About this project
SOUNDS INTRIGUING. TELL ME MORE . . .
We are kickstarting a new musical called Oklahomo: Enforcer of Justice that chronicles the adventures of Dave & Gary . . .
. . . two
fabulously-in-love, slightly overweight, completely stuck-in-a-rut, thirty somethings
who struggle to find happiness in their trailer park life in Broken Arrow,
Until one day, they're visited by a stoner alien named Voltar . . .
. . . who mistakenly transforms Dave
into Oklahomo: Enforcer of Justice, super hero extraordinaire, Protector of
As part of his mission, Dave is
endowed with the most magnificent superpower ever created, a power that not
only fights evil but also cures it (spoiler alert: it’s a love
ray that blasts from his crotch).
takes these powers to the people on an epic journey of love and
justice, where he rescues Gary from the clutches of their evil nemesis Dr. Straightlove and saves planet Earth from the universe's forces of evil.
OOOKAAY. SO WHAT DOES THE MUSIC SOUND LIKE?
I'm glad you asked. Here's a little gospel number called "Jesus Loves Homos Too".
And then of course there's our totally rocking title number, "Oklahomo".
And lastly, our ode to the big apple, "(Going Down To) New York City".
THIS SHOW DEFINITELY SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF SHOW. ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
The production will be presented in a comic book format, and is expected to have a running time of approximately 90 minutes, no intermission, a cast of six to eight, a band of four and full bar service throughout the performance.
Risks and challenges
We've been developing this show for four years, and have participated in two very prestigious musical theater festivals in New York City (New York Musical Festival and TruReading Series). We are eager and excited to finally see the show approach a commercial run.
Which leads us to our biggest obstacle and the reason we are here today: producing musical theater is really f#@%k'ing expensive. The average Broadway show costs $10,000,000 to produce, with weekly operating expenses of approximately $750,000.
For a full scale, commercial off-Broadway production, the numbers are less but still daunting, with production costs ranging anywhere from $100,000 to $750,000 and operating expenses of $35,000 to $75,000 per week.
What will $65,000 get us? It will get us a chance. A limited run, 99 seat theater chance, but still, as Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber said, a chance. And we really believe that is all this show needs, a chance to get in front of an audience and conquer the world one heart at a time. Prove to the big broadway investors that this show has legs and is a smash hit waiting to happen.
Of course, the more money we can raise, the better that chance becomes. Every extra dollar means better staging, more actors, a bigger theater, maybe even a star or two in the cast. With the proper funding, the sky is the limit.
It's a big dream, but that's what this show's all about. An underdog, who despite enormous odds, continues to believe in his dream. Musical theater needs this project. The world needs this project. Help bring it to life.
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