"Things aren’t always what they seem!"
'THE KISS' is an exciting new, magic-filled musical by Oscar-winning animation producer/director Will Vinton and world-renowned songwriter David Pomeranz. This is an opportunity to become part of a great, talented team set to further develop and launch a high-profile, independent, musical comedy and to take a trip “On the Road to Broadway”. For infomation: www.thekissmusical.com
'THE KISS' is an outrageously fun musical comedy - a delight for theater audiences of all ages, world-wide. Based loosely on the beloved story “The Frog Prince” and its pop-culture lore, this modern-day fairytale is a musical twist on the iconic narrative originally penned by the Brothers Grimm. This imaginative take turns the story on its ear and comes up with a semi-adult, battle-of-the-sexes-turned-love-story. Great comedy, appealing characters, stunning magic effects and superb, memorable songs should help thrust this delightful musical onto the Broadway stage and into the hearts of theatergoers everywhere.
'THE KISS' is the twisted tale of a modern romance between a headstrong Princess named Emberlise and the brash Prince Arrolan next door, whom "Ember" detests. And that feeling is mutual! When Prince Arrolan sets off to slay a pesky dragon, he is zapped into a frog and given the usual antidote - requiring the kiss of a Princess. The trouble is, Princess Emberlise would never agree to kiss Prince Arrolan in any form. Since Ember is the only princess for thousands of miles, "Arro" must find a way to seduce a princess he despises - and do it in the body of a frog! The story is complicated by Gladys, a quirky witch who along with her partner in crime Raoul the rat, has designs on Ember’s castle. The deliciously evil duo brew a plan to steal the castle by turning Raoul into a princely dragon slayer, who will lay claim to the Princess’s hand in marriage and wreak havoc on all the castle’s inhabitants.
In addition to the main characters, 'THE KISS' cast includes a band of Arro’s new pals from the swamp: a down-home beaver/philosopher named Granny; a nervous overgrown snail, Sheldon; Jaybo, a bluesy heron; and Sandra, Arro’s wannabe sexy girl-frog. Rounding out the cast is Ember’s hypochondriac father, King Gordo, a nerdy chancellor who wants a frog-sized family, and an array of eccentric ensemble characters that make up the Kingdom’s court.
WHAT WE PLAN TO DO / HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED - This is a truly "independent production", created and produced by us, its authors. While the book and most of the great songs in this show have already been written, we'd love for you to join us to continue developing the project and helping to mount a quality stage production to show off the amazing music, story, characters and magic. A "STAGED EVENT" will be held March 24th and 25th in Portland, Oregon, as the first public showing of the production and the first major step “On the Road to Broadway”. (www.thekissmusical.com) It will be presented to our supporters and to potential backers of the show. The Staged Event will be followed by a pre-Broadway Premiere planned for next year. A year or so after that, we plan to launch the Broadway production in New York.
The Staged Event is destined to be an excellent representation of what we envision for the full production. Join us if you are in the Portland area! We'd love to have fans and friends come along and be a part of our team - guaranteed to be one of the best and most fun rides you’ll ever take!
BACKGROUND / HISTORY OF 'THE KISS' Several years ago, Will’s company, Will Vinton Studios, needed a song writer for a prime-time TV special they were doing for CBS. They did some research, asked around, and heard great things about David Pomeranz. What followed was a several-year relationship, with David and Will working on closely on various projects. While the Studio got busy with other major projects, including the Eddy Murphy inspired "THE PJs" TV series, David and Will continued their relationship out of mutual respect and admiration. They remained intrigued by the potential of a musical idea they had based on "The Frog Prince" - but twisted and turned upside down in every way. David wrote several songs for the idea including "When I Look At You" a hauntingly beautiful love song. While their original idea for this musical comedy was as a 3D-animated movie in Will's unique style, one day while working on it they looked at each other and said, "This show would make a fantastic Broadway-style musical. It's so much more suitable to the stage and theater than to animation." And 'THE KISS' was born. Excited about the potential, they set to work expanding the songs and Will's script, making it more sophisticated and adult, and exploring amazing possibilities for magic effects that had never before been seen on the stage. They made it an even stronger “battle-of-the-sexes” story, increased the jeopardy along with the villain's powers, and honed the music to be eclectic, tuneful, and very funny. In the past year, the team has done readings and workshops on the show and come away feeling very pleased and assured that they have potential for one of the best musicals to come along years.
IT'S GREAT PROJECT! We'd LOVE to have you be part of this amazing team! If you have an interest in seeing the Staged Event or becoming a "VIP Honorary Producer" you can still join us and get tickets at: http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/showdates.php?s_id=463
On the chance that you or someone you know has interested in learning more about becoming a permanent equity investor in THE KISS, send a note to Will Vinton or Producer John Ripper (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll explain the details. And we appreciate your letting friends and associates know about THE KISS!
OUR FANTASTIC TEAM
Book by Will Vinton
Music and Lyrics by David Pomeranz
Story Developed by John Newton, Jim Cox, and Will Vinton
Choreography by Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton, BodyVox
Music Director: Rick Lewis
Orchestrations: Jon Newton
Character Design: Nicholas Mahon
Graphic Design: Anton Kimball
Staging and Lighting: Gene Dent
Production Manager: Meghan Newton
Producers: Will Vinton, John Ripper, and Corey Brunish, Vinton Entertainment, Inc.
Will Vinton: Oscar-winning producer Will Vinton is turning over a new leaf and pursuing his lifelong passion for the stage while continuing his remarkable track record focused on music and comedy in entertainment. In addition to his role as a pioneer of 3D animation, creator of "Claymation” and founder of world-renowned Will Vinton Studios, Will has written, directed, and/or produced some of pop culture's best-known comic characters including the singing and dancing phenomenon “The California Raisins”, dinosaur critics “Herb and Rex,” and the ever-popular M&Ms "Red" and "Yellow". Each of Will’s projects has been an exploration of musical comedy in animation - and nearly every one has garnered prestigious awards - several hundred in total. In addition to an Oscar for his film “Closed Mondays”, Will has received four additional Academy Award Nominations and eight Prime-time Emmys for Outstanding Animated Programs. Will has also won numerous CLIOs for advertising and many prestigious international awards including the Cannes' Golden Lion. Will now turns his attention to Broadway, with stellar music and theater associates like David Pomeranz. For further information: www.willvinton.net www.vintonentertainment.com
John Ripper: John Ripper has had a 30 year career in television and commercial production. He has been a producer and director for PBS networks in Maryland, Chicago and Oregon, worked on syndication and cablecast series while working in the entertainment business Los Angeles, and has had extensive experience producing commercials for independent production companies and ad agencies. In 1988, John co-founded Tyee Productions in Portland, Oregon, where it became recognized as an award winning film and video production company under hi s guidance as CEO. Ever expanding its services, Tyee went on to establish itself nationally as a leader in direct advertising agency with over hundreds of full time employees and contracted crew. Two years ago, John joined Vinton Entertainment as COO where he has been actively involved in developing and producing the company’s motion picture and theatrical entertainment properties.
David Pomeranz: David is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters and recording artists on the scene today. His songs and solo albums have sold over 40 million copies and have earned him a total of 18 Gold and 22 Platinum records worldwide. His songs and scores have been featured in many hit shows in New York and London, including “A Tale of Two Cities”, “Time”, “Little Tramp”, “Under The Bridge” and most recently, the Tony-nominated “Scandalous”. His songs have been performed and recorded by countless artists including Bette Midler, Freddie Mercury, Rapper Missy Elliott, Clay Aiken, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Lea Salonga, Mel Brooks, and Barry Manilow (whose versions of David’s “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again”, and “The Old Songs” were both mega-selling hits.) and his recent multi-platinum-selling album, "Born For You", has reached 10 ten times Platinum status. A Composer of songs for Movies ("Big", "King Kong") and Television (he’s an Emmy Award Nominee) he continues to record albums and tour the globe performing live concerts for millions of enthusiastic fans. For further information: www.davidpomeranz.com
Corey Brunish: Corey Brunish has been a very active actor, producer and director of theater productions since the 1980’s. He began on the performing side then expanded into producing when he teamed up with partner Brisa Trinchero. In 2012, he was a producer for Broadway shows "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "Porgy and Bess". Of the 10 Broadway shows Brunish and partner Trinchero have been involved in the last 3 seasons, their shows have garnered a total of 62 nominations, winning a total of 21 Tonys. Personally, he received a Tony as producer when "Porgy and Bess" won for Best Musical Revival in 2012.
Rick Lewis: Rick Lewis is a very experienced, highly-sought music director. He wrote the hit Off-Broadway musical The Taffetas, which is still produced in theaters around the world. Rick also wrote the sequel, The Cardigans--Those Swingin' Singin' Guys from Alpha Mu Phi Pi, (Backstage New York Bistro Award - Outstanding Musical Revue), and Have a Nice Day! -- A 70's Musical Flashback. Most recently, Rick served as musical director/conductor for Portland Center Stage’s acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof. Last spring, he was musical director/conductor for the world premier/pre-Broadway production of Somewhere in Time. Rick was vocal director and assistant conductor Cy Coleman’s The Life (Pre-Broadway, Westbeth Theatre) and served as audition pianist for the pre-Broadway workshop of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. He has written for Disney Theatrical Group, American Classic Voyages, American Hawaii Cruises, American West Steamboat Company, and the Democratic National Convention.
Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton, BodyVox: Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured to critical acclaim on stages around the world, developed 8 award winning films, 18 original shows and 3 operas, featuring nearly 200 original dances. Hampton and Roland are distinguished artists on the world stage, formed by their years working as creators and performers with innovative dance companies Momix, ISO Dance, and Pilobolus.
Jon Newton Jon Newton has worked variously as composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. He toured the US and Canada for years as a bluegrass fiddler, performing and recording with Mason Williams, Colin Raye, Ray Wiley Hubbard, and other country music stars. In the 80’s Jon formed a forward-looking music production company, Newton/Bard, with jazz musician Michael Bard, and the pair produced scores for five theatrically-released feature films along with hundreds of commercials and videos. One of Jon’s clients was Will Vinton Studios; as it happens, Jon joined the staff there in 1994 as a music and creative director. Recently, he has pursued a lifelong dream of teaching college and is instructing in music production along with history and music theory at Portland State University.
Nicholas Mahon: Nicholas Mahon is a New York based theatrical designer. He has worked with world renown production designer Michael Curry on projects for Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney Entertainment, Universal Studios and many others. He is currently collaborating with Blue Man Group on the development of new national and international productions.
Anton Kimball: Anton Kimball has been a leading graphic designer for over thirty years. He and his team are branding specialists, creating strategic promotions, logotypes and marketing graphics for clients throughout the United States. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, Idea and How magazines, and received awards from the One Show, the Designer’s Round Table, the STA 100, The Graphic Artist’s Guild. and the AIGA Illustrator’s Annual.
Gene Dent Gene Dent has created set and lighting designs for many of the NW regions most memorable productions. He most recently designed sets and lighting for the Broadway Rose production of Always...Patsy Cline and created lighting designs for Drowsy Chaperone and Sound of Music. He received two 2012 PAMTAs for the sets and lights for Ripper. He has served as lighting designer for BODYVOX, Pixie Dust Productions, and opera companies in Vancouver, Seattle and New Orleans.
A SAMPLE OF PRELIMINARY CONCEPT ART FOR 'THE KISS':
Risks and challenges
The script and music have been written for THE KISS. As well, key production crew has been booked, actors have been cast and the theatre has been reserved for the Staged Event in Portland in March 2014. However, creating and presenting an original work is typically more challenging than renting a previously produced play. The original script may have to be edited or re-written. Production design and special effects may not work as planned, or music may have to be recorded. And since we have budget limitations, hiring back-up actors and crew personnel to substitute in case of sickness or the like could result in production comprises or canceling of the project.
Part of our reward benefits relies on shooting and editing of a “Behind the Scenes” documentary of the entire process of producing THE KISS from concept to the staged reading and beyond. Capturing everything we desire on video is often a challenge due to unforeseen lack of resources and/or controls.
Finally, THE KISS project is a work-in-progress that the producers hope will lead to a fully developed and professional quality theatrical premiere. The producers may be unsuccessful raising the necessary investment capital to premiere a theatrical production at a regional and/or Broadway level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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