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.
As we’ve been working with the York Theatre in Manhattan, we’ve recently learned that it hosted some of the early versions of Avenue Q, which went on to win 3 Tony Awards and become the 23rd longest running show in Broadway history. After 2,534 performances, Avenue Q closed its Broadway run on Sept 13, 2009. A month later, Avenue Q re-opened off-Broadway at New World Stages.
That really underscores how great it is for Gayland to be headed into an upgraded table read there. The final date for our read should be set soon.
Pop those corks, ladies and gentlemen! We met with Jim Morgan, Artistic Director at the York Theatre today. Gayland has been upgraded from “table read” to “29-hour read.” “29-hour read” means a table read with more extensive preparation. Also, it will be on the main stage at the York Theatre.
Just finished the first rehearsal last night. So great to see Broadway pros treading the boards singing Gayland tunes!
Above: Director Jason Brubaker (right) and Music Director Elijah Caldwell (seated) work with performers Danielle Rhodes and Connor Russell.