The BAM! Musical Production
The BAM! Musical Production
We want to create a new musical based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado..." using original music from songwriters Zack Weber and L.J. Nachsin.
We want to create a new musical based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado..." using original music from songwriters Zack Weber and L.J. Nachsin. Read more
About this project
When that hushed excitement before the curtain goes up and the magic that is created onstage with a talented cast is so compelling you’re on the edge of your seat, you desperately want to share that feeling. But usually the mention of musical theatre gets a “huh?” or a “whatev,” and you know you’re sunk. So, what to do? Answer: Use a medium (video) everyone’s plugged into and hook them with contemporary music and brilliant story-telling. Et voila! Like the magician pulling the rabbit out of the hat, you’ve created magic.
BAM! is a brand new musical based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Like the movie "10 Thing I Hate About You" that borrowed from Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew," we are modernizing the dialog and plot points and setting the story in 1967. In arguably one of Shakespeare's best comedies, everyone is having a great time with "the merry war" between Ben and Bea, the young love story and the hilarious antics of Dogberry and Virgil.
The music is from singer-songwriter-performer Zack Weber (who will star in the show!) and L.J. "Larry" Nachsin, a New York City composer who has written music for many national commercials and television shows. The story of how they met could be a play on its own! When we heard their joint effort, we just fell in love with the music!
In addition to his work on BAM!, Mr. Nachsin has enjoyed placements of his music on American Pickers, Last Call with Carson Daly, Pawn Stars and a McDonald's commercial, to name a few. Larry's music is also featured in the films "Inescapable" starring Maria Tomei, "The Sitter" (director's cut) with Jonah Hill and the anti-bullying movie, "Senior Prank."
Zack, who has opened for Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and John Mayer continues his recording career with two CD's, "Daydreams and Day Jobs" and "Funk!" He also performs regularly with his band in Austin and St. Louis, as well as fronting the Austin version of The Spazmatics.
So many Kickstarter theatre projects are designed for live performances on the stage. We take that concept to the next level by offering you a chance to actually see the show in the comfort of your living room by producing a limited number of CDs and DVDs.
We have agreements with the composers, actors and crew. And since we are shooting in Texas, a right-to-work state, we can bring this very special intellectual property to you very cost effectively. There will be no flying monkeys or witches. Our set will be stylish but not grandiose. We will shoot with DSLR cameras to bring you more of a "film feel" than "dad's camcorder." We plan to produce in 5.1 for the DVD for a better audio theater experience.
The music will be rearranged to reflect the sounds of 1967. Looking at the Top 100 songs of that year, the diversity in music styles--from The Beatles' "Penny Lane" to The Four Seasons "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" to Frank and Nancy Sinatra singing "Something Stupid"--it was an era where many styles of music were being heard. We hope to capture that spirit.
Every cent will be used for theater rental, Music Director, Arrangers, Director, Choreographer, tech crew, set, costumes, additional equipment rentals, CD/DVD duplication, fulfillment and small stipends for the actors and chorus members.
Risks and challenges
Right now our biggest challenge and one of our largest expenses is securing a theater. We have contacted some local private schools with appropriate spaces. Worst case scenario: we rent an empty space and create our own theater with lighting and sound equipment we already own.
The risk with BAM! is moving quickly enough to get everything finished in an timely manner. We have two arrangers working on music tracks and have budgeted for studio singers to sing the ensemble pieces. We will still need to get cast solos recorded during the month of June/early July.
The other challenge will be editing a great looking video with excellent audio. Since we will have the luxury of second takes, we will have that much more footage to consider when editing. Having a DVD ready for shipping in October is doable but tight.
We don't anticipate issues with fulfillment. Kathy, Assistant to Everything, has an online business and ships worldwide every week. The digital downloads can be delivered from a number of online services.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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