[title of show] is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production.
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi, and Larry on the eighty-eights.
With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] — taken from the space on the festival's application form which asks for the [title of show] — follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists.
"[title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre -- a uniquely American art form" and to the joy of collaboration.
Community Players version is performing the clean version of this musical, so it is great for all ages!
Vocal range: B4 – G3
The show's composer, a Broadway enthusiast who especially likes obscure musicals and collects Playbills from shows that ran 50 shows or less; loves bird watching, computer games and comic book heroes, especially Wonder Woman; a realist; while he has a great passion for creating, he worries about what others will think of his work.
Vocal range: B4 – G3
Wrote the book for the musical; dreams about making it to Broadway and one day winning a Tony Award; enjoys watching trashy reality television and 1980’s mega musicals; gets sweaty under his left armpit when nervous, and is often a little too eager to please.
Vocal range: F♯5/G♭5 – G3
Moved to New York to pursue her dreams of being an actress, and out of the four friends has the most Broadway experience (featuring in a number of ensembles and understudying lead roles); the ‘new girl’ of the group, having only worked with Jeff previously; dreams of one day originating a role on Broadway, but because of her commitments with an upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid” she finds it hard to fully commit to the musical, causing tension in the group; a real good singer.
Vocal range: D#5/Eb5 – E3
Quirky and kooky; truly an individual; a ‘Down Town’ artist who portrays the reality for many in the performing arts industry, maintaining a day job to support her artistic endeavors; enjoys turkey burgers, encouraging others to achieve their creative potential (aka killing vampires) and spending time with her friends Hunter and Jeff; has some doubts about her singing ability and is at first reluctant about being friends with the new girl, Heidi.
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