People blatantly stating their inner most wants and desires in verse. Music inexplicably playing from out of nowhere. Random people performing impossibly choreographed dances. All perfectly normal on stage; all absolutely horrifying in real life. 'The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals,' StarKid’s eleventh production, is a horror-comedy where the world itself is being mysteriously transformed into a musical.
What starts as a few harmless singers and dancers grows into a musical pandemic that engulfs the city of Hatchetfield. That’s when Paul, a guy who doesn’t like musicals, and his friends (Emma, Bill, Charlotte, and Ted) must fight for lives against a sinister musical force that threatens all life as we know it.
StarKid has been producing musical comedies for ten years. We perform our shows in limited live runs, then post them online for the world to enjoy whenever they like. You can learn more about us and our past productions (including 'A Very Potter Musical,' 'Holy Musical, B@man,' 'Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier,' and more) on our website (www.teamstarkid.com). For our latest song-filled endeavor, we invite you to join us on a mad descent into a musical hell!
'The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals' will be performed live throughout the month of October at The Matrix Theater in Los Angelos, CA. It'll run four nights a week for four weeks (Thurs - Sun, Oct 11 - Nov 4). So join us in a musical spooktacular for the Halloween season!!
Then, come winter 2018, we'll put 'The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals' up on YouTube for free. So even if you can't make it to the live show, by supporting this Kickstarter campaign, you'll ensure that everyone who wants to see our latest musical gets the chance.
'The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals' is written by Nick & Matt Lang (who have written on every StarKid show to date), with music & lyrics by Jeff Blim (who did the same for 'The Trail To Oregon!').
The cast & crew will be populated with long-time StarKid members (like Joey Richter, Lauren Lopez, Jaime Lyn Beatty, and Corey Lubowich, just to name a few), as well as some new faces. We'll have more information about casting and the creative team in the weeks to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here's the cast we've announced thus far!
JON'S BIO: Jon Matteson is an actor and comedian living in Chicago, but transplanting to LA! Jon has performed on cruise ships with The Second City Theatricals and first met Lauren (Lopez) and Jeff (Blim) doing an 80s musical called 'The Power of Prom' at the Annoyance Theatre. Jon splits his time between doing shows at the Annoyance, making silly videos online (www.jonmatteson.com or on YouTube), and fixing phones at the Genius Bar. Jon is thrilled to be performing in his first Starkid musical, but is terrified of the La Brea tar pits, because if they tricked the dinosaurs they could easily get him.
LAUREN'S BIO: Lauren Lopez is an actress, singer and dancer currently living in Los Angeles. She recently completed an off-broadway run of the new play, 'The Solve-It Squad' in New York City and you can see her in the upcoming series from Adaptive Studios, 'Stellar People,' as well as the upcoming series from The Tin Can Bros, 'The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye.' She is an original member of the theatre company StarKid, with whom she has worked on eight new musicals, two national tours and partnerships with The Second City and iO in Chicago. Her 11 year old chihuahua, Diane, is her biological daughter.
JOEY'S BIO: Joey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan BFA Acting program. Film/TV credits include: Nickelodeon’s 'Henry Danger' and 'Genie in a Bikini,' Disney Channel’s 'Jessie,' Fox’s 'Glee,' 'The Legend of Korra,' as well as Triggerfish’s film 'Khumba.' Online credits include: 'School of Thrones,' 'Muzzled,' 'I Ship It' (Sundance Film Festival, CW Seed), as well as Shipwrecked Comedy’s 'Poe Party,' and 'Case of the Gilded Lily.' Joey is an original member of StarKid Productions. He is a co-founder of the Los Angeles based comedy group, The Tin Can Brothers, where he's been a writer, producer, and actor in their original musical, 'Spies Are Forever,' their short film, 'Flop Stoppers' (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2016 & Newport Beach Film Festival 2017), their comedic short 'Idle Worship' (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2017), their off-Broadway hit 'The Solve-It Squad' (Barrow Group Theatre), and the upcoming series 'Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye.'
JAIME'S BIO: Jaime Lyn has been performing with Team Starkid for 11 years now (as Ginny in the 'Very Potter Musical' series, Candy in 'Holy Musical, B@man!,' the Sea Witch in 'Twisted,' the Daughter in 'The Trail To Oregon!,' and Shwoopsie in 'Firebringer'). Wow! In addition to Starkid, she works with Rogue Artists Ensemble (most recently appearing as the Fire-Eater in 'Wood Boy Dog Fish') and also writes and performs original characters around LA (The Groundling/UCB/iO West (RIP)). Follow her on Insta: JLBeatty & listen for her in the upcoming Netflix animated series 'Motown Magic' co-produced by Smokey Robinson.
COREY'S BIO: Corey Dorris is a graduate of the Juilliard School and The University of Michigan. His Team Starkid credits include 'Trail To Oregon,' 'MAMD,' and 'A Very Potter Musical' Trilogy. Corey was recently seen on stage in 'DutchMasters' (Rogue Machine Theatre), for which he won a Stage Raw award for Best Two-Person Performance & An Ovation nomination for Best Production. TV: 'The Grinder,' 'Stuck in The Middle,' and Seth Rogen's 'Future Man' on Hulu.
The $60,000 we're asking for (aside from fees and reward fulfillment costs) will go entirely towards the many aspects of theatrical production: theater & rehearsal space rental, hiring a cast, a crew, a band, designers, creating costumes, a set, lighting, sound, props, filming the show, and more. $60,000 is a lot of money, but after fees and Kickstarter fulfillment, it will just cover a bare-bones budget for the production. StarKid shows are relatively cheap in the world of live theater, but even so, our musicals usually cost closer to $150,000 to produce. Of course, the more money we raise, the more we can invest into the production, and the better the final show will be.
When you contribute to meeting the Kickstarter goal (and hopefully beyond!), you'll not only help to fund the show (and ensure it'll go onto YouTube by the end of the year), but you'll also get rewards! Be sure to check out our reward tiers and find out which reward package is best for you!
Risks and challenges
StarKid has been producing new comedy musicals for the past decade. By this point, we have a pretty good idea of what we're doing. However, we can always learn more and do better. With each show we make, we try our best for you! We want this horror-comedy to be a fun, Halloweeny time filled with tricks. If we can put up a production that lives up to this show's potential, it'll also be a treat.
Of course, the biggest hurdle for us is the cost of production. Luckily, with your help, we'll raise the funding we need to make 'The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals' into a musical that everyone will like.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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