ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' - Original Cast Album
ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin' - Original Cast Album
To produce a studio-quality Original Cast Album of the exciting new musical stage play ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin'.
To produce a studio-quality Original Cast Album of the exciting new musical stage play ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin'. Read more
About this project
ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ is an invigorating, uplifting new musical stage play running Off-Broadway at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street in Harlem. After enjoying the show, hundreds of thrilled audience members have requested an original cast album to be made available for purchase.
In response, we are starting a Kickstarter campaign to produce a studio-quality original cast album of the exciting musical stage play ALIVE! In the live musical, all the performers are fifty-five years of age and older. They share a personal story about a turning point in their lives, and then sing a song expressing the emotions surrounding that life-changing experience.
ALIVE! is about the healing and transformative power of story and song. With music ranging from gospel, to soul, to blues, to R&B, to pop, and even Broadway, ALIVE! captures the wide spectrum of the total Black experience in sound. The play and the original cast album feature some of the best music from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
So much of our emotional and romantic lives are colored by music and songs that evoke memories and intense feelings. This cast album will preserve and promote the way music used to be—personal, passionate, and heartfelt.
The studio recording of ALIVE! will allow the stories and music performed in this show to be shared with an audience well beyond those in attendance at each live performance. One viewer said, “I knew and grew up with this music, but when I heard them sung and performed in ALIVE! with such personal meaning and passion, I could never think of the song in the same way again.”
The budget of $25,000 covers the costs of studio rental and engineer, talent fees, licensing material, mixing and mastering time, artwork, and duplication expenses. As a contributor, you can help and participate in the growth of this project.
Our thanks to you may include a CD of the ALIVE! original cast album, complimentary tickets to ALIVE!, or a meet-and-greet with Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, the creators of the groundbreaking musical MAMA, I WANT TO SING.
At every level of donation, we’ll print your name on a special thank you page in the CD booklet, and you’ll always hold a piece of our heart. You will have the satisfaction of helping a small Off-Broadway show reach larger audiences.
ALIVE! is also about second chances—getting an opportunity later in life to express a talent that had been long hidden. The cast of ALIVE! includes nurses, teachers, administrators, and electricians—with extraordinary talent.
Please participate and donate whatever you can to keep this real, deep, and soulful musical alive. We will keep you posted on the development of the property, and we are confident that you will be thrilled with the final product—the Original Cast Album of ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’.
Thank you for your contribution, and we hope to meet you soon!
Risks and challenges
We will record the cast album in a professional studio, with experienced engineers and a well-rehearsed cast, band, and crew. Once the final product is achieved, with artwork, duplication, and packaging, the risk is actually the challenge of marketing the product to a wider audience.
ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ will be featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, moderated by Lesly Stahl, in the fall of 2014. Millions of people will get an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the performers and staff of ALIVE! The producing organization, the 501(c)(3) Mama Foundation for the Arts, will further find ways to bring the final cast album to potential buyers who have seen the 60 Minutes feature.
We are likely to experience similar problems and possibilities, as any organization that manufactures a product that people want to own. We plan to have an active, up-to-date website for ALIVE! to keep people current on all the opportunities that we expect to unfold.
We have worked with a reliable reproduction house in New York and expect that the cast album will be of high quality and delivered on schedule as it has been done in the past.
The musical ALIVE! is currently playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street in Harlem on Saturdays at 2 p.m. ALIVE! guarantees great singing, soulful stories, and revealing, healing moments—great theater.
The cast album of ALIVE! will be sold at the theater as well as online via the website. Each will help the other grow and expand.
The producers of ALIVE! at the Mama Foundation for the Arts have successfully produced, manufactured, and distributed cast albums in the past, such as MAMA, I WANT TO SING and SING, HARLEM, SING.
Once the money is raised, the project will be delivered in a professional, timely manner. Furthermore, the original cast album of ALIVE! will help generate revenue for Mama Foundation for the Arts, thus expanding the project’s value to the community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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