Live recordings!

We’re rounding out our collection of downloadable tracks with recordings from live performances. Here are the new songs we’ve just added!

 

Act 1, Scene 13, “Breeder Shock Promo” (Live).m4a

Act 1, Scene 14, “Young Buck/Old Buck” (Live).m4a

Act 1, Scene 18 “I’ve Always Been Different” (Live).m4a

 

Act 2, Scene 3, “#Bring Back Zack” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 5, “Mismatch Mercy Mission Reprise” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 6, “Political Wife” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 7, “Soup and Salad” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 9, “Baby Birthin’ Blues” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 9, “If” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 9, “Sensitive Me” (Live).m4a

Act 2, Scene 13, “Thank You for Visiting Gayland” (Live).m4a

 

129 anti-gay bills were introduced in 2017: This is the world Gayland is satirizing

maxresdefault-2.jpgAccording to NBC News, at least 129 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced across 30 states during the 2017 state legislative season. This info is from a new report published by LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  Twelve of these bills, which range from adoption laws to “religious freedom” legislation, became law. “If an LGBTQ couple drove from Maine to California today, their legal rights and civil rights protections could change more than 20 times at state borders and city lines,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.

In Gayland, a conservative politician tries to pass the Breeder Repatriation Act as a way to get rid of all the breeders. As this NBC News story shows, we are just a step or two ahead of reality. Read story

Full script of Gayland with embedded audio samples now available!

Script Front Page Thumb.pngWe’re beginning the process of shopping Gayland around to producers and organizations of all sizes. So whether you’re a Broadway producer, a director at a local theatre, or a student organizing a guerrilla production, we’d love to hear from you!

In this script PDF, we’ve embedded audio samples of many of the songs, so it’s easy to get a sense of the sound as you read.

Click here to download a pdf of the script with embedded music samples. You can also download full mp3 files of many of the songs here.

 

 

Check out the Gayland songs we recorded in November 2017

studio microphone.pngJust click the links below to hear the Gayland songs we recorded on November 20, 2017 at the the Yellow Sound Lab and Log Cabin studios in New York.  This set is a mix of many new numbers that have never before been recorded, as well as new versions of some old favs that have been part of Gayland since the beginning.

Act 1, Scene 1, “Rainbow, Shmainbow”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 2, “Teeniest, Weeniest, Talk Show In America”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 3, “Don’t Forget Your Bible”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 4, “Willow Show – Early Stabs”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 5, “I Want To Sum With You”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 6, “I Kissed A Boy”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 6, “Hero”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 7 “In Eden Fair”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 8, “Willow Show – Breakthrough”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 10, “Mismatch Mercy Mission TV Spot”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 12, “Mismatch Mercy Mission”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 16, “Camera Fantasia”.mp3

Act 1, Scene 20, “Willow Show – Breeder Shock”.mp3

 

Act 2, Scene 1, “Swami of Salami”.mp3

Act 2, Scene 3, “Breeder”.mp3

Act 2, Scene 3, “I’m A Real Man”.mp3

Act 2, Scene 4, “Ding!”.mp3

Act 2, Scene 10, “I Wanna See Your ‘O’ Face”.mp3

Thanks again to our very talented team!

  • Mark Hartman: Music Director
  • Danielle Erin Rhodes: Willow
  • Stephanie Umoh: Boo
  • Tristan Shuler: Zack
  • Sam Given: Gaige
  • Kristin Feeney: Sally, Ensemble
  • Alex Thompson: Harry Tums, Ensemble, Keyboards
  • Joe Choroszewski: Drums
  • Saadi Zain: Bass
  • Yuri Suzuki: Engineer
  • Rich Hill: Engineer

 

Gayland words and music ©2018 Scott R. King and Christopher St. John.

New Gayland recording in New York captures new music and yields high-energy tracks

After a week of rehearsals, the cast, band and music director for Gayland gathered at the Yellow Sound Lab and Log Cabin studios in New York to capture the new music we’ve been working on over the last year. Thanks to our awesome team!

  • Mark Hartman: Music Director
  • Danielle Erin Rhodes: Willow
  • Stephanie Umoh: Boo
  • Tristan Shuler: Zack
  • Sam Given: Gaige
  • Kristin Feeney: Sally, Ensemble
  • Alex Thompson: Harry Tums, Ensemble, Keyboards
  • Joe Choroszewski: Drums
  • Saadi Zain: Bass
  • Yuri Suzuki: Engineer
  • Rich Hill: Engineer

 

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Practicing: Sam Given, Alex Thompson, Tristan Shuler, Danielle Erin Rhodes, Stephanie Umoh
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Recording: Danielle Erin Rhodes
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Recording: Stephanie Umoh and Kristin Feeney
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Recording: Tristan Shuler
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Recording: Sam Given
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Bass: Saadi Zain
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Keyboards, vocals: Alex Thompson
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Drums: Joe Choroszewski
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Music Director Mark Hartman and Engineer Yuri Suzuki at the big board
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Late in the day selfie. 14 hours in the studio and the last few diehards roll merrily across the finish line: Clockwise from lower left: Scott King, Danielle Erin Rhodes, Mark Hartman, Christopher St. John, Kristin Feeney, Stephanie Umoh

We’ll be making studio recordings of new songs on November 20, 2017

We’ll be going into a New York recording studio on November 20 with the Gayland cast and music director Mark Hartman to make recordings of the new songs. This will be an opportunity for the creative team to hear how the new music is working with the singers. And we’ll also be choosing tracks to include in our presentation to Broadway producers and directors early next year.

Gayland team completes extensive revisions

We had the opportunity to put Gayland in front of an accomplished Broadway director in early 2017. He provided us with detailed and very valuable feedback. So we’ve taken most of the past year to take another look at Gayland, with an eye to focussing more on the story and dialing down some of the “travelog” elements.

That turned into a gargantuan task, which included taking out two major characters and rewriting most of the first act. Whew! The new Gayland 8.0 has a much cleaner storyline and an entirely new technique for the scenes set on The Willow Show. We’re now investigating our next steps.

What If Conservative Lesbians Ran the World? Interview with Nora Gouma Magazine

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See original interview.

Who has inspired you most as an artist, and why?

Christopher St. John: We’re both lifelong fans of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. South Park, Team America, all of it.  And the true apotheosis of their work came with Book of Mormon. It was not only hysterically funny, it just blew the conventions of musical theatre wide open.

Scott King: It’s easy to miss the fact that in Book of Mormon, the subject and script were the focus of innovation, especially the “shocking” language.  The music is really a tribute to the classic mid-20thcentury Broadway sound, with heaps of added satire.

Christopher St. John: We think that Book of Mormon has opened the door for other people to try taking a fresh look at the musical form. And that’s why we think the time is ripe for a musical comedy like Gayland.

What’s Gayland about?

Christopher St. John: It’s a story of forbidden love, with two people reaching across the mother of all divides: the chasm between gay people and straight people.

Scott King: It’s set in an alternate universe in which almost everyone is gay. And there are just a few breeders. They’re a minority group, oppressed by the gay establishment, struggling for their rights. And our protagonist, a talk show host named Willow, who’s engaged to a rising conservative politician, starts to realize why she can’t set a wedding date.

Christopher St. John: She’s having feelings that are unthinkable in her worldview.

How did you come to write Gayland?
Scott King: We had just finished writing this opera called Oomph!. We spent seven years on it, and we had some productions, so we were thinking about another project—

Christopher St. John: And I was like, “I am never writing another opera.”

Scott King: So we agreed to try a musical.

What has the response been like?

Scott King: We first staged it at the New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2013. That was an hour-long version.

Christopher St. John: And we were blown away by the response. Gayland was in the largest Fringe Festival theatre, Marigny Opera House. And the word of mouth was so good that by the end of the Festival, it was standing room only.

Scott King: One of the local entertainment papers, NOLA Defender, called Gayland “the must-see of Fringe Festival,” and that really helped. The awareness has lingered on, too. I live in New Orleans, and there are a lot of people who ask about Gayland when I run into them.

What are your musical influences?

Christopher St. John: I’ve spent a lot of time marinating in Queen, Steeleye Span, and a capalla chant. But I saw my first musical, Oliver!, when I was around five years old. I was amazed by it. It became a family singalong thing. We bought the record and got to know all the songs.

Scott King: I grew up in Kentucky in the 1960’s in a very musical family.  Church music, folk music, Broadway and country. In my teen years I moved beyond my family’s favorite music into classical, jazz and opera. In high school and college, I explored Broadway and some opera. Later I developed a passion for early music, especially Renaissance.  I took a college course on harmony taught by Professor Easley Blackwood at Chicago that had a huge influence on my thinking about music. I taught myself to compose through score study.

So is it true that one of you is gay, and one of you is straight?

Christopher St. John: Yes. But more importantly, we’re both Eagle Scouts.

Scott King: I made it to Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

Where is Gayland right now?

Scott King: We’re workshopping it in New York. Going through cycles of working with actors and then revising. Our goal is Broadway.

Christopher St. John: If you want to find out where the laughs are, you have to get in front of an audience. Otherwise, you can easily be just kidding yourself.

Scott King: We just had a table read at 224 Studios in Manhattan on February 15th. We’ve got a great team together, and the script and score are pretty tight. Now it’s it’s about shaping instead of surgery.

Parting words?

Christopher St. John: Please find us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our site at gaylandthemusical.com Thanks!