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“Hereafter Musical” explores what happens when a loved one dies from the perspective of both the living AND the dead.
“Hereafter Musical” explores what happens when a loved one dies from the perspective of both the living AND the dead.
264 backers pledged $61,250 to help bring this project to life.

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The Goal

We need $60,000 to cover the cost of a TWO WEEK Off-Broadway run of "Hereafter Musical"  (Nov 2011 or March 2012) This includes theater rental (199 seats), rehearsal space, eight actors, three back up singers, one music director, five band members, two stage managers, costume, lighting, sound, set design, marketing and press. We will be inviting investors and many Broadway producers who have been tracking our show to this two week run so they can evaluate us for a bigger commitment on their part.

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The Story

“Hereafter Musical” is a musical drama (with some light touches) that explores what happens when a loved one dies from the perspective of both the living AND the dead. The sentiment of the show is captured beautifully with the reading of Henry Van Dyke's classic “Parable of Immortality” during the show's prologue.

"I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. I stand watching her until she fades on the horizon. And someone at my side says; “she is gone.” Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the moment when someone says, “She is gone", there are others who are watching her coming. Other voices take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying."

The Synopsis

Three women have come together one afternoon for a reading at the Middletown, New Jersey home of psychic, Jason Richards.  They each have had difficulty coping with the loss and of their loved one and are desperate to make contact. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading and we discover that, like the living, they are also having a great deal of difficulty moving on. But the spirits are faced with a dilemma. The only thing keeping them earth bound is their family’s need for closure. They discover that if they make contact today, it will ease their family’s pain, but they will disappear into the unknown of the Hereafter. We meet each of the spirits through flashback stories that take place on their last day alive. Over the course of the session the spirits get revelations and see a side of their loved ones that they haven’t seen before. And as the living shares their grief, the spirits struggle with their decision as to whether or not they should make contact.

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The Music

The heart of every musical is it's music and "Hereafter Musical" has a lot of heart! Take a listen for yourself of some of the musical highlights from the show. You can see lots more videos on the "Hereafter Musical" Youtube Channel.

"Hereafter Musical Trailer"

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"Prologue: Loss into Life & Death" - Frankie, Deborah, Dani & Shea

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"Illustration Montage into Rest In Peace Reprise" - Frankie Keane

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"Someday" - Karen Bernod, Sandra Hill, Frankie Keane & Carol Dennis

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"Lost" - Shea Hess

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"Talk To Me" - Danny Aiello & Frankie Keane

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The Back Story

Vinnie Favale & Frankie Keane have been work shopping "Hereafter Musical" since 2007. Drawing from their own personal losses over the years as well as those of Vinnie's wife Debbie, they have created a thought provoking musical that explores the mystery of life after death. To date, they have produced three concerts of the show's music, and six staged readings (all sold out shows). Their goal is to eventually take the show to Broadway. And while the show is still very much in development, the show is ready for it's next evolution. They feel it's essential to the show's development to stage this ambitious two week run (which will be off book, on a small set, in costume with a full band, Off-Broadway) in a 199 seat house. This will be the first opportunity for some of Broadway's top producers to come see and evaluate the show.

Here's a nice article on the show and how they came together.

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The Pledge Rewards

Among the pledge rewards are; The Soundtrack CD, T-shirt, Hereafter Musical Off-Broadway Tickets and a private screening, hosted by Vinnie AND Debbie, of highlights from the NEVER before seen infamous "Debbie Tapes" as featured on the Howard Stern Show.. You can get the back story on the "Debbie Tapes"  here;

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The Creative Team

Vinnie and Frankie have built an amazing creative team and cast that have been with the show from the beginning.

  • Book, Music & Lyrics - Vinnie Favale
  • Book, Vocal Arrangements & Additional Music & Lyrics - Frankie Keane
  • Music Director - William Hindin
  • Book Consultant - Bill Persky
  • Music Consultant - Eric Garner
  • Orchestrations - Amy Baer & Dani Donadi
  • Studio Engineer - MP Kuo
  • Live Audio - Eddie Davis
  • Video - Patrick Kendall
  • Illustrations - Samuel Zanger
  • Poster Art - Richard Weinstein

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The Cast

The show has worked with many fine actors and singers including Danny Aiello & Carol Dennis.  This was the cast from our last showcase and many will be returning for our two week off-Broadway run;

Frankie Keane ~ Deborah Tranelli ~ Shea Hess ~ Carolyn Mignini ~ Alma Cuervo ~ John Moss ~ Pierce CravensIlene Grossman ~ Jenna DiMartini ~ Sandra Huff ~ Andrea Andert ~ Don Johanson ~ Bill Hindin

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Illustrations and Posters From "Hereafter Musical"

"Playbill From Backers Reading" - June 2011

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"NYC Staged Reading At Roy Arias Theater" - August 2010

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"Poster for Ranney Theater NJ Concert " - May, 2010

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"Poster for Roy Arias Theater NYC Showcase" - August 2010

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"Ranney Theater Concert" - May 2010

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"Ranney Theater Playbill" - Dec 2009

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"Two River Theater Concert" - May 2009

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"Storyboard Illustration" - Sam Zanger

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"Hereafter Art Cards"

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About $1.00

    HERE'S SOME MONEY NOW LEAVE ME ALONE ALREADY! - This unique package is for folks who want to support us but don't want anything in return! Your pledge will guarantee our undying loyalty to you until we reach the Hereafter (and we'll even save you a seat if we get there first!).

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    "HEREAFTER MUSICAL" CD - The heart of our show is the beautiful music that is on this CD. There are sixteen tracks plus bonus cuts which make up the ENTIRE score. It's a wonderful cross section of music which runs the gamut from Beatlesque rock, to R&B to Gospel...and it's all filtered through a Broadway musical prism that would make Rodgers & Hammerstein proud! All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    "HEREAFTER MUSICAL" CD + T-SHIRT - You not only get the soundtrack CD as described above, but an official "Hereafter" T-Shirt (black with the show's logo in the front). All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    ONE TICKET TO A PERFORMANCE OF 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" OFF BROADWAY + CD + T-SHIRT - Now we're talking! Experience the beauty of "Hereafter Musical" the way it was meant to be experienced...LIVE! You not only get the soundtrack CD and T-shirt as described above, but you also get one ticket to see a performance of the show during it's two week New York City run. All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    PHONE CALL FROM VINNIE! + TWO TICKETS TO A PERFORMANCE OF 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" OFF BROADWAY + CD + T-SHIRT - Same as the package above but with TWO tickets AND a personal phone call from Vinnie! And if you ask nicely, he might even sing "Restless, Restless" and tape an answering machine message for you in that creepy "Oh Debbie" voice! Bring a date, bring your mother, bring your significant other. Whomever you bring will love you for it. All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About $500

    LUNCH WITH VINNIE + SIX TICKETS TO A PERFORMANCE OF 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" OFF BROADWAY + CD + T-SHIRT - Same as the package above but with SIX tickets AND a lunch in midtown with Vinnie for you and a guest! He'll talk about anything you want to talk about...TV, Theater, The Beatles, The Debbie Tapes, Restless, Restless. He'll even offer career advice! And on top of all that, he'll even pick up the tab for lunch! All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    FIFTEEN MINUTE SCREENING OF THE DEBBIE TAPES + SIXTEEN TICKETS TO ATTEND A 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" PERFORMANCE + CD + T-SHIRT - Things are getting interesting as we start to amp up both the pledge and reward levels. In addition to the large block of tickets and merchandise listed above, you and three guests (total FOUR people) will get the experience something very few people have seen...fifteen minutes of video highlights from the ACTUAL DEBBIE TAPES! This private screening includes dinner (on Vinnie). All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    THIRTY MINUTE SCREENING OF THE DEBBIE TAPES [HOSTED BY DEBBIE!!!!] + TWENTY TICKETS TO A PERFORMANCE OF 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" OFF BROADWAY + CD + T-SHIRT - OK, it's official...I've sold my soul and I am pimping out my dear wife "Debbie Oh Debbie"! In addition to an even larger block of tickets, (TWENTY) you and five guests (total SIX people) will get to see THIRTY MINUTES of video highlights from the ACTUAL DEBBIE TAPES + I'LL THROW IN DEBBIE!!! Wait, by that I mean that Debbie will co-host the screening. This private screening includes dinner (on Vinnie). All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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    SIXTY MINUTE SCREENING OF THE DEBBIE TAPES [HOSTED BY VINNIE AND DEBBIE] + THIRTY TICKETS TO A PERFORMANCE OF 'HEREAFTER MUSICAL" OFF BROADWAY + CD + T-SHIRT - OK, the reward incentive just got better (and creepier)! In addition an even larger block of tickets, (THIRTY) you and seven guests (total EIGHT people) will get to see SIXTY MINUTES of video highlights from the ACTUAL DEBBIE TAPES hosted by Vinnie and Debbie. This private screening includes dinner (on Vinnie). All pledge rewards will be fulfilled once we reach our final goal. You will not be billed till then.

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