Sunday, July 31, 2011
While we’re still trying to keep the finer points of the story quiet, it’s a swashbuckling pirate adventure in three musical acts. Short musical acts… but there are still three of them. For the initial reading we’ve rounded up some of the usual suspects from our last two shows (The Spidey Project and POPE!) but this will definitely require a larger cast than we’re used to.
Everything is still pretty early in development (especially for a show that is scheduled to open in October!) While the first draft of the script is done, the score is still yet to be started, and all those other important things that go into a musical still need to be thought about. But adventure calls again, so onward!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Now you can read what they are singing in any moments when the sound is a little hard to hear.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It’s been a couple of weeks since our last update (and we hope you’ve enjoyed the videos) sorry for the huge delay but we’ve got some cool stuff in the works and I just wanted to drop a line so you didn’t think we were dead or anything. I should have the next video or two cut and uploaded in the next few days, so keep an eye out. Also, we’ve been hitting the studio pretty hard to record the cast album. Thank you so much to everyone who voted in our poll, there was enough interest to make an album worth while and NY Noise donated their gorgeous recording studio (which you may have seen us rehearsing in in the first music rehearsal video). So keep checking the site if you want to know how the album is progressing or when it is going to be released.
In the meantime interviews and reviews and other mentions are popping up all over the web and we’re trying to compile a complete list, while we’re working on that here’s a link to an interview I did with Gunaxin a few days back: http://podcasts.gunaxin.com/the-gunaxin-show-episode-58/87596 the Spidey stuff starts about half-way through.
A few of you have asked about the possibility of your local theater groups performing the Spidey Project, we love the idea of sharing free creative theater so we’re hammering out what would be involved in making this happen… we’ll keep you posted.
For any of you who want to share your thoughts on the show, or who saw it live and want to comment on the experience, click on over to our reviews page and leave some comments.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
We came together about a month ago for a cause we all believe strongly in, and after weeks of getting no more than two hours of sleep a night, grabbing quick meals while walking between work and rehearsals, occasionally letting our loved-ones know we were still alive between conference calls and organization email chains, and a stomach virus that nearly DELAYED our production - we did it!
For any who are late to the party here's the video that started it all: http://thespideyproject.blogspot.com/2011/02/spiderman-smackdown-21111.html
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
In the meantime here are some reviews we’ve found so far:
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
We have a fantastic costumer who has volunteered her time and talent to help us out, but there is 1 integral piece that I desperately want for the show...a cool Spidey costume. I've posted on facebook already, but thought I'd try my hand here.
Does anyone have a sweet adult Spidey costume they'd be willing to donate to the production? Several people have volunteered to buy one & donate it, and I just have to thank all of you who have volunteered to do that. But Justin and I would like to avoid that as best we can, so I thought I'd try the blog to see if any of our new internet friends could help. Now, I say donate because it's likely the costume would have to be taken apart, or altered in some major way to make it condusive to quick changes. And while wearing the suit under his clothes works in the comics, we can't have our Peter Parker fainting on stage - he's got far too much singing to do!
If anyone has anything they could help us out with - even a Spidey mask, gloves, boots, etc. - please email me pics at JRoufaeal@gmail.com.
Go Spidey, Go!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Spidey Project will be holding a day-of-performance lottery for the remaining FRONT ROW tickets one hour prior to the 8PM curtain (7PM). Lottery tickets will be available starting at 11am (and running until 7pm) at The Peoples Improv Theater (123 East 24th Street) box office. The drawing will start promptly at 7PM. There will be approximately 10 -15 tickets per show to be given away (Limit 2 per person). You MUST be present to win. Good luck and see you there! Go Spidey Go!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
We have a great update for you tonight. An extra special glimpse into the mind of Doug Katsaros, co-composer for the Spidey Project (WGPCGR) musical and a sneak peek of another song. Enjoy and continue to check in for ticket updates!
Produced by Beth Gold and Eli Itzkowitz
Edited by Doug Kellner
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
For any of you who haven't been following via facebook or twitter, while we've been receiving all kinds of wonderful press and publicity from the interest in our cause, we had something crazy happen last week. Writer/director/comic author/Silent Bob/all around great guy Kevin Smith mentioned the Spidey Project in his podcast "Babble On" (Episode 24, at the 58 minute mark) http://smodcast.com/babbleon/index.html
Being huge Kevin Smith fans ourselves, and seeing a small window of opportunity with him being in NY doing a signing at Midtown Comics before he hits the road to promote his new movie Red State, Jon and I decided to try our hand at waiting in line for an autograph and to personally thank him for his shout out! By the time we got there we managed to snag the very LAST two tickets they were giving out to meet him. The hours we spent waiting on the street in line were more than worth it, he took a few minutes to talk to us about what we're doing and how great he thinks it is. Goddam, what a guy! That bit at the end is him asking about the camera I've been filming the vlogs with.
Congratulations internet, this is where anyone will see my at my most awkward and nerdy... So here's a quick video of Jon and I geeking out in a major way. (He also signed Jonny's Green Hornet comic)
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility would love to introduce the actors of this hysterically epic show:
More to come with interviews with the crew!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
-Tickets go on sale (well… are made available) at 12:01am March 4th. So for those of you interested, you may want to take a nap Thursday evening so you can stay up and snag a pair.
-The cost: FREE! (That’s $0.00)
-Anyone making an online order is limited to 4 tickets, please, as a favor to us, ONLY get multiple tickets if you’re planning (in advance) to use them all (please don’t get extra thinking you’ll just find people to go with you… while you are charming and wonderful and will be able to find people to go with you, we’d rather give everyone a fair shot).
-To claim your tickets ALL parties must be present at the PIT 15 minutes prior to the show, any tickets unaccounted for at that time will be released to those waiting in the lobby.
-The internet is NOT the only way to get tickets! We will be saving a chunk of approx 20 tickets which will only be available to people at the door. So even if you can’t get tickets online, there will definitely be tickets available at the door. Also, any unclaimed pre-sale tickets will be available to people trying to get them at the door 15 minutes prior to the show (and there’s always at least a few people who flake on reservations) so if you can’t get tickets online and you live in the area, please don’t let that stop you from coming to see the show!
-The performance is Monday, March 14th at 8:00pm
-Tickets will be available at through the PIT’s website and here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/160031 (the site won’t work before 12:01am)
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Here's a quick glimpse into the first rehearsal, and a brief introduction to the cast. This was the first time anyone besides us has read the script or heard any of the score. It was an exciting night, things are moving along.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Now that the creative development is done, on to the next chunk of hard work. As far as the videos go, we're gonna start heading out and recording in rehearsals and meetings and things, so no more of my tiny spare bedroom with a green screen.
Hey everyone, amid the many fantastic emails I've been receiving from volunteers and supporters there have been a few questions that keep popping up, so I figured it would be easier for me to answer them in one blanket post here instead of a bunch of different emails.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets will be available in the coming weeks from the PIT's website, keep an eye here and we'll let you know just when.
We can confirm that all tickets will be completely FREE! A special thanks to Jeff Lapine and the PIT for waiving all costs to everyone! Since online tickets will probably go fairly quickly, they'll also hold about 20 seats at the door so anyone who can't get tickets online can try there.
Also, the performance date (and ONLY performance date) is Monday, March 14th. Put it in your planners!
Can I play Mary Jane?
Bad news ladies (and some dude with flowing red hair) there is no Mary Jane in this musical. This story pre-dates her a bit.
Can I play Julie Taymor?
Bad news on this front too, there is no character based on her. This musical isn't about her specifically or her production, just a great musical about a hero we all know and love.
Are you comicbook fans?
I used to be a Spider-Man fanboy especially of the cartoon, until I started in on this I hadn't reread the early comics in years... though I did recently play though 'Ultimate Spider-Man' for the Gamecube. My co-author, Jon Roufaeal, is a huge comic nerd and was much more familiar with (and a stickler for) all the details than I was. The result is something we feel is a true homage to the comics, but creative and unique to what we are trying to do.
Are you serious?
There's a hyphen in Spider-Man?
Shh! You want us to get sued!?
Wait… so, is it a parody or not?
Yup! Absolutely. But like we said, it’s not specifically a parody of JT or SM:TOtD; we’d leave that to Forbidden Broadway... if only...
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Feb. 16 2011, New York, NY: ____ Veteran humorist and playwright, Justin Moran, launches “Spiderman Smackdown”, a guerilla theatre project to write, rehearse, and perform a fully realized musical based on the character Spiderman in under 30 days with a budget of $0. Set to open one day before the $65 Million Broadway musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark”, Moran’s musical will be the first Spiderman Musical to officially open in New York City.
Moran has launched a blog (thespideyproject.blogspot.com) and YouTube page to promote the project and to enlist a troupe of volunteer writers, designers and actors. “How important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.”
Moran is collaborating with writer Jon Roufaeal on the story and book, based on the origin story from “the Amazing Spiderman” comic books, and has brought on composers Adam Podd (POPE! the Musical, ImgineOcean) and Doug Katsaros (Broadway's Hair; The Rocky Horror Show; Grammy nominated Footloose; TV's The Tick) to write and arrange the score. “The outpouring of volunteers in these first 4 days has been overwhelming,” says Moran, “and I am extremely confident in the level of talent that is going into creating this completely original Spiderman Musical.”
Justin Moran is no stranger to new thinking in creative theatre production. He is a resident writer and performer with two improv comedy groups at The Magnet Theatre in NYC, and his original musical, “POPE! The Musical” (Fringe Festival NYC 2010 Winner: Outstanding Music and Lyrics) which he wrote the book and lyrics for played off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortell Theatre in 2010. The Spidey Project will open at the People's Improv Theater (the PIT, 123 East 24th St), March 14th, 2011.
To find out more on the project or volunteer your creativity, visit http://thespideyproject.blogspot.com.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thank you to all the composers who volunteered their time! I figured it would be best to go with only two, those are Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros. More on those guys soon too.
Another thank you to all you authors who support the cause and wanted to get involved. I was only planning on working with one writing partner on this, but I'm amazed that so many out there were so interested! I'm writing the book/lyrics with a classy gentleman named Jon Roufaeal, more on us soon... But here's the newest video. Keep spreading the word, and fighting the good fight!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Keep reposting and sharing with your friends, and I will keep everyone posted on the progress.