Yank! is a WW2 gay love story that was a critical and popular success Off-Broadway in 2010. Finally, we're making the cast album! Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 30, 2013.
About this project
********** Thank you for all the pledges of support that have brought us over the top!!!! If you still would like to give (for the rewards, or to make sure we can, say, have a lyric book or extra instrument) please do! THURSDAY NIGHT IS OUR LAST NIGHT! WE MUST END FRIDAY AT 7AM!!! YES - AM! **********
********Amazing news: Legendary orchestrator Jonathan Tunick (Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Nine) will be orchestrating Yank!!!!! Joe and I could not be more thrilled that his unparalleled mastery of the form and deep love of classic musicals will now be wedded indelibly to this score!*********
"Yank!" had a sold-out run – extended twice! – at the York Theatre. The show earned a raft of year-end nominations: 7 Drama Desks, 3 Outer Critics Circle, 2 Lortels, all including Best Musical. And then – so exciting! – it was optioned for Broadway!…
…Ok, so we didn’t make it to Broadway. But the period following the York Theatre run allowed us to continue to refine the piece, as well as to write three new songs of which we're enormously proud. So now the time has finally come to make the cast album, probably the single most important thing that helps a show live on past its initial run, both in the memories of those who saw it, and as a way to create new fans.
PS Classics, Grammy-nominated for such cast recordings as "Nine: The Musical", "Assassins", "Grey Gardens", "Follies" and "Porgy and Bess", has come aboard as our label, and they've offered to fund a good chunk of the production costs. But since "Yank!" is a big show – 12 actors, 7 musicians, and a whole lot of music – we need your help in getting fully financed!
With your assistance, we hope to create a permanent record of the brilliant performances given by Tony-nominated Bobby Steggert, Ivan Hernandez, Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman, and the whole York cast under the direction of Igor Goldin…so that "Yank!" can reach beyond New York to inspire new productions across the country and around the world.
A little background on the show: "Yank!" tells the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who becomes a reporter for Yank magazine and finds love with a fellow soldier named Mitch. With a lively score inspired by the theatre and pop sounds of the 1940s, the show captures the spirit and exuberance of the World War 2 era even as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival.
Your contribution will go toward rehearsal, studio costs, actors and musicians fees, instrument rental, producer, engineer, art direction and design, marketing and promotion - and if we exceed our goal, an expanded CD booklet with all the lyrics! Basically, it takes a lot to make a great album… and we promise you this will be a fun, beautifully sung, and deeply moving CD. As an exciting bonus, the album will feature the three new songs written for Broadway.
Recreating their roles, under the music direction of Rob Berman (who has been a part of the "Yank!" family since NYMF 2005) will be:
Bobby Steggert (Ragtime – Tony Nomination, Big Fish) • Ivan Hernandez (Into the Woods) • Nancy Anderson (Far From Heaven) • Jeffry Denman (White Christmas) • Tally Sessions (Big Fish) • Andrew Durand (War Horse) • David Perlman (Baby It’s You!) • Chris Ruth (Happy Days – The Musical) • Joe Medeiros (The Blue Flower) • Zak Edwards (No, No Nanette!) • Todd Faulkner (Nurse Jackie)
"Yank!" has always been an incredibly personal project for us, and one we passionately believe in. And we feel totally lucky to have found a group of people who feel as passionately as we do and whose talent and support – along with yours – will make this album a reality.
- Joe and David Zellnik
Risks and challenges
We'll be coordinating the schedules of roughly 2 dozen people - most of whom are working now on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and in LA. But our cast and team are deeply committed to Yank!, and with PS Classics at the helm, we know we can pull together this huge undertaking ...and make a great album that captures these amazing performances for posterity.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
A listing on our website as a donor + A "Yank!" e-picture postcard thank you + All our love an gratitude! No seriously - we love you. Any donation will help us reach our mighty goal!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
Private First Class! Rewards are: a Sneak Preview of the first three finished tracks, sent to you weeks before the album release! + Invitation to super fun CD RELEASE PARTY with Bobby and Jeffry and Nancy and the whole cast! + Your name listed on Yank!'s website as a donor! + A show postcard thank you, signed by Joe and DavidEstimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Captain Level! Rewards are: a T-shirt! An AMAZING T-SHIRT! It'll have the Yank! logo and make you look (even) sexier + Your name printed in the CD booklet of the album as a donor + A personalized thank you on Yank! stationary + All the above: Sneak Preview Tracks, Invitation to the Release Party! ***This level is key to getting the album made and this show launched into the world!***Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
72 backers Limited (3 left of 75)
Colonel Level! We're sending you the finished CD (digital OR hard-copy) since giving at this level really goes the distance helping make the CD happen! + All the above: the sexy tee, the CD release party, your name in the CD book, personalized thank you on Yank! stationary.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
91 backers Limited (4 left of 95)
Colonel Level Plus! This CD is signed by the stars and creative team! + Extra Special Bonus: a digital folio of sheet music from the score of Yank! + All of the above, of course!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
1-Star General Level/*Deluxe Package* ...as you are a treasure, an ally, a buddy, a comrade! So aside from all the great rewards above, we will invite you over to a small, swank party with the Zellniks and Bobby where we'll discuss the creation and journey of Yank! sing through songs/cut songs, with any of the rest of the cast who can make it + A 12x18 show poster signed by complete cast and team! + A signed full score and/or script + Your name will printed in the CD booklet (1-Star General level) ***This level truly will make this CD a reality!***Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
2-Star General Level! Which means: Come watch the recording itself! (transportation not incl.) AND take a photo with the cast member or your choice and we will send the framed photo! + A framed original sheet of handwritten music and draft lyric sheet written during the creation of a major song from Yank! (we'll do our best to accommodate a specific song request!) + You will be listed in the CD booklet as a 2-Star General Level donor! + All of the above (the signed CD and poster, the t-shirt, the thank you, the sheet music folio, the making of Yank! party) ***This is a substantial gift and we are deeply grateful you're helping make this CD happen!***Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $750 or more
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
3-Star General Level: All above AND a signed copy of "Gay Drama Now" with Bobby Steggert and Ivan Hernandez on the front cover!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)
4-Star General Level/*The Ultimate Fan Package* We will WRITE YOU A NEW SONG in '40s style, topic of your choice AND invite you over, and sing it for you AND record it on CD! + A listing in the CD booklet 4-Star General level + of course, everything above (the studio visit and photo, the framable lyric/handwritten music, the signed CD and show poster, the t-shirt, the sheet music folio, the swank party, the release party, the love!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TITLE CREDIT on the Back Cover and production page of the CD! You are a hero, and you are now officially at the Supreme Allied Commander Level! And of course, you get any and all rewards above! You are making this happen. You are making sure Yank! lives on. We will never forget you :)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (35 days)