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Joey and Ron: A New Sixties Bubblegum Rock Musical

A new piece of musical theater celebrating that magical era when music was gooey and the kids dug it!

Joey and Ron: A New Sixties Bubblegum Rock Musical

A new piece of musical theater celebrating that magical era when music was gooey and the kids dug it!

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About


 Joey and Ron is a Sixties Bubblegum Rock Fantasia on American Themes with book, lyrics, and music by Joel Esher and Louie Pearlman.

The show is about a small-town garage band named Ronnie and the Sugars. When their resident music-head and drummer Joey gets drafted for Vietnam, it's up to the band to figure out a way to help their pal out! They end up with a crazy scheme to disguise themselves as a fake, bubblegum-rock band called "The Seven Hundred and Forty Fifth Clock-Conglomerate," and go on tour to try to smuggle Joey up to Canada! Unfortunately, the gang is getting chased by the Military Police, and an evil teacher: Mrs. F!

Will The Clock Conglomerate get Joey up to Canada? Will The Clock Conglomerates' songwriter Ron Roberts write a song that stops the bombs in Vietnam? And, most importantly, who put that bee in Mrs. F's bonnet, man? The only way to find out is to watch a production of Joey and Ron!!!!

A love letter to The Monkees, The Archies, and sugary cereals of decades past, Joey and Ron comes from Joel and Louie's deep love for all things Sixties and their desire to share their joyful obsession with the world. 

"Joey and Ron is a goofy, joyful, and important new piece of musical theater, and the original songs sound like they time-traveled from 1969 right to my ears. Joel and Louie really captured the flavor of the classic bubblegum music era, which is a delight for fans like me and like you."

- Eli Bolin, Emmy nominated composer: Documentary Now's Co-Op: The Musical

How It All Began:

During Joel's career as a musical theater writer, he has noticed that while there are many similarities between bubblegum pop and traditional musical theater (versatile nuance couched in simple, singable, melodically driven music), there's still a lack of major theatrical works written in the technicolor style of sixties bubblegum rock. He and Louie have filled that void by writing ten original bubblegum hits that you will have stuck in your head for decades to come. 

When Louie started writing the musical six years ago, he had no idea that it would grow into where it is now. Joey and Ron enjoyed a staged-reading with a full cast and band in May, which received an overwhelmingly positive response. And NOW, the creative team is currently prepping for an eleven-show workshop run at The Players Theater in Manhattan in November!

That's where YOU come in. Joel and Louie need your help in raising the funds needed to bring Joey and Ron to the stage! Please help make their gooey, gooey, sweet, sweet musical theater dreams a reality!

The Workshop Production:

Our eleven-show workshop run will allow us to take our show to new, colorful theatrical heights. We are eager to use the time and space in November to fully stage the show, with complete sets, choreography, and costumes for the first time in Joey and Ron's development! 

We are excited to expand the already lauded score and take it in new musical directions: all influenced by the rich world of late-Sixties pop music. We are also pumped to make the script as tight, funny and as much of a joyful romp as it possibly can be.

But guess what? The sad reality is that new theater costs money, man!

"I love Joey and Ron. The show explores important social and historical themes through a candy-coated lens with a totally bearable lightness of being. The characters feel like they've leapt out of the 2D page onto the rainbow 3D stage. The ending is truly euphoric and liberating. Just see it. You won't be sorry." 

-Kaitlin Fontana, Emmy nominated writer: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

The Need:

Our workshop run is a professional production, meaning we will be paying everyone involved, including a director, choreographer, band, and our ten-person cast. It's an unfortunate reality that most shows at this level DO NOT recoup their budget. Raising our budget before the run starts guarantees our ability to deliver a stellar product for our audience AND to pay all our talented artists for their time and effort. It also allows YOU to play an integral part in the artistic development of this acclaimed piece of new musical theater!

Also, if Joey and Ron sounds like your cup of tea (and why wouldn't it?), funding the show at certain levels guarantees you tickets to the show at the VERY CHEAPEST they'll be available. So, don't wait to buy tix during our run, have them promised to you now by helping us produce the show!

The Team:

Joel Esher (Composer/Lyricist/Producer): Joel is a composer, lyricist and educator living in New York City. Off-Broadway: PharmaBro (with Lauren Gundrum, OBA nomination "Best Musical 2017-2018"), Folk Wandering (with Jaclyn Backhaus). NYC: Bagels from Benny, Sammy Spider, (with Rebecca Schoffer). Current projects: Joey and Ron (with Louie Pearlman), Noplace (with Gregory Van Acker, O'Neill Theater 2019 NMTC Semi-Finalist). Music Supervisor of the Story Pirates. B.M, Northwestern University. Member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writing Program. 

Louie Pearlman (Writer/Lyricist/Producer): Louie is a writer, performer, DJ and raconteur living in NYC. Writer of Archie Comics: Nice Girls Finish Last for Yarn Texts, contributor to Rebeat Magazine and Tough Pigs. Creator of podcasts Kick the Jukebox & XOXO Riverdale. Twelve years producing, directing, performing with Story Pirates. Member of Robopop! Hip Hop Improv ensemble. B.A, University of British Columbia, and proud alumna of Rock N Roll High School.

Elizabeth Nestlerode (Director): Elizabeth is an actor-musician, director, and teaching artist. Directing credits include: The Spitfire Grill, Nunsense, and countless educational theater productions of KIDS, Jr. and full-length musicals and plays. She has directed, music directed, and taught at ArteCentro Paiz in Guatemala City, Guatemala, University of Miami, Cape Playhouse, Bucks County Student Theatre Festival, Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival, ArtsWest Theater, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Madrona Children’s Theater, and First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Elizabeth spent four summers teaching at The American School In Switzerland where she wrote and directed three world-premiere musicals, which were each performed by a cast of children from around the world. Recent onstage credits include: Diane Cohen and the music captain in the Off-Broadway musical The Other Josh Cohen, and Girl in her 4th regional production of Once at Cape Playhouse, both directed by Hunter Foster. In addition to teaching private voice and piano lessons, she has taught for Disney Theatrical Group for the last seven years. She hails from Seattle, WA and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami. www.ElizabethNestlerode.com @elnestle

Jacob Ready (Associate Producer): Jacob is a producer, comedian, and teaching artist dedicated to lifting undiscovered voices through theater. As a producer, Jacob has had the privilege of presenting work from diverse, dedicated artists at venues including the Tank, the Flea Theater, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and Babycastles. Jacob also works as the Outreach Director for the Story Pirates and a Teaching Artist with CO/LAB Theater Group.

Plus! Special Prizes by Archie Comics Artist Fernando Ruiz!

Fernando Ruiz graduated with a BFA from Caldwell College, then attended The Kubert School in 1991. In addition to his work for Archie Comics, Fernando has also worked as a commercial illustrator with experience in toy design, book illustration, story boarding and much more. Fernando currently continues to write and draw for Archie Comics as well as teach at The Kubert School. 

Risks and challenges

We can't create this show without you! Our primary source for funding for this version of the show will come from your generous support. If we don't meet our goal, it's simply not happening, which would make us very sad!

We hope you'll consider giving, and at higher levels, we have fantastic prizes, including the aforementioned cheapest tickets to the show possible! We also have a limited supply of collectible playing cards, an exclusive bubblegum music mix, and we'll even write you a personalized song!

Joey and Ron is not only a fun cartoon romp at its heart, but it's also about youth movements and the power that everyone has inside themselves to change the world. If you think that these messages have a place in the modern landscape of musical theater, please consider giving!

If you believe (like us) that bubblegum music is a written-off genre and you want to turn more music-fans on to its many delightful qualities, please consider giving!

If you want to spread peace and love across the universe via the glorious medium of musical storytelling PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING!

Thanks for your consideration,

Joel and Louie

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