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Help us make a cast album for this acclaimed, high-spirited, gay musical comedy by ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa.
Help us make a cast album for this acclaimed, high-spirited, gay musical comedy by ASCAP Award-winner Chip Deffaa.
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Please help us realize a dream!  We'd like to make a cast album/concept album for Chip Deffaa's playful musical comedy "Theater Boys." 

The show was a great hit in its premiere festival engagement in New York City.  (In fact two of our original-cast members were voted the best actors in the entire festival!)  This high-spirited  show features book, music and lyrics by ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award-winner Chip Deffaa, the creator of such well-received Off-Broadway shows as "One Night with Fanny Brice" and "George M. Cohan Tonight!"  

 
Having a cast album will help us take the show to the next level--help us get additional  productions in other cities and--hopefully--a proper commercial theatrical production in NYC.  And we'd like to preserve on disc the work of some wonderfully talented singing actors and musicians.  It's a musical comedy with gay themes that--as various critics have noted--will work for most anyone, gay or straight. 
 
As Joe Franklin put it on WBBR-AM / Bloomberg Radio: "I hated to see 'Theater Boys' end.... The crowds were ecstatic." 
 
 Barry Z called it "a fantastic and funny insider's look at the New York theater scene" (www.BarryZShow.com). 
 
 Back Stage called it "a cheeky musical comedy.... The loose plot revolves around the Director, who has lured country-bumpkin Kipp back to his apartment for an 'audition' on his first day in New York City."  Rob Lester, in "Cabaret Scenes" magazine, described the show as "a spoof of theater and its wannabe participants....Songs are...entertaining and skillful.  Laughs are mostly rooted in the wide-eyed naivete of one small-town young man and a former child-star, both auditioning for a new gay show.  Act Two is a revelation: flashbacks show the two main characters as teens coming to terms with being gay, each with a first love.  Suddenly serious and tender, there's also warm coming-of-age humor.  The acting here is thoughtful and moving  Silliness and spunk return for the finale."  
 
We want to make a first-rate album, with the best available talent.  And we need your help, to make that happen.  Chip Deffaa's shows have been produced in many different cities, in the US and abroad.  And having a "Theater Boys" cast album will help get this show out there, as well.  For scenes from the premiere New York production, please click here:    http://www.chipdeffaa.com/theaterboys.html

http://www.chipdeffaa.com/theaterboys.html

Risks and challenges

Making a cast album or concept album is a complicated process. Having made such albums for five shows of Chip Deffaa's already, we've learned that there can be delays due to all sorts of factors, including availability of artists, availability of recording studios, and technical problems. But everyone is highly motivated to see the project through, and the projects always get completed. In the summer of 2011, we began a Kickstarter campaign to make a cast album for Chip Deffaa's "The Seven Little Foys." Thanks to the generous support of about 85 backers--everyone from longtime friends to total strangers (not to mention some kind-hearted relatives)--the project was successfully funded, and successfully completed. All backers got the promised rewards. In the summer of 2012, the album was released. It's currently available for sale on Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, etc. We wound up with some very talented artists on the recording (including one Grammy-winning musician). We hope to have similar luck with our "Theater Boys" recording project. Thanks for your consideration!

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    We'll mail you a hand-written thank-you note, in India Ink, and credit you by name on our web site and in the liner-notes of the CD. And we'll mail you TWO copies of the finished CD, once it is manufactured--with your name among the list of backers! And a signed copy of the script, too--if you'd like one. AND a tee-shirt with the "Theater Boys" logo on it. (Logo designed by Howard Cruse.) Plus a box of "Cheez-Its" (so you'll have a snack to munch on while listening to the CD). Or if you prefer--instead of the copy of the script and the Cheez-It's--we can give you a very special gift: a personalized, custom recording, made by one or more of our artists--a short recording of a Chip Deffaa song, made just for you, that will include a "thank you" addressed to you by name. We made such personalized little recordings for 10 backers of our "Seven Little Foys" CD, and they were well-received. If you don't express any preference, we'll probably send you a custom recording rather than the Cheez-Its and the script, because we think it's a more unique gift. But it's your choice.

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    We'll mail you a hand-written thank-you note, in India Ink, and credit you by name on our web site and in the liner-notes of the CD. And we'll mail you TWO copies of the finished CD, once it is manufactured--with your name among the list of backers! And a signed copy of the script, too--if you'd like one. AND a tee-shirt with the "Theater Boys" logo on it. (Logo designed by Howard Cruse.) Plus a box of "Cheez-Its" (so you'll have a snack to munch on while listening to the CD. Or if you prefer--instead of the copy of the script and the Cheez-It's--we can give you a very special gift: a personalized, custom recording, made by one or more of our artists--a short recording of a Chip Deffaa song, made just for you, that will include a "thank you" addressed to you by name. We made such personalized little recordings for 10 backers of our "Seven Little Foys" CD, and they were well-received. If you don't express any preference, we'll probably send you a custom recording rather than the Cheez-Its and the script, because we think it's a more unique gift. But it's your choice.) Finally, you will be credited on the CD (and on our web site) as an "Associate Producer."

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    We'll mail you a hand-written thank-you note, in India Ink, and credit you by name on our web site and in the liner-notes of the CD. And we'll mail you TWO copies of the finished CD, once it is manufactured--with your name among the list of backers! And a signed copy of the script, too--if you'd like one. AND a tee-shirt with the "Theater Boys" logo on it. (Logo designed by Howard Cruse.) Plus a box of "Cheez-Its" (so you'll have a snack to munch on while listening to the CD. Or if you prefer--instead of the copy of the script and the Cheez-It's--we can give you a very special gift: a personalized, custom recording, made by one or more of our artists--a short recording of a Chip Deffaa song, made just for you, that will include a "thank you" addressed to you by name. We made such personalized little recordings for 10 backers of our "Seven Little Foys" CD, and they were well-received. If you don't express any preference, we'll probably send you a custom recording rather than the Cheez-Its and the script, because we think it's a more unique gift. But it's your choice.) Finally, you will be credited on the CD (and on our web site) as a "Co-Producer."

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