Waiting... is a modern musical that illustrates the frustrated lives of five people who are interconnected whether they like it or not.
I'm Michael O'Dell, the composer and lyricist of Waiting... I have over 16 years of music directing experience: many regional equity productions and also a national tour under my belt.
Over the years, I've had the privilege of working side by side with some great theatre folk like George Furth and Doug Katsaros. Along the way, while music directing some of the great scores from the musical theatre canon, I've taken notes and worked diligently on finding my own musical voice.
Last fall I ran into two like-minded, talented collaborators - we were all in the right place at the right time. One, a collaborator from another show, the other, a new music comrade. Our conversations led to first drafts and third drafts, and then tenth drafts, which led to two table readings. Now an actual production is happening.
These collaborators, Ryan Connell and Lillie Jayne, wrote the script with me. Ryan is also writing the incidental music. Lillie is also directing and playing the role of Josie.
Waiting...is a modern musical that illustrates the frustrated lives of five people who are interconnected whether they like it or not. Sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it's not funny at all. Just like real life.
...GG is waiting to catch a break. Grace is waiting for a breakthrough. Prof is waiting for the next high. Izzy is waiting to finish high school. And Josie...is waiting for the weekend...
Told in vignettes, Waiting...has a vibrant musical score with a revamped jazz-rock inflection, lyrics that alternately plead and smirk, and a clear and intimate script. All of these elements combine to create a musical that somehow manages to feel richly classic and startlingly new at the same time.
FYI: The soundtrack to our Kickstarter video is called Beautiful, a jazzy lament the character Prof sings to his son GG.
Our plan is to have raised $1000 or more by Midnight (MST), Friday, May 4, 2012. This will fund our workshop production here in beautiful Boulder, CO. We have a great group of actors and staff joining us from NYC to add their artistry to the mix. Everyone's coming here for production week which begins May 5th.
Our goal is to mount this workshop production so we can see it on its feet and then revise it for festivals and future productions. The ultimate goal is to possibly turn this one-act into a full length production.
But first things first.
We need you. Become our partners and help our show grow. Your pledge helps us get our cast and staff here to Boulder and also provides additional funds for our set and musicians.
We believe in this show: the music, lyrics, script, and the characters. And the story: full of edgy humor and heart. It sings - just like a musical should.
Composer / Lyricist
We plan on orchestrating for Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Piano, Drums/Percussion AND because we are performing at a church PIPE ORGAN for THE DREAM Vignette!
Let's just say they are two items involved in a kind of "chemistry experiment."
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