Latest Gayland reading delivers fun and insights

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.

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.

“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.