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The soundtrack album for the stage production "B is for Beer: The Musical", created by Tom Robbins & Ben Lee with Michael Wells.
The soundtrack album for the stage production "B is for Beer: The Musical", created by Tom Robbins & Ben Lee with Michael Wells.
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A Child-Like Musical About Beer? 

Yes, believe it or not—but B Is for Beer is really a musical for adults and children alike, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins and myself, indie singer/songwriter Ben Lee, both left-field artists who formed a deep connection on the belief that art can both seriously illuminate and playfully entertain. 

Both charming and subversive — "B Is for Beer: The Musical" takes its audience, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative power of childhood, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski.

Based on Tom's 2009 Novella, he wrote the script, and I wrote the songs (half on my own, and half in collaboration with my dear friend Michael Wells), and we are excited to see this psychedelic children's story about alcohol, consciousness and the Mystery of existence reach the stage some day soon!

We held one workshop at famed LA songwriter's theatre Largo at the Coronet, that actor/director Jon Cryer helped us make a reality. 

An incredible cast of LA actors brought the script to life for the first time, spending a couple of days at my house rehearsing and learning songs/harmonies before the big event. Laura Silverman (who Tom fans will recognize as the voice who read the audio book of "B is for Beer") played our lead Gracie and was joined by Jon Cryer, Kether Donahue, Steven Weber, Paget Brewster, Cary Brothers, Alex Wyse and Sam Shelton. It was a magical event as we took stock of what our show felt like jumping off the page for the first time. We were so grateful for the time and effort our actors put in to help test the waters for our production. 

Following the performance, Tom and I also did a funny and informative 30 min Q+A that is available to seen as one of the rewards for this campaign. It was such a pleasure to see how passionate Tom's fans are and how people are quite willing to take a journey into the unknown, given the right invitation. We left the experience confident that our little show, as unusual as it is, will find its place out in the world. 

But as opposed to the general route of compromise, committee-decision making and pandering to financiers, whatever life "B is for Beer: The Musical" has, will be based on our commitment to the integrity, playfulness and genuine existential exploration. This is, after all, a show about THE MYSTERY of existence! Its genesis was never going to be straight-forward ;)

A show can take different routes on it journey to the stage, and after some contemplation, we agreed that following the lead of musicals like Evita, Chess and American Idiot, we should begin by introducing the songs to the world. Because we are dealing with an unconventional show, from unconventional creators with unconventional subject matter, this gives us a chance to build demand for a theatrical production within our audience, and hopefully provides some proof-of-concept for would-be producers and investors. 

I began producing the soundtrack album to "B is for Beer: The Musical" shortly after our Largo reading. Some of our cast from the reading returned along with some new exciting performers like Belinda Carlisle, Paul F Tompkins, Busy Phillips and Rose Byrne.

Once again, I have been immensely grateful for the generosity of the performers, who I assure you are not getting rich off this project, but wanted to be involved from a space of genuine playfulness and desire to support the project.

We are now just about complete and ready to share this album with the world and get the Beer flowing!

By supporting the making of this album, you are helping bring Tom and my vision closer to reality - and proving that there is a demand for a child-like musical about why we alter our consciousness, and what Mystery might be lurking within our ordinary lives.

As I mention in the video above, Tom has declined to receive any money from this campaign, as he wants it to be used to support the making of the album itself and all the various performers and musicians who are taking part. Thanks Tom!

There are SO MANY excellent awards for various levels of support, from beer coozies, to signed books, vinyl, prints, and even props/costumes used by the cast at our Largo reading (Come on, I know there is someone out there who longs to strut around their house in Kether Donahue's Beer Fairy wings, wand and leather cap!)

Please support the making of this album, and help bring "B is for Beer: The Musical" onto the theatrical stage in the future.

With love,

Ben

Risks and challenges

"B is for Beer: The Musical" Soundtrack album will be released September 2018.

While we offer a VIP circle for early tickets to any staged production, we cannot guarantee when, where or if these productions will eventually take place. By supporting the album/production you are joining us in crossing your fingers and hoping for the right kind of magic to happen!

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    Digital Download of "B is for Beer: The Musical" Soundtrack album upon its release in September.

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    Keep your beer cold this Summer with a limited edition styrofoam Beer holder.

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    Q+A with Tom Robbins and Ben Lee

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    Digital access to the 30 min recording of the Q+A with Tom and I at Largo late 2017.

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    Your favorite "B is for Beer: The Musical" characters come to life in this unique 4 panel foldable postcard set designed by "the Andy Warhol of the Spiritual Movement" Jon Marro.

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    Ltd Edition "B is for Beer" Lithograph

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    Created for this project by "the Andy Warhol of the Spiritual Movement" Jon Marro. Limited to 200.

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    CD or VINYL + T-shirt + book package

    Along with your copy of the album and t-shirt, receive a copy of Tom Robbins novella "B is for Beer" to find out where this whole project began.

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    Want to see you name in print in the credits of this unique album? Send us your name or the name of someone you love as a gift to them!

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    30 min Skype call with Ben Lee

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    Got some burning questions or thoughts to share with Ben about songwriting, collaboration, love or the Great Mystery of existence? Chat to Ben for half hour about whatever you want.

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    VIP album launch tickets

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    Be Ben's special guest to the album launch in either Sydney, Los Angeles or New York. Dinner before the show with Ben and team and best seats in the house.

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    BEER VENDOR's HAT

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    For serious Tom Robbins collectors. Used at the Largo reading of "B is for Beer: The Musical". Worn by Alex Wyse.

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    WHEAT SHIRT

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    Be a Backing Vocalist on the Album!

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    You DONT have to be a good singer to do this. There is one song that involves a pub crowd singalong. Follow the guide we send you and singalong into your phone and you will be immortalized in this album recording!

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    SIGNED BUD TALL BOY CAN BY CAST

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    Only one in existence! An (empty) Beer can signed by the ENTIRE cast of "B is for the Beer: The Musical" album.

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    HOUSE CONCERT OF THESE SONGS!

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    Ben will show up anywhere in the world and perform an intimate set of songs from "B is for Beer: The Musical" for you and your friends!

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    PATRON OF THE COSMIC & PHILOSOPHIC ARTS

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    Receive International renown by becoming the Peggy Guggenheim of this psychedelic exploration. Become one of the few backers that can truly claim to have made this project possible with their contribution alone. As Tom would say, you will feel "ridiculously fine" knowing that you have made a major contribution to bringing this bizarre and unique project to life!

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