The Gayland reading on Wednesday, February 15th in New York delighted the audience of 25 with plenty of laughter. The new “Young Buck/Old Buck” delivered lots of belly laughs by using classic operatic allusions to highlight the competition between Zack and Gaige during Zack’s first day on the job at the Willow Show. The new “#BringBackZack” came across as a bundle of joyful energy. And the audience named the revised “I Wanna See Your O Face” as its favorite song. Creators King and St. John were also able to see spots where new music wasn’t working as well, and in need of revision.
The learning overall was that the Gayland 6.0 revisions solved the earlier structural problems. So now there’s a sturdy scaffolding in place, and the next round of revisions will be fine-tuning particular musical pieces.
Neither sleet nor snow nor soggy toes prevents the Gayland team from forging ahead!
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We’ve recast Gayland completely to make it reflect the current sociopolitical moment, and we’ve also redone a lot of the songs, with an eye to making them funnier. We’re currently organizing a Table Read for both Acts 1 and 2 in Manhattan in February.
After consultations with several Broadway experts, our Scene 3 song has now changed from “Don’t Forget Your Cock Ring” to “Don’t Forget Your Bible.” This must be the hardest 180 degree turn in revision history! : )
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.