Imagine something miraculous but unexplainable happens that could make all of your wildest dreams come true. Then imagine if you follow through on it, it may kill you and the ones you love. That’s what happens in 1994 to Derek Bell and his younger brother Danny. Both aspiring musicians, they are the poorest students at the exclusive Pepper Pike Academie’s high school. They only get to attend because their father Ray teaches music there. Then one afternoon while cleaning out their grandma’s garage, they discover a Polaroid from 1967 of their father and his rock band The Pyschedelic Dragons. Derek imagines how great life would have been if their dad had been a rock star. Suddenly the doors of an old armoire in the corner open revealing a Rock Club circa 1967 with their dad’s band performing a Jefferson Airplane song. And they’re really good. That is until they play an original song. Danny says if their dad had better songs, he might be a rock star. Then Derek gets a brain storm. They must have been sent back in time on a mission to make their dad a rock star, so all they have to do is ‘write’ hit songs from 1968 to 1994 from artists like Sting, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen that they haven’t written yet. The scheme is working… until the band gets booked on a tour that could change history and cause the boys to never be born.
Most musicals have two acts. Michael DiGaetano does as well. In a twenty-five year career in Los Angeles, he wrote, produced and/or created many half hour comedy series for NBC, Jim Burrows, CBS, Fox, Paramount, Columbia, Universal, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and HBO. In film, Michael wrote the screenplay for Houseguest for Disney starring Sinbad and Phil Hartman as well as punching up scripts for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. A native New Yorker who majored in drama at Ithaca College, Michael would come back to NYC twice a year to see as many Broadway musicals as he could. Then one day in 2007 he decided to stay and start his own Act Two. Michael’s first venture into creating musical theatre, ‘The Gay No More Telethon’, for which he wrote book, lyrics and co-wrote the music with Albin Konopka, had a successful run at the NYC Fringe and after a recent concert at GreenRoom 42, it is readying an Off-Broadway run in 2020. Michael is currently writing ‘Miss Humanity’ with composer Jonathan Lynch, ‘Rewind’ with composer and long-time friend Adam Shenk, and a new sung-through musical “Last Train”. Michael is a member of both the Lehman Engel BMI musical theatre workshops as a lyricist and librettist, the Dramatist’s Guild and the Writer’s Guild of America West.
Adam has been a freelance musician for many years in NYC, LA, Chicago, and onboard cruise ships. As a musical director, he has worked with Second City Comedy Club, Acting Manitou summer camp, and theater and musical improv groups across the country. As a performer, he has played and sang at Don’t Tell Mama piano bar in Los Angeles, worked as a showband musician on Holland America Cruise Lines, and been accompanist for countless pop and theater vocalists. In addition to being a musical director and pianist, he is a pop singer & songwriter. A Berklee College of Music graduate with a BM in Songwriting, he has performed his original music all over the country and released several albums & songs on iTunes. His music has been featured on The Real World and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and his voice was heard in a promo for iCarly. In Los Angeles, he spent much of his time in recording studios as a session vocalist, and co-wrote songs with top producers and songwriters, including Anthony Kilhoffer (Kanye West) and Mikey Mike (Rihanna). He was a semifinalist on MTV’s Making the Band 4 in 2007, where he worked with Michael Bivins and Laurieann Gibson & sang for P. Diddy. One of Adam’s songs, “Top of the World,” was recorded by Nigerian superstar D’Banj, and used in promos and live performances for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.
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