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LAFAYETTE: THE MUSICAL follows the rise and fall of the French hero Lafayette amidst the tumult of the French Revolution.
LAFAYETTE: THE MUSICAL follows the rise and fall of the French hero Lafayette amidst the tumult of the French Revolution.
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Lafayette: The Musical

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 LORDS AND MASTERS GIVE ME LEAVE /BEFORE THEY LAY ME DOWN /TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING I BELIEVE /AND NOT JUST FOR THE CROWN 

“Let Me Be a Man,” Act Two, Scene Four

Seven years ago, I had an idea. As a major history nerd, I knew that I wanted to write a story about the French Revolution. What form that would be in—novel, screenplay, a skit at a family reunion—I didn’t yet know. Originally the story revolved around a rather lackluster character named Edourd Pinet, who falls in with the revolutionaries only to discover that A) most of them are crazy and B) one of them is the famous Marquis de Lafayette, the very man whose army Pinet deserted years earlier during the American Revolution.

Two important things changed this: I began to research the life of Lafayette. And I started recording song lyrics and tunes as they popped into my head. The result--years of research and dedication, combing through letters and diaries, translating original documents from French, and composing songs in the shower or Walmart (where I didn't always sing quietly). All of this in an effort to bring to life one of the most remarkable men in human history.

Lafayette follows the return of the American Revolutionary hero Gilbert de Lafayette to France. Anxious to enact similar reforms in his native country, Lafayette soon finds himself spearheading a revolution that threatens the established aristocracy. But as events devolve into bloody anarchy and his own popularity dangerously wanes, Lafayette must choose between his political goals and the safety of his family.

The play also addresses little-known events in Lafayette's life, such as his affair with Madame de Simiane, the execution of his wife's family, and his illegal imprisonment in the Austrian fortress of Olmütz.

Essentially, two things need to happen before a playwright can start hunting for a producer who can get their show onstage: a table reading, and an album. This Kickstarter is meant to fund the creation of a full album which can then be shared with producers, theatres, and early fans (you!).

  • The Table Reading. This is a bare-bones production of the play, without costumes, props, or staged movement. Some dedicated actors read aloud from the script, with a narrator filling in the details. This always the playwright(s) to get feedback from the audience and cast, which then help to polish and perfect the play. A Public Reading of Lafayette has been scheduled for June 8, 2018 at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
  • The Album. In the case of musicals, potential producers don't just want to read the script--they want to hear the musical numbers. Musical Festivals and theatres often require musical to be submitted with a sample album. Our goal is to submit this play to the New York Musical Festival in the Fall of 2018. But to do that, we need an album. That's where you come in.

If you are here, it's because you are AWESOME. And awesome people need awesome swag! (Each reward tier includes ALL previous rewards.)

Pledge $5+ Social Media Shout-out 

Pledge $8+ First Song MP3 (as soon as it's available!)

Pledge $25+ Full Script + Exclusive Storyboard

Pledge $35+ Full Album

Pledge $40+ Behind-the-Scenes Sketchbook

Pledge $50+ Lafayette Fan Drawing

Pledge $100+ Invitation-Only Q&A Session

Pledge $125+ Director's Edition Script

Pledge $200+ Storyboard Character

If we are able to blow our goal out of the water, more rewards will be added! (T-shirts, signed posters, baby unicorns*...)

*subject to availability

Risks and challenges

Like all Kickstarter projects, it's all or nothing. This project will only happen and rewards will ONLY be sent out if we reach the full goal.
Since creative ventures can face unexpected drawbacks, it may take additional time to compose the music. If that should be the case, the music will be sent out to purchasers as early as possible.

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    Good Publicity

    A shout-out on social media for being such a fantastic human being and patron of the arts. Take a bow.

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    First Song MP3

    All of the above, plus an exclusive MP3 of the first fully arranged song, as soon as it's completed. Perfectly suitable for singing along to in the car or the shower.

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    Full Script + Exclusive Storyboard

    PDF of the full script, plus exclusive access to a video story-board of Act Three, Scene Three.

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    Full Album

    Digital download of the full album upon completion, plus all of the above!

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    Behind-the-Scenes sketchbook

    Digital sketchbook providing an exclusive look at the sketches, jottings, and photos of the seven years developing the play, plus all of the above.

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    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Sketchbook
    • Full Album Download
    • Link to Storyboard
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    Lafayette Fan Drawing

    All of the above, plus a hand-drawn picture of your favorite character, signed by the author/artist. Because, you're just that awesome. (Includes all of the above.)

    Includes:
    • Drawing of your favorite character, signed by the author
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Sketchbook
    • Script PDF
    • Full Album Download
    • Link to Storyboard
    • First Song MP3
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    Invitation-Only Q&A Session

    Exclusive access to a live Q&A Session with the author and cast. We'll talk shop, listen to your insights regarding the play, and gush about how awesome you are. Includes all previous awards.

    Includes:
    • Live Q&A Session
    • Drawing of your favorite character, signed by the author
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Sketchbook
    • Full Album Download
    • Link to Storyboard
    • Script PDF
    • First Song MP3
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    Physical Script--Director's Edition

    Only 5 Director's Editions will be sent out! These are the original scripts used during production of the staged reading, and includes all my notes, jots, and potential doodles.

    Includes:
    • Director's Edition Script
    • Live Q&A Session
    • Drawing of your favorite character, signed by the author
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Sketchbook
    • Link to Storyboard
    • Full Album Download
    • Script PDF
    • First Song MP3
    • Social Media Shoutout
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    Storyboard Character

    YOUR AWESOME FACE HERE--I draw you as a Lafayette character into one of the storyboards. And now you can tell people that you're a "professional model." Includes all previous awards.

    Includes:
    • You as a storyboard character
    • Live Q&A Session
    • Director's Edition Script
    • Drawing of your favorite character, signed by the author
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Sketchbook
    • Link to Storyboard
    • Script PDF
    • Full Album Download
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    • Social Media Shoutout
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