characters who have this kind of relationship. When we get to the bleeping part, we’ve scored it so that the appropriate words will be bleeped by a musical instrument.
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Singers: Ivan Griffin and Jason Amos.

Gayland 4.0 is done!

4.0 goldWe’ve finished the revisions based on what we learned at the December table read at the York Theatre in Manhattan. And soon we’ll be recording both our new and revised songs, including  “Fighting & (Bleep)ing,” “You Gotta Work The Crowd,” and “Breeder,” (which spoofs the opening number of the smash-hit Hamilton.)

“Sensitive Me” has been redone to make it a visceral experience of breeder-phobia, and now includes rhymed retching, a Broadway first!

The recording will take place on March 9th at Marigny Recording Studios in New Orleans.