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A musical comedy guaranteed to add 6-9 inches of LAUGHS
A musical comedy guaranteed to add 6-9 inches of LAUGHS
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What is Enlargement?

Enlargement is a brand new musical comedy written by and starring James Donahower (The Goldfinch, Odd Mom Out) and Jake Smith (The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater), It tells the story of a dorky high schooler named Benny, a zany scientist named Claudius Von Plume, and the magical male-enhancement pill that changes both of their lives forever.

About five years ago while clearing out his spam folder at work, James was having a good laugh at some of the poorly worded penis-enlargement emails he'd received. This got him thinking: Who writes these emails? Who would ever buy what they were selling? And what if the products actually worked? James took the idea to his friend and Bronze Fondue bandmate Jake, and together they decided to write and compose a musical comedy on that very subject.

James and Jake met when Jake joined James's tragicomic rock band, Bronze Fondue
James and Jake met when Jake joined James's tragicomic rock band, Bronze Fondue

After years of writing, workshopping, and rewriting, Enlargement will finally have its world premier at FringeNYC this October. FringeNYC is one of the biggest theater festivals in the world, bringing in thousands of attendees each year. Many notable shows have had their start at Fringe, including Urinetown and Dog Sees God.

There will be five fully produced performances with a tremendous cast (including Cynthia Bonacum, Ken McGraw, and McLean Peterson), a cool set, and a rockin' four piece band. We want to make sure we put on the absolute best version of the show we can, which is why we need your help!

From left to right: Cynthia Bonacum as Evka, Ken McGraw as Mike, McLean Peterson as Trisha
From left to right: Cynthia Bonacum as Evka, Ken McGraw as Mike, McLean Peterson as Trisha

HELP US PLEASE!

Putting on a stage production of any kind is costly. You've got theater rentals, equipment rentals, insurance, costumes, set design, artwork, rehearsal spaces, marketing and promotion, to say nothing of the cast and crew who are in many cases either donating their time or working for a fraction of their normal rate.

Although we expect the total cost of this production will be north of $15,000, at this time we're trying to raise $10,000 to help cover our total costs. 

Any money we raise above the total production cost will go to our actors.

By donating, you will not only be helping us make a musical that looks great and showcases the tremendous talents involved, you'll also be helping us to tell a story that we think people are really going to enjoy. Despite the raunchy subject matter, Enlargement is a sweet, joyful coming-of-age story that's easy to fall in love with.

Any amount you could give would be very much appreciated. Thank you SO MUCH and we hope to see you at one of the performances this October! Visit enlargementmusical.com for tickets and showtimes.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risks associated with this musical have already been mitigated - the production is insured and our theater location and showtimes are locked in.

Should some of our larger set pieces need to be scaled back due to storage limitations of the theater, we have backup plans in place.

There is of course always a risk of cast or crew member illness. In the unlikely chance something like this happened and we could not schedule around it, additional actors and crew members have offered to be on standby.

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    A personal thank you email : )

    A personal thank you email from us to say "THANK YOU!"

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    Enlargement Guitar Picks!

    You'll get everything in the awards listed above AND some Enlargement guitar picks!

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    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above plus a sweet "thank you" in the Playbill!

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    Two VIP tickets to the show!!!

    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above plus: You and a friend or loved one will receive PRIMO seats to an Enlargement performance of your choosing! After the show, you will get to meet and take pictures with the cast! You will be treated the same way by the ushers as the "regular" attendees!

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    Cameo in the show for you or a friend

    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above plus: You (or a person you designate) will get to say a line in a live performance of Enlargement! A funny line!! (Don't worry, you won't need to rehearse or go to Julliard)

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    Cast-signed Enlargement poster

    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above (EXCEPT the cameo...unless you insist) plus: We will print up a poster (cost: $749) and all of the cast members will sign it!

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    Associate Producer Credit

    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above (EXCEPT the cameo...unless you insist) plus: Make it official! If you give $1,000, you will become an associate producer of Enlargement. This is something you can put on your resumé, of course, but it's also a ticket to a stroll down the red carpet when Enlargement wins an Obie AND when an extremely watered-down version wins a Tony!!!

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    Executive Producer + Show SOUNDTRACK

    You'll get everything listed in the rewards above (EXCEPT the cameo...unless you insist) plus: You will become an EXECUTIVE producer of Enlargement. This is something you can put on your resumé, of course, but it's also a ticket to a stroll down the red carpet when Enlargement wins an Obie AND when an extremely watered-down version wins a Tony!!! Re: the soundtrack, this one is the hardest to deliver but if you can muster 1,500, we can muster a (partial) Original Cast Recording and get it signed by the entire cast, even though they will already have moved on with their lives by the time we complete a soundtrack recording, and no longer respond to our phone calls.

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