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1996 A New Musical

Join us on the journey to get this Blink-182 musical onto a Broadway stage! The road starts here. The road starts now!

1996 A New Musical

Join us on the journey to get this Blink-182 musical onto a Broadway stage! The road starts here. The road starts now!

$1,994
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41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 16 2014 7:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 16, 2014

About

The Concept

It was a night just like any other when creative partner Jonathan Espinoza and I were driving around aimlessly in our small-ish town of Southern California. Jonathan put on the 2003 Blink-182 Self Titled album. The iconic drum beat of the first track "Feeling This" consumed the car when the idea came to him..."This needs to be the opening to our Blink-182 musical!" Having discussed the idea of a Blink-182 musical in the past, it wasn't until this moment that we realized we actually need to make this happen. So we got to work.

Having day jobs and passionate side projects concerning music and film, it was very hard to commit all of our time to the idea. Every so often we'd hear another song that would build the story a little more.  As time went on we began outlining a story that had later became an outlook on the lives we have lived and are currently living.  Just before I went on the national tour of Tony Award winning Broadway musical "Memphis", and Jonathan was heading to Miami, FL. to work on truTV's "South Beach Tow", we sat at a restaurant and hammered out the final outline of what our musical script is today.

The Story

In 1995, the Southern California band "Flyswater" had a hit song on radio stations all across the country thanks to a commercial about custom made condoms for guys who are...not so well endowed. Although the song became a hit, the band never obtained any further success.  Having the small taste of fame, they are determined to climb back up the charts and make a career for themselves. Join the band on their journey back to the top as they strive through the struggle of making a full length album. Experience what it's like to be in a band trying to write the next big hit, as each band member faces personal trials and tragedies, which in turn, inspires them to write and record an album that is already a familiar sound to our generation.

Although the story of a rock band pursuing their dreams of becoming famous is nothing new, what makes this story special is heart. We hope to inspire others to acknowledge that every single person in this world has a story, a struggle we all deal with from day to day. We expect the audience to walk away being reminded that they're are not alone in their journey, we are all fighting something and what we make of our future is entirely up to us.

The Music

The music and lyrics of 1996 are written by and the property of multi-platinum recording artists Blink-182.  The songs featured in this musical (and the video above) are the songs Blink-182 has released on albums (and EP) in the past 20 years of their career. Many of us grew up to the soundtrack of Blink-182 albums. Their music changed so many people's lives and paved the way for pop-punk music across the world.  Wether you were experiencing love, relationship problems, a broken home or a death in the family for the very first time, Blink-182 was there for you.  We found no better way to support our story than with the music that inspired our youth and continues to push us through, even today.

The Team

  • BOOK: Daniel Durston (Flashdance the Musical Nat'l Tour, Memphis the Musical Nat'l Tour, Max Schneider National Tours)
  • BOOK: Jonathan Espinoza (truTV's South Beach Tow, ABC's The Foster's)
  • CHOREOGRAPHER: David Lei Brandt (Lady Gaga)
  • COSTUMER: Michael Joel Turner (Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE & IRIS)
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR: Derek Frank (Victoria Justice, ABC's DWTS, Alan Parsons, Siedah Garrett, Gregg Rolie, Christina Aguilera)
  • GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Michael Fernandez (Founder & Co-Owner of The Modern Ages Apparel. Product for Max Schneider, Chuck E Cheese Restaurant & various businesses)

Currently in search for a Director & Music Arranger/Orchestrator.

Los Angeles Premiere

The estimated date to premiere "1996" is set for May of 2015. We are currently in talks with a 139 seat venue in Los Angeles. With the exception of those who donate into the rewards containing reserved seats (Tiers: $125, $200, $3000), the LA Premiere will be conducted on a first come first seated basis. There will be no cover charge.  Once all seats are filled to capacity, doors will close. If you are unable to make it out to Los Angeles to see the final product in which you are donating to, we have created a reward containing a DVD copy of the live performance (Tier $50).

Your Donation Dollars

One of the beauties of a final product in any aspect of art or business, is that the viewer or consumer may never know exactly how much time, work or amount of money that went into making the vision come to life. It's our job as artists to produce the best possible performance so that you can escape the world you live in, step into our story and enjoy quality entertainment. With that said, this is a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to produce a musical you believe in, and in respects to you generously donating any amount of money, I will list every aspect in which your dollars are going into that will help us make this musical come to life.

  • Venue Rental in Los Angeles
  • Rehearsal Space
  • Performing Arts Insurance
  • Director
  • Music Director
  • Music Arranger / Orchestartor
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Costumes
  • Costumer (1-2 Personell)
  • Hair & Make Up Artist
  • Audition Venue
  • Stage Tech Crew
  • Wireless Microphone Rental
  • Stage Props
  • Set Construction
  • Team of 4-6 people to build the set
  • Script & Program Printing
  • Show Poster Printing
  • Catering for Cast, Band & Crew

As funds come to a total, we also factor in the percentage Kick Starter & Amazon collects once our campaign is successfully funded. (Kickstarter takes 5% & Amazon takes up to 5%). 

If you haven't had the chance to review our rewards, check them out on the right! The photos below are just a few of the items we have to offer!

1996 Logo Guitar Pick

Forever Guitar Pick

 

 1996 Logo Sticker (3x3)

 Flyswatter Band Sticker (3x4)

 1996 Logo Buttons (7/8")

 "I Heart Wristbands"

 1996 Logo T-Shirt

Unisex T-Shirt
Unisex T-Shirt

 1996 Forever T-Shirt

Unisex T-Shirt
Unisex T-Shirt

 Growing Up T-Shirt

Unisex T-Shirt
Unisex T-Shirt

 1996 Show Poster

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges will proceed after the no cover charge performance in Los Angeles. In order to get this "jukebox musical" onto a Broadway stage, we must obtain Grand Rights Licensing. From this very moment on, we must create enough buzz and support from fans such as yourself, to get the attention and support of Blink-182. If we can get the approval of Blink-182, the road to Broadway will be a lot shorter than expected.

The road starts here. The road starts now.

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    EMAIL UPDATE: Witness the musical 1996 coming to life with email updates on all the latest, including behind the scenes videos from our YouTube page!

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    GUITAR PICKS: Two "1996 Logo" guitar picks and two "Forever" guitar picks. INCLUDES: Email Update.

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    LOGO PACK: 1996 Logo Sticker. Fly Logo Sticker, 1996 Logo Button. INCLUDES: Email Updates & Guitar Picks!

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    Show your love with an "I Heart" Wristband! Choose One: "I Heart 1996", "I Heart Musicals" or "I Heart Burritos". If additional bracelets are desired, add the correct donation amount and specify which bracelet(s). INCLUDES: Logo Pack!

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    1996 T-SHIRT: Choose one of the following unisex T-Shirt’s: 1996 LOGO T-Shirt, FOREVER T-Shirt, GROWING UP T-Shirt. If more than one shirt is desired, add the correct donation amount. INCLUDES: Logo Pack!

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    LIMITED EDITION POSTER: Prove you were there first with a show poster signed by the KickStarter Cast & Crew! INCLUDES: Logo Pack!

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    LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD: Can't make it out to the free show in Los Angeles? No problem! We're filming the entire show so you can see the final product of what you so generously donated money towards! INCLUDES: Logo Pack! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. NOTE: DVD's estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    PLAYBILL DIGITAL PACK: Your name in the 1996 official PLAYBILL and sent to your address so you can show it off! Your name on our website as a sponsor. Digital copy of the script. MP3’s of the original reference recordings performed by creator Daniel Durston. Digital show poster. INCLUDES: Logo Pack! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for the DVD. NOTE: PLAYBILL & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    STREET TEAM PACK: Logo Pack, I Heart 1996 Wristband, 1996 Show Poster, 1996 Logo Shirt, Your Name in the website sponsors tab, Your name in our official PLAYBILL & sent to address so you can show it off! Add $25 to donation per additional shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: PLAYBILL & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    LIMITED RESERVED SEATS: The LA Premiere Performance is a FREE SHOW, with approx. 139 seats in the theatre it's likely to fill up just as the doors open. By selecting this reward you can assure that there will be TWO reserved seats for you & your guest for the performance date of your choice. (Est. date May 2015. Housing/Travel not included.) INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name in the official PLAYBILL & Name on the website sponsors tab! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    LIMITED EDITION SCRIPT & CONCEPT ART: Script signed by writer Daniel Durston & Original Concept Drawing of a 1996 musical lead character singed by show artist Mike Eff. INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name in the official PLAYBILL and sent to address & Name on the website sponsors tab! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: PLAYBILL & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    You & a guest sit in on the first ever cast meeting followed by our first rehearsal! (Est. date: May 2015. Housing/Travel not included) INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name in the official PLAYBILL & Name on our website sponsors tab! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    VIP PACKAGE: You & a guest will get a VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet with the entire cast before you watch the show from your TWO RESERVED VIP SEATS at the LA performance of your choice! (Est. date May 2015. Housing/Travel not included) INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name in the official PLAYBILL & Name on our website sponsors tab! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    YOUR BROADWAY DEBUT! Email your favorite photo of yourself or a loved one & our 1996 artist will create an illustration of that picture to be a PERMANENT part of the 1996 Musical set! From our small beginnings at the LA Premiere to our hopeful home of a Broadway stage! You will also receive a copy of the illustration! INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name in the official PLAYBILL & Name on our website sponsors tab! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    THE ULTIMATE FAN! Includes: Email Update, Guitar Picks, 1996 Logo Sticker, Fly Logo Sticker, 1996 Logo Button, 1996 Logo T-Shirt, Forever T-Shirt, Growing Up T-Shirt, I Heart 1996 Wristband, I Heart Musicals Wristband, I Heart Burritos Wristband, 1996 Show Poster, Live DVD, Name on website sponsors tab, Name in the official PLAYBILL & sent to address so you can show it off! NOTE: Playbill & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED GUITAR! Decorate your home or office with the ONLY acoustic guitar from this project signed by the entire cast and crew of the Kickstarter video shoot. There will never be another chance to get something signed by the original cast and crew that made this musical a Broadway hit. Say you were there when it all started!! INCLUDES: Logo Pack, Name on our website sponsors tab, Name in our official PLAYBILL & sent to address so you can show it off! Add $25 to donation per shirt of your choice. Add $40 to donation for DVD. NOTE: Playbill & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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    PRODUCER CREDIT: Your name in the program and website as a producer for the 1996 premiere in Los Angeles. A short paragraph featured on the official website and FaceBook fan page about your generous donation being the top contribution to our vision and helping make it all possible. Enjoy the perks of an ALL ACCESS PASS to sit in and observe any and all rehearsals. Witness the rehearsal process from day one, up to mic check at the opening performance of the LA Premiere and view the show in the best possible reserved seats in the theatre. (2 reserved seats PER SHOW at the LA Premiere. Est. date May 2015. Housing/Travel not included.) INCLUDES: THE ULTIMATE FAN reward. Add $25 to donation per additional shirt of your choice. NOTE: Playbill & DVD estimated delivery is June 2015 due to performance dates. ALL OTHER ITEMS will be delivered in December 2014.

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