Our fourth and final reading of the year announced.

It seems like just yesterday we announced our reading series, and now, here we are, 9 months later, announcing the fourth and final reading of the year!

Usually we announce the next reading the day after our previous reading, so we’re actually a little late in this announcement.

Why are we late?

We chose a musical . . . and true to form, those f’ers just take more time to pull together.  🙂

So what will we be reading on Monday, December 13th at 8 PM?  (Shouldn’t musical readings be called singings?)

Date of a Lifetime, with book and lyrics by Carl Kissin, who comes from over 4000 shows with Chicago City Limits, and music by Robert Baumgartner, Jr., who comes with a MFA from Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Date is about a man at a speed-dating event who introduces himself to a potential mate.  During their limited time together, he hypothesizes what their life as a couple might be like – going all the way from present day to her death.  Then . . . it’s her turn.

Now, I have a little secret to tell you about Date.

It’s not done.

We didn’t get a full script and score to this one, but we believed in the material we did see, we believed in the concept, and more importantly we believed in the team.

And that’s what Producers have to do half the time.

When I look back at the day Robyn Goodman, my partner on Altar Boyz, signed on to produce the show with me, I can’t believe she did it. ‘Cuz the script was certainly not ready for prime time.  But she saw the same potential I had seen two years prior.

Part of your job as a Producer is to see the swan in the disgusting duckling. Rent had been kickin’ around the city for years, before the right Producers saw what no one else could.

So come to the reading on Dec. 13th and see what Carl and Robert come up with.

Oh, and the reading will be held in a different location this time.  It will be held in . . . our own rehearsal studio!  We just underwent an office renovation here at DTE and I had to take a little more space than I wanted, so, I decided to turn it into a rehearsal studio!

And that’s where we’ll be doing the reading.

Hope to see you there!

To RSVP, email rsvp@davenporttheatrical.com.

I’m doing a reading of a new show and you’re invited.

This Friday, April 30th, at 12 PM & 3 PM, I’m doing my first readings of a brand new show I’ve been working on called Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage! 

And you’re invited!

Feedback from intelligent audiences is crucial for getting new shows off the ground (especially shows like this, as you’ll soon see).  So who better to get that feedback from than you!

Unfortunately the midtown theater we’re doing the reading in is petite, so I can only hold 10 seats for each performance for blog subscribers.

If you’re a subscriber, send an email to RSVP@missabigailsguide.com from the email address that you subscribe with and give us following info (if you’re not a subscriber, subscribe now by filling in the box in the upper left hand corner of the site before you email):

– Full Name
– Whether you want to attend the 12 PM or the 3 PM performance
– Whether or not you’d like to be on the waiting list if you are not one of the first 10 people to RSVP.

You will receive a confirmation with the location details, if we can find you a seat!

Hope to see you there!

For more info on the show, visit www.MissAbigailsGuide.com.

Got 2.5 hours to see a reading? No. Got 20 minutes? Who doesn’t?

I’ve written about the difficulties of “selling” a piece in a typical reading scenario before (and that entry is actually one of the most read blogs – see the new list on the left hand side of the blog).  They’re in the middle of the day.  They are under fluorescent lights.  The audience’s iPhones are vibrating a hole through their pockets, etc.

And of course, one of the greatest challenges is that a typical musical reading is easily a three hour commitment for anyone attending.  That’s a good chunk of an audience’s very busy business day.

So what do you do instead?  I’m glad you asked!

I’m advocating the 20 minute lunchtime reading.  Give me a couple tunes, a couple of scenes and maybe a sandwich, and I’ll swing down, decide if the show suits my taste, and be back in time to make sure the paperwork on my desk hasn’t hit the ceiling.

You follow up, and if I liked it (and the odds are better that I will if I’m only seeing 20 minutes), you send a script and a demo, which I can go through on my own time.

Then you present a more complete reading a month later for the really interested parties and for the creatives, so they can get feedback on the flow, the development of the characters, etc.  (I did this for Altar Boyz, and based the concept on the NAMT model, and I got a great producing partner out of the deal.)

To put it a little more clearly . . .

When I walk by Auntie Anne’s Pretzels on 8th Avenue, they’ve always got this nice employee out front offering free samples of a pretzel bite.  I may not have time to go in the store and pick up a full size, but I can certainly do a grab and go . . . even if I’m on my way to lunch!

And in that one bite, Auntie Anne succeeds in whetting my appetite.  And when I do have time, I’ll go far out of my way for an original with salt and a side of cheese.

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