This project's funding goal was not reached on July 20, 2012.
About this project
"Imagine if Indiana Jones was reworked as a musical and you might come close to Maya..." Kate Finburg (USA Today)
Let me tell you a little about me and "Maya."
Maya rivals "Les Miserables" in scope and ambition. Maya transports us back in time with mesmerizing music and story. The end of the Mayan civilization looms as young people fall in love, ambition reigns, and two brothers play a game of life and death.
As drought and famine ravage the Mayan people, the King struggles with what to do. He decides to marry his only daughter to the son of the High Priest in an attempt to please the gods by merging the religious and political sides of the empire into one union.
There are a couple of problems with the King’s plan. First, the princess has fallen in love with the younger brother. Second, the throne has been promised to the king’s nephew, who will not give up his claim to the throne without a fight.
As the drought worsens, taking the Queen’s life, in desperation the King agrees to reinstate the Mayan tradition of human sacrifice. Through the luck of the draw, the brothers are pitted against one another in a game of life and death.
Ultimately, suicide, murder and self-sacrifice leave the civilization in ruin, but the lovers set course for a new life together.
"Maya" has many unique features...
- Takes you to a world never before explored in theatre; unlocks some of the mysteries associated with the ancient Mayans
- Powerful and very singable songs that you will find yourself humming long after you leave the theatre
- Imagine the eye-appeal with brightly colored costumes, fantastic architecture, and an ancient/foreign world
Maya started out as a staged reading/sing-through about 7 years ago, and after many drafts and improvements had its London debut (Off-West End) in 2011. Two things were quite evident: 1) the music/songs were a hit—everyone was moved and impressed at the quality of the songs; 2) the book (or story) needed some improvements. After 3 new drafts and a test run in NYC (reading/sing-through)—we are ready to return to return Maya to the stage.
The original performance was done in a small theatre with a very limited budget. You can see the show reel (13 minutes of highlights) on YouTube. Overall this was an amazing production from A Staged Kindly (London based production company) - considering the budgetary constraints. Take a moment to experience the unique feel of this musical. Unfortunately, you will also experience the limitations of a small production (i.e. rudimentary costumes, piano accompaniment only, sparse sets, etc.).
“Maya, with its original storyline and beautiful score could very well be the next big thing…
"The simplistic nature of the show was fine for now and it was quite interesting and unique to see a musical in such an intimate space, but I sincerely hope that it will be developed and taken to a larger venue with a greater dimension to all the various aspects. If so, some clever producer could make a tidy fortune on this one.” (Suite 101…Lisa Parsons)
After completing new drafts and some staged readings in NYC, we have a new and exciting version of "Maya." Songs were re-written and new songs added! We are now ready to take this musical to the next level. You may be wondering, what exactly is the next level? It is really a good-better-best scenario. We had a "good" production in 2011, thanks to "A Stage Kindly" (Production Company). Now with this new version, we are ready to move to a "better" production ( i.e. larger theatre, better costumes, sets, additional musical instruments, etc. ). See below for a more detailed description of "better". Ultimately, we hope to have a "big" producer take Maya to an even bigger level... or "best." This would be a much larger theatre in London or New York City...perhaps even Broadway! We want to provide a sufficiently elaborate production to get producers and larger backers excited.
- Musical Accompaniment: Add more musical instrumentation-- instead of just piano, I would like to add a couple of guitars, percussion, bass and perhaps even a pan flute... all to capture the indigenous feel of the project. This requires some expertise to assure the arrangements are beautiful and contemporary. We have an experienced Broadway musical arranger on board, who has already committed to the project. ($8K)
- Sets, Props and Costumes: We need a touch of the ancient Maya world expressed in costuming, sets and props... we can hold down the cost (feathers are surprisingly expensive)... but want the larger producers to get an image of the potential. ($4k)
- Production Costs: We have a small but talented and resourceful production company on deck and ready to go as soon as the funding is secured. They will oversee this stage of the production, secure a larger theatre and pull the production together. They will need to rent theatre space, handle all of the legal aspects, advertising, administrative costs, pay actors, etc. They will also assure that the right "big" producers are in the theatre for showtime. They will have a vested interest in seeing this production soar! ($13K)
- Total Cost: We have laid out an austere budget and are ready for the next steps. We can make this happen for $25K (USD). Your sponsorship and support are tremendously appreciated. We need you to make Maya come to life!
Visit our website: Maya, the Musical
Have some questions? Check out our FAQs.
Or feel free to email me at Rick@mayathemusical.com
Thank you so much for your support!
Here are a few of the songs from the London 2011 performance of "Maya" recorded LIVE!
We have hopes of bringing “Maya, the Musical” to a bigger and better production, with larger sets, costumes, more instrumentation, etc. Ultimately, our goal is to have a “big” producer take this work to the big time. In London, that would be the West End, in the US of course Broadway.
This was a hard choice--- We love NYC and the Great White Way. As it would happen, producers in London, expressed interest in “Maya” so that is where we went! However, the bottom-line is that in London, our funding will go a bit further and we can produce a reasonable production for about half the price as it would have been if it were in New York. We would love to see “Maya, the Musical” launched on Broadway, and will continue to encourage that direction. London is a great place to start!
No. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount.
All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, ship all physical merchandise directly to you, as soon as it is available. We will send you updates immediately.
No problem, there is a button that you can select if you don’t want the reward.
YES! This would be truly incredible. Exceeding our goal would allow us to make a better show with a longer run. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. This is only the beginning of our journey with this musical, we are not in pre-production yet, we are still writing and recording! We have set our goal at the low end so if we were able to exceed it, it would be a dream come true and it would allow us to get more done.
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
YES! That’s a great idea. If you would like to donate to the musical but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.
If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and we will continue to work on the show no matter what! We want to avoid this scenario at all costs! .
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to the "MAYA, THE MUSICAL" budget - i.e. Your money goes directly to the funding of the first production run.
Yes. You can pledge from anywhere.
No. I will oversee the production and make sure others get paid (theatre, actors, directors, set designer, choreographer, musicians, etc.) At this point, for me, it is a labor of love. I do hope to one-day see some return for my efforts, when “Maya, the Musical” is transferred to a larger venue.
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