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GAY CARD is the hilarious and heartfelt new musical about finding where you belong. UPDATE: Get the album on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, and everywhere else.
GAY CARD is the hilarious and heartfelt new musical about finding where you belong. UPDATE: Get the album on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, and everywhere else.
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What is GAY CARD?

GAY CARD is the hilariously heartwarming story of Logan Kapler, a one-friend loser who never felt like he belonged. But now that he's starting college, he has a trick up his sleeve that he's sure will change everything: he's gay. Gay people are awesome; therefore, he will be awesome.

Except his new college housemates don't agree (#fail). They revoke his "gay card" and deem him not-awesome-enough-to-be-gay instead. Determined to prove them wrong, Logan embarks on a quest to earn his gay card. And he will stop at nothing—not even losing his best friend or ruining his chances at love—to get the life he always dreamed of.

What are you funding?

We’re essentially creating a cast album, meaning that it will be the definitive recording of the show. And of course, it will be available for everyone to enjoy as a digital download or stream on several platforms. The album is already half recorded and will be released in early 2017, but we need your help to make this project a reality.

All actors, musicians, and technicians will be paid for their artistry with the money from this Kickstarter. Too many artists are asked to give away their invaluable skills for free. We don’t believe in doing that.

Sean Doherty - Logan (left), Derek Klena - Graham (top), Melissa Mitchell - Melanie (bottom)
Sean Doherty - Logan (left), Derek Klena - Graham (top), Melissa Mitchell - Melanie (bottom)

Joining us are ten truly awesome musical theatre performers, including Derek Klena (Wicked, Anastasia), Melissa Mitchell (Les Misérables, Giant), and Sean Doherty (The Lightning Thief, Forever Plaid), as well as a team of top-notch musicians for the show’s five-piece band.

Here’s a preview of Sean Doherty singing a piano demo version of Logan’s first song, “What It Feels Like to Belong.”

Who are we? 

We’re two musical theatre writers scraping out a living in New York City, working to create great new musicals along the way. Ryan is from Naperville, IL and went to Vanderbilt University for music composition. Jonathan is from Delray Beach, FL and went to Rollins College for theatre arts. We met at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and have been working together on several pieces since we graduated in 2014. Along the way, we've participated in programs like the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony and have been named Finalists for the Jonathan Larson Grants.

Where did the show come from? 

GAY CARD started with something silly—something silly that bothered us. When Jonathan was in college, some friends of his used to joke about taking away people's "gay cards." If they didn’t know a Madonna song? Gay card revoked. If they didn’t dress in the latest fashions? Whoops, there it goes. It was a joke. No one meant any harm, but it drove Jonathan crazy.

The musical began as an examination of why. It became a story filled with all the questions, contradictions, stupid mistakes, and unsettling revelations that made up our formative years. Logan and Melanie say it best at the end of the show in this demo of "Playing Pretend."

Why are we doing this? 

It’s a story that resonates with people. Every time the show is performed, we’re astonished by the number of people who connect to it, even those who you might not think would. We want to share that experience with as many people as possible.

What’s the show's history? 

We originally wrote GAY CARD as a thesis musical in our second year at NYU. Back then, it was condensed into a 90-minute format.

NYU reading, May 2014
NYU reading, May 2014

From there, we developed the show through a workshop called Agile FORMations, which allowed us to flesh it out into a full two-act structure.

Agile FORMations workshop, August 2014
Agile FORMations workshop, August 2014

While writing other projects, we came back to GAY CARD every few months to work on the things we felt still weren’t right. Eventually, we premiered the final version at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. The production continued on to become a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in the following weeks.

College of Charleston production, April 2016
College of Charleston production, April 2016

We couldn’t be more excited to share this piece with the world. We hope you’ll be a part of bringing it to life.

Risks and challenges

What if we don’t have enough time?

Both of us work day jobs, as do most of the artists involved in this project. We’ve taken special care to determine schedules and build realistic timeframes to accomplish this project. We’ve been handling a large workload for many years and we know our limits at this point. The nice thing about work in a team is that, if one person gets busy, the other can help pick up the slack so the project doesn’t get behind.

What if the project gets delayed?

Aside from the two days we are in the recording studio, the timeframe is completely flexible. This means that some minor delays here and there are not detrimental. Rest assured, though, we want this album to be released as quickly as possible. We will continuously update all Kickstarter backers as to how the project is progressing. We’ve spend our lives in the theatre, so we know how to meet deadlines.

Do the we have the skills needed?

In short, yes. We have the training and skill to complete every task we are taking on. For anything we don’t—mixing/mastering, audio engineering, and album art design, to name a few—we have already secured someone who is perfect for the job.

What if the project goes over budget?

The budget for the project is significant, but we’ve spent months pricing out what we need and, at this point, nearly all costs are set. If the project goes over budget, it will only be by small amounts that we can cover ourselves. We believe in this project and we will find a way to pay for it no matter what.

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