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The hit Holiday Musical...FINALLY coming to CD!
The hit Holiday Musical...FINALLY coming to CD!
64 backers pledged $5,340 to help bring this project to life.

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THE PROJECT

 

The Man Who Saved Christmas is a musical comedy loosely based on the true story of ‘Erector Set’ inventor A.C. Gilbert.  In 1917, as the United States was embroiled in World War I, Washington D.C. lawmakers actually proposed a ban on toy sales for the holiday season.  (!)  Gilbert battled the bureaucrats, and emerged victorious.  He became a hero to children everywhere, and was forever thereafter known as "The Man Who Saved Christmas."

Composer-Lyricist Ron Lytle’s “New Old-Fashioned Musical” version of the tale has been lifting audiences to their feet on two continents for nearly a decade.  Yet—despite rave reviews from critics, and countless requests from fans—this toe-tapping score has never been recorded.  Until now!

THE DREAM

Now, after years of “dreaming a dream,” 34 singers, along with a 14-piece  orchestra (yes--LIVE musicians!) have gathered together to bring, The Man Who Saved Christmas to glorious life in an all-new Studio Cast Album.

And what a cast! Veterans of Broadway Productions, Broadway Road Companies, National and International Tours, the New York City Opera Company, and even the world of reality TV Show singing competitions have come together to record the 19-song score in sparkling High-Fidelity, Gluten-Free, Stereophonic Sound!

And it'll be released just in time for the holidays!

...At least, that’s what we hope…But into every stocking, a little coal must fall…

This is an expensive project.  While financing for this project has been in place for well over a year, the budget (nearly $20,000--which includes Singers, Musicians, Studio Time, Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Pressing of the CDs and most significantly Orchestrations) recently exploded unexpectedly. Studio overtime (extra sessions with musicians and singers) has suddenly added to the cost, and has left us with a shortfall.

So we are turning to you: The good people of KickStarter, and pleading for your help to finish this project by launching "The Twelve Days of KickStarter!"  

THE 12 DAYS OF KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

The vocal and instrumental tracks have been recorded and edited.  they sound great!  But the final mixing and mastering must be finished before we can get the CD pressed, and shipped (the album will also be available via digital download on iTunes, etc.)  We must get this final round of funding in place before we can proceed, so we are asking (pleading) for your help.

In producing this album, our goal is not only to create an entertaining listening experience for Musical Theatre fans everywhere, but also to help The Man Who Saved Christmas (the show) get wider exposure, which will lead to even more staged productions.  We want to see TMWSC become a holiday standard at Regional and Community theatres across the country—and the world!

With your help, we WILL reach this goal!  And since you're doing something nice for us, we thought that we'd like to do something nice for you...

THE REWARDS!

In exchange for your kind support of our campaign--and to express our gratitude for your generosity and faith--we are offering what we think are some truly terrific rewards.  We hope that you'll think they’re terrific, too!  We've got Ornaments, Mugs, Tee Shirts and Hoodies, the CD (of course!), and more!  Plus, every single one of our supporters will be publicly acknowledged either on our official website (www.TheManWhoSavedChristmas.com) or in the CD liner notes!  

Truly, any amount that you can give to help support this cause will be greatly appreciated, and will bring us that much closer to getting this CD out by November of this year. 

And, of course, we are begging you to help spread the word!  PLEASE share this campaign via Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help us get people talking about The Man Who Saved Christmas.  By simply sharing TMWSC's KickStarter campaign with your friends and social networks, you will be helping to spread awareness of this tuneful and heart-warming show!  And word of mouth is more effective than all the press releases we could print.

THANK YOU for your support, and for being the KickStarter who saved The Man Who Saved Christmas!

THE HAPPY ENDING!

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge that we face, is that musical theatre cast albums don't sell the way they used to. It's getting harder and harder to find an audience for "our" kind of music, so this is definitely a risky proposition. And, of course, with KickStarter, if we don't reach our financial goal, we don't get a penny! Scary. And exciting!

But this score is good and it deserves to be heard, so we're going forward!

So please check back every day during our "Twelve Days of KickStarter" campaign and see how we're doing. Drop us a line and tell us, "It's going to be okay! You're going to make it!"

Because with your help...We will.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Postcard announcing the release of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" on CD, featuring the show's original poster art. Also, special thanks on the CD page of TMWSC's official website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Exclusive vintage-style Ornament featuring the show's logo, printed in retro duo-tone process. Also, special thanks on the CD page of TMWSC's official website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album! (Digital download also available-your choice.) Also, special thanks on the CD page of TMWSC's official website. This is the reward level that will really help us to reach our goal. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Bonus! In addition to a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album (digital download also available-your choice), you will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. Also, special thanks on the CD page of TMWSC's official website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Exclusive bonus tracks (delivered via digital download) that do NOT appear on the final album. PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. AND, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Wow! A high-quality Ringer Tee Shirt featuring TMWSC's logo! Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Phew! Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Wow! A high-quality, ceramic Coffee Mug featuring TMWSC's logo! Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Phew! Thank you for helping to make the dream a reality!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Wow, wow, wow! A high-quality Ringer Tee Shirt AND the Coffee Mug featuring TMWSC's logo! Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    An awesome heather-grey hoodie, featuring TMWSC's logo. Plus the mug! Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    For a generous pledge of $200, you will receive a signed copy of the vocal book for TMWSC, along with a lead sheet for one song from the show. Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special thanks in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    If you are able to donate at the $500 level you will receive a signed script from the show. You will also receive the vocal book. Plus a tee shirt. Plus a mug. Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special a "Associate Producer" credit in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    This is the ultimate level, and there is only one sponsorship available. For your very generous contribution of $1000, you will receive the original composers Piano-Vocal Score (signed), which was used in the production of this CD. You will find cuts and additions, replacement pages, coffee and tear stains, etc. Truly a one-of-a-kind memento. In addition, you will receive a copy of the script. And the vocal book. Plus a hoodie. Plus a mug. Plus the exclusive ornament! PLUS, a CD copy of "The Man Who Saved Christmas" Studio Cast Album, signed by the composer (digital download also available-your choice.) Plus the bonus tracks (delivered via digital download.) You will ALSO receive a copy of Ron Lytle's "Oh My Godmother!" (CD or digital download) featuring the Original San Francisco cast. And, you will receive special a "Associate Producer" credit in the CD liner notes, as well as on the CD page of TMWSC's website. Thank you for helping us "dream a dream"!

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Funding period

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