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Be in the pilot for a new reality competition series that gives the undiscovered talent of America a chance to reach their dream!

New York, NY Theater
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RAISE THE CURTAIN ON BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL!

CURTAIN UP! an exciting new reality competition series is shooting a promo/pilot in New York and would like you to be a part of it!

In CURTAIN UP! three original musicals compete for a chance to run on Broadway! Who gets to participate in each show and which one makes it to Opening Night is decided by the television audience. With the assistance of a panel of Broadway veterans to guide them and surprise guest celebrities to entertain and challenge them each week America will produce Broadway’s next Great Musical!

Television audiences will have a ring side seat to amazing performances and all the backstage “drama behind the drama.” From Diva temper tantrums and meltdowns, to the back stabbing, gossiping, and unthinkable measures some will take to win. Who handles the pressure best and whose nerves get the best of them will mean the difference between getting a chance at fulfilling their dream to be on Broadway and going home!

CURTAIN UP! gives the audience an up close look at the world of Broadway’s musical theater like never before and reveals many of the mysteries behind the magic.

We are shooting the promo for the show in New York City in late May 2013 and with your pledge you can be a part of it.

With different levels of support you can receive different levels of rewards as our way of saying thank you! By being the first to support CURTAIN UP! you will receive such rare and special items as a limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-shirt!

A copy of the original promo show poster signed by the creator. You could be one of very few people to have a DVD of the original promo of a hit show where your name is listed in the credits as a Producer or where you appeared as a featured extra. You might even be invited as the Curtain Up Creator's personal guest to New York City and attend the opening night performance and party of the winning musical on BROADWAY!

Just imagine… You’re sitting in the audience, the house lights dim, the overture begins and then CURTAIN UP! A new hit musical has opened on Broadway and you helped make it happen! Because of you many Broadway dreams come true and the next great Broadway composer is discovered!!

CURTAIN UP! will create many jobs with the TV series crew and all three of the musical production’s staff & casts. Broadway is a multi-million dollar industry! In 2012 Broadway musicals saw ticket sales of 300,000 tickets per week! The dream of Curtain Up! is that it will give those who might otherwise not have the chance a way to show America & Broadway new talent, new material and new innovations! That it will open doors and offer exposure to all the talented people giving them a chance to make their Broadway dreams come true!

Broadway is an exciting and magical world with tricks and secrets unknown to many! Throughout my 40+ years in the theater industry I have often been approached by audience members asking…“How did you do that?” CURTAIN UP! will play to that fascination ! Never before has there been a television show that gives audiences such an in depth and rare look at what it takes to bring a hit musical to Broadway!

Come share in the excitement and join creator Kate Powers and the team at JK Design Productions in the start of this exciting new show that brings Broadway to America like never before! Be a part of the Amazing Race to find America’s Next Hit Broadway Musical! Imagine if you had had this opportunity with The Voice or American Idol! Imagine five years from now as CURTAIN UP! enters its 5th Season being able to say you helped produce the promo that started it all!

This Kickstarter will help to launch a high quality show that can continue for a long time to come. If you donate, you'll get these unique rewards and the exclusive access to this exciting new show before the first episode hits. You will be able to say, “I co-produced the start of CURTAIN UP!” a show that will hopefully become a household name for years to come.

Risks and challenges

Hello everyone! My name is Kate Powers and I am the creator of Curtain Up!
As all projects have obstacles and challenges I look at each one as a chance to make the project even better! Anticipation and planning are key and after giving this question much thought here is what I'm anticipating as possible obstacles we might face.

The first obstacle is related to pre-production planning. I need to locate a theater and rehearsal space in Manhattan to use for the shoot. While there are several places we could rent by the hour my hope is that the Broadway Community will embrace our project and someone will have an available space that they would be willing to let us use in exchange for advertising and credits!?

The next obstacle is casting the talent for the promo. It is so important for the promo to capture the excitement and energy of New York City & Broadway and the drama and anticipation of the show, that finding the right cast is vital! Lucky for us we will be auditioning in the talent capital of the world! I will be advertising the auditions on Backstage.com, PlayBill.com, Stagejobs.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and of course on the Curtain Up! website! I will begin the search way in advance of the shoot & will also be accepting demos and scheduling some of the auditions by Skype in order to limit travel and save on time & cost. I am also hiring a Production Coordinator and Casting Agent to assist in the process. If you would like to audition please send a cover letter, headshot, resume and demo reel (optional) to: info@curtainuponbroadway.com In the subject line please put "Audition Submission" and then what you are auditioning for) "Actor" or "Dancer" or" Voiceover Artist" For additional information on auditions & job opportunities please visit our website: www.curtainuponbroadway.com

The final obstacle is to tie a broadway star to the show as our Host! I have formulated a letter to be sent out to various artists' agents & managers to begin the process. The Host will need to be a Broadway Veteran and a true triple threat as he/she, accompanied by our Curtain Up Company of ten dancers, will be opening each episode with a Broadway style musical number and will need to have an electric energy throughout the series! My hope is to have this talent on screen for the promo but if not I will shoot around identifying the host and use the promo to seduce the right person into saying YES! If by chance you are the Broadway Star of my dreams or personally know someone who might be interested and would be perfect as our Host I would love to talk you about the show! I can be reached through the show's email at: info@curtainuponbroadway.com

One more obstacle exists for CURTAIN UP! but it is one that this project, once completed, will actually help solve! In early June I have several meetings set with Network Executives to talk about aring the show and this promo is vital to the success of Curtain Up! finding the right Network to call home! I have no doubt that once they see this promo they will be just as excited about the future success of Curtain Up! as I am!

I have no doubt that other challenges will arise throughout the process but I believe in this project and it's potential for success, so I know that we will overcome every obstacle and make it happen! After all it's musical theater...it's Broadway! How can it be anything less than AMAZING!

By all means if you are reading this and can offer any suggestions &/or solutions to the obstacles I have talked about here I would be very apprecaitive of any and all offers to assist!

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    $10 reward

    2 backers

    You will receive a limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirt. (See pictures in Story section) Additionally, your name will be posted on the CURTAIN UP! website and appear in the promo credits.

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    $25 reward

    1 backer

    You will receive a limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirt & Cap. Your name will be posted on the CURTAIN UP! website and appear in the promo credits. You will receive a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of the promo.You will be sent advanced first chance audition and shooting schedule notices for the show.

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    $50 reward

    0 backers

    You will receive two, limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirts. Additionally, your name will be posted on the CURTAIN UP! website and appear in the promo credits. You will receive a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of the promo. You will be sent advanced first chance audition and shooting schedule notices for extra roles in the promo and a behind-the-scenes look at the promo shoot.

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    $100 reward

    0 backers

    You will receive two, limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirts & Caps. Additionally, your name will be posted on the CURTAIN UP! website and appear in the promo credits and you will give the chance to appear in the promo and a behind-the-scenes look at the promo shoot. You will receive a copy of the Promo Blu-Ray/DVD. You will receive two tickets to the television show.

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    $350 reward

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    You will receive three, limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirts & Caps. Your name will be posted on the CURTAIN UP! website and appear in the promo credits as a Co-Producer. You will be given the chance to appear as an extra in the promo. You will receive a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of the promo. You will receive regular updates on production and behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot and a promo poster signed by the cast & creator. You will be given two tickets to the television show and have your picture taken with one or more cast members!

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    You will receive four, limited edition CURTAIN UP! T-Shirts. Your name will appear on the CURTAIN UP! website and in the pilot credits as a Co-Producer. You will be offered the opportunity to appear as an extra in the promo & receive a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of the promo. In addition, you will receive a voucher for two tickets to see the winning Musical on Broadway, including a backstage pass to meet the cast and an original show poster and Playbill signed by members of the cast! (Travel & accommodations NOT included)
    *Bonus reward: If you own a business we will endorse your services on the CURTAIN UP! website for 3 months.

    PLEASE NOTE: Rewards in this category will be delivered at seperate times, beginning in June 2013 and the rest once Opening Night Dates are set.

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    You will receive the T-shirts, the signed poster of the show, the behind-the-scene updates and your name will appear on the CURTAIN UP! website and in the pilot credits individually as a Producer. You will be offered the opportunity to appear as a featured extra in the promo. You will receive a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of the promo. You will receive a CURTAIN UP! promo poster signed by the cast and creator of the show. In addition, you will receive a voucher for two tickets to the opening night performance and private cast party of the winning Musical! (Travel & accommodations NOT included), a copy of the script & score signed by the playwright/composer and a copy of the Original Cast Recording of the winning show upon completion.
    *Bonus reward: If you own a business we will endorse your services on the CURTAIN UP! website for 4 months.

    PLEASE NOTE: Rewards in this category will be delivered at seperate times, beginning in June 2013 and the rest once Opening Night Dates are set.

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    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    For this elite category you would receive everything listed at the $5000 pledge level. In addition, you will receive a V.I.P. Curtain Up on Broadway Package for two! You and a guest will be flown to New York City for the opening of the winning musical on Broadway including the cast party! Hotel accommodations, airfare and transportation are included! You and your guest will spend three days and two nights in exciting New York City. Plus, you and your guest will dine at the famous Sardis restaurant on us!
    *Bonus reward: If you own a business or provide a service we will endorse your services on the CURTAIN UP! website for 6 months.

    PLEASE NOTE: Rewards in this category will be delivered at seperate times, beginning in June 2013 and the rest once Opening Night Dates are set.

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