Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quick Update at the End of March

Hey everyone out there in internet land!

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: 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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Spidey Project - SHOW! Part 1 (of 4)

The moment most of you have been waiting for!  Here is part one, the rest are on their way!  Enjoy and share with your friends, be they Spider-fans or not, musical-fans or not... spread the love!  

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:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Backstage Before the Show

This is us all, backstage before the first show...  Taping together set pieces, organizing costumes, pinning and gluing, running and lighting, sound balancing and going a little crazy.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Program

Taryn here, the Production Manager for The Spidey Project. For those of you not in theatre and wondering what on earth a Production Manager does, just think of me as an organizational sort. I also got to edit and design the program, but, sadly, passing the programs out managed to slip through the cracks for our 8 PM performance, what with all the craziness and hubbub of the show. So we wanted to make the program available to everyone!

Click here to download the .pdf version of the program. You can also view the image files below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WE DID IT! The Internet Reacts to the Spidey Project

Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay in updates! So for those that didn’t hear: the opening/closing shows were a huge success. Reviews have been coming out from both the comic-book community and the musical theater community and it’s across the board positivity! Everyone dug what we were putting out, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with it. There are a couple of new videos on the way from the opening night behind the scenes, but of course what most of you want is opening night in front of the scenes, so keep your eyes pealed, I think I saw some cameras in the audience!

In the meantime here are some reviews we’ve found so far:!.aspx

Monday, March 14, 2011

Opening Day!

Anyone else not sleeping out there?  This is it folks, in approx 15 short hours the doors open and you'll get to see exactly what we've been cookin up.  I'm sorry we've been so cone-of-silenced about the details of our plot, and haven't let much of the score leak in any of the interviews or press or videos or anything.  I take full responsibility for this, I'm notoriously secretive about developing shows.  Not that it really requires it, but I love when people go into a theater entirely unsure of what they're getting themselves into and experience the full show spoiler free.  We'll take you on an adventure, it will be hilarious, and the songs will rock.  Of this we are sure. 

And keep checking the blog, now that we've opened the need for secrecy is over and we can post our other clips and videos, and much more :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Some Choreography Rehearsals

Hey all you beautiful people! What happens when I'm home sick and realize I still have a bunch of rehearsal footage on my camera? Another update!

These are some clips from a few choreography rehearsals from last week. Some fight choreo as well as dance choreo. I apparently don't have most of the dance footage, so more on that will have to come later. But for any of you who have been digging our behind the scenes rehearsal stuff, here is some more.  The cast is excited (even Ryan Nelson), the show is looking real good (even Ryan Nelson), enjoy!

It's almost go time! #gospideygo

A PIT Walkthrough

Hey everyone, I'm home sick :( so I figured I'd slap together some extra footage of things we've recorded so people can get a better idea of whatever.

This is some footage of Jeff Lapine, artistic director of the PIT, leading us on a walkthrough of the theater. Their space is gorgeous, and for those of you fellow theater nerds out there it used to be the Algonquin Theater.

So this is our Spidey-Space, and in two days time will be exploding with our chaos. Can't wait! Go Spidey Go!

Friday, March 11, 2011

3 Days and Counting

Hey Guys - Jon Roufaeal here.  We're 3 days away from the show and things are getting intense!  Rehearsals are going great, and now it's time for us to think about all those small logistical things we weren't focused on as we were putting this show together.  Things like...COSTUMES!!!

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   

Go Spidey, Go!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Almost There

This is a video from a week before we open, but we wanted to get it up before it was all terribly out of order.  By the time you're seeing this the rehearsal process is over and where a mere hours away from opening our doors. GO SPIDEY GO!


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

Doug 'the Moustache!' Katsaros

Hello bloggers! One week til we open/close! And another video to share with you.

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

10pm Show Ticket Info

Monday the 7th at 12pm (noon)

Limit of 2 tickets each.

The 8pm show sold out in under one minute.  So have the URL/Refresh button ready.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Kevin Smith

Ok, here's a quick update from me and Jon.  I apologize in advance for the shoddy editing job, we're down to the wire on time, and while I want to keep releasing these videos I just don't have enough time to edit them into something bangin'. So imagine in your minds that there are all kinds of great fades, and sweeps, and graphics, and continuity.

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) 

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

Spidey Press Release! Second Show Announced!




March 4, 2011, New York, New York____: The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility sold out its first show this evening in under one minute. Due to such high demand for this event, a second show has now been announced by brain-child Justin Moran. “You’ve been such great supporters so far,” Moran says to his fans, “and we want to get you in to see this show.” The second performance is set for March 14, 10pm at the Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) located at 123 East 24th Street.

Tickets for the second show, which are free, will be available at and at on Monday, March 7 at exactly 12pm noontime. Each person may reserve up to two tickets. Tickets must be claimed fifteen minutes prior to curtain at Will Call or they will be given away. If you are unable to obtain a reservation online, approximately 35 tickets will be made available at the door fifteen minutes prior to curtain.

The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility is a guerilla theatre project to write, rehearse, and perform a fully-realized musical based on the character Spider-Man in under 30 days with a budget of $0. It is set to open and close with two performances one day before the $65 million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Moran’s musical will be the first Spider-Man musical to officially open in New York City.

Moran collaborated with Jon Roufaeal on the story and book, and will direct a cast that includes Liz Bachman, Michael Lutton, Ryan Nelson, Claire Neumann, Travis Nilan, Louie Pearlman, Robin Rothman and Jon Roufaeal. Doug Katsaros (Broadway's Hair; The Rocky Horror Show; Grammy-nominated Footloose; TV's The Tick) and Adam Podd (POPE! The Musical, ImagineOcean) are the composers of The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, with Podd also serving as musical director. Erin Coulter serves as stage manager and Taryn Kimel as the production manager.

For press inquires, please contact Beth Gold at

More Tickets

Hey everyone, sorry for this hasty post but we had to do something, right?  Anyway, we're making it a double feature so check the video and you'll see how to get more tickets.

Also, for those of you who are into twitter if/when more tickets to our 8pm show become available we'll announce it via twitter and whoever sees can go up to the website and snag them.  We're expecting a few to open up. And as I mention, please don't be afraid to come try at the door.  You'll be amazed at how few people actually think that will work.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Getting to know Spidey

Hey Spidey Bloggers! We at the Spidey Project hope you guys are gearing up to get your FREE tickets tonight at 12:01am @
Trust us, you will not want to miss this show. To get your juices flowing, we have an awesome new video to tease you with! Get a sneak peek of a song along with interviews with the cast!

The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility would love to introduce the actors of this hysterically epic show:
Travis Nilan
Liz Bachman
Ryan Nelson
Jon Roufaeal
Louis Pearlman
Claire Nuemann
Michael Lutton
Robin Rothman
More to come with interviews with the crew!
Produced by Beth Gold and Eli Itkowitz and edited by Doug Kellner

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Hey everyone! Here it is, the official ticket info (check back here often for updates on extra tickets, etc):

-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: (the site won’t work before 12:01am)