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We are looking to raise a minimum of $30,000 to cover the commission fees for having this piece created. Any money raised above $30,000 will be applied fully and directly to the world premiere production at The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich, CT.
This production will run every year, as part of our 6 show, year-long season. In addition, this production is the launching pad for a week-long cultural tourism event featuring Period Balls, Lectures, Author Discussion, Historical Re-enactments, Concerts, High-teas and even a street festival, all of which are being created to showcase the rich Revolutionary War history that is associated with Norwich, with a focus on Benedict Arnold. This production is only the beginning of a much larger - and hopefully, NATIONAL - tourism project, designed to revitalize, energize and engage not only the Norwich community but all lovers of history, theater and travel.
Norwich, CT is the birthplace of Benedict Arnold. His family is buried here. As the only professional theater in the city and in an honest and deliberate effort to encourage this city to reconnect with it's revolutionary history - and there is much of it - we have commissioned three established writers to create this musical. The musical will be part of our 6 show season, every year in an additional effort to increase tourism to the region. Norwich owns Benedict Arnold...it's time for us to discover the man.
The Spirit of Broadway Theater is now in our 16th season and are internationally recognized for our full production new musicals. Over the past 16 years we have worked with the vanguard of new and established musical theater writers to bring their shows to life. Many of our productions have gone on to productions in other theaters, off-Broadway or made it into publication. We work with cutting edge designers and the best and brightest in talent: both onstage and behind the scenes.
BENEDICT ARNOLD is written by, Richard Vetere, Book; Jeffrey Lodin, Music; and William Squier, Lyrics.
The production features Set Design by Mike Billings, Lighting Design by Anne Sitzman, Musical Direction by Dan Brandl. Costume Design and Direction by Brett A. Bernardini.
Monday, August 26, 2013 - The production will begin rehearsals on. (This world premiere will have the same rehearsal process as we afford all our world premieres!)
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - First rehearsal with orchestra
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 12 hour technical rehearsal
Monday, September 9, 2013 - First Dress rehearsal
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Invitation ONLY Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday, September, 11, 2013 - First PUBLIC performance
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Black Tie Opening Night Gala
Performances are Wednesday, September 11 through October 12, 2013. The Spirit of Broadway Theater, 24 Chestnut Street, Norwich, CT 06360 Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are available through the Box office at 860.886.2378. Major Credit Cards Accepted.
Jeffrey Lodin (Music) and William Squier (Book & Lyrics) have collaborated on the musicals Disney's Doug Live! (Walt Disney World), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players, SBT, NMTN “Director’s Choice”, Global Search for New Musicals, Curtain Call, New Voices in the Heartland), and Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, SBT). Their newest musical, Blindsided by a Diaper received a developmental run at Curtain Call, Inc. in Stamford, CT, directed by B.T. McNicholl. Their songs have appeared on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug's First Movie; and at the International Children's Festival. Jeff Lodin’s other scores include: Young Abe Lincoln (TheatreworksUSA, Miracle of 2 Prod.), About Face (BMI, DG, NAMT), Nice People, Naughty Girl (CAP21); his songs can be heard on the cd A Celebration of Life (Randy Graff & Judy Kuhn). He was awarded a Meet the Composer Grant by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Jeff was also the music director and arranger of the recent Off- B’way run of The Sphinx Winx and the upcoming production of Liberty. He has also served as a conductor for Chita Rivera and pianist for Andy Gibb & Mongo Santamaria. Bill Squier won an Emmy Award for writing WKYCTV’s Unusual Phenomenon. His plays and musicals have appeared Off- B’way: The Treatment of Doctor Love (Playhouse 91); Off-Off B’way: GMan (Nat Horne Theatre), Babalu (Sanford Meisner); regionally: Boywonder (Contemporary Arts, Depot Theatre), Klemperers’ New Clothes (Actors’ Playhouse, Columbia Entertainment Co., Newark Academy, SBT, LA Festival of New American Musicals), Route 66 (Village Theater, Kansas City Crossroads Festival), The 3 Scrooges (Curtain Call, Ingersoll Theatre, Miracle of 2 Prod.); TV: It’s the Weekend (ABC). He was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship, the Coleman A. Jennings Award, the Jackie White Memorial Award, the 11th Annual National Children’s Festival’s new script award, and grants from NEFA, the Puffin Foundation and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Both Jeff and Bill are members of the Dramatists Guild and BMI. www.lodinandsquier.com
Richard Vetere (Book) wrote the Pulitzer Prize nominated play ONE SHOT, ONE KILL which premiered at NY’s Primary Stages in 2002. He was commissioned by producers Sonny Grosso, Phil Ramone and Pierre Cossette to write the book for a musical about the life of Mario Lanza. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, including GANGSTER APPAREL, THE ENGAGEMENT and THE CLASSIC. Richard wrote the critically acclaimed novel THE THIRD MIRACLE, published by Simon & Schuster, and he co-authored the screenplay adaptation for the Sony Pictures Classics release produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agneiszka Holland and starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche. He adapted his play THE MARRIAGE FOOL into one of CBS’s highest rated television movies, starring Walter Mathau and Carol Burnett. He adapted his play HALE THE HERO! for A&E’s General Motors Playwright’s Theatre, starring Elisabeth Shue. Other film credits include VIGILANTE, starring Robert Forester, and his adaption of his play HOW TO GO OUT ON A DATE IN QUEENS, starring Jason Alexander. Richard is currently in pre-production on the screenplay adaptation of his stage play SAFE, which will star Chaz Plamenteri. Richard has received numerous grants and awards for poetry and playwriting from the Mary Roberts Rineharts Foundation and Cultural Council / C.E.T.A., among others. His published books of poetry include MEMORIES OF HUMAN HANDS and A DREAM OF ANGELS. His television work includes writing for Danny Aiello’s CBS series DELLAVENTURA and acting as Story Editor for the ABC series THREAT MATRIX. Richard is a member of the WGA, Dramatist Guild, Authors Guild, Poets & Writers and the New York Playwrights lab run by Irrael Horovitz. Born and raised and still living in NYC, Richard holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in comparative English Literature.
Below is a song from the future BENEDICT ARNOLD musical, Book by Richard Vetere, Music by Jeff Lodin and Lyrics by William Squier. "Two Very Different Men"
Risks and challenges
This is a world premiere musical...it has never been seen before. The challenge will be to stand up a brand new musical within the allotted time frame. Because of the financial challenges we have had in fund raising, the earlier planned workshops - where many problems are initially addressed - did not happen We will be staging and building a world premiere musical at the same time as were "finishing" the show. Thankfully, this is nothing new to us at The Spirit of Broadway Theater and we are eager and excited to get to work!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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