We talked of many things (fools and kings?) no, but about their upcoming musical, Nab-A-Date, which is taking the stage on Valentine's Day of 2009. As well as their theatrical roots, former projects, and future ideas.
Yesterday I posted videos of their original musical, Guy Pride. You can see those here.
The interview, in full, appears below!
Okay, so let's start easy: You're producing a show set to premiere on February 14th called "NAB-A-DATE: The World's 1st, Best (and only) Musical Dating Show!" That's a lot of words, and a strange idea. Can you explain the show to me and the J+1 readers?Absolutely! The title, though wordy, is pretty on the nose. We took the idea of the dating shows from the past and decided to utilize that convention, adding in musical numbers to help our ladies impress our bachelor and to keep a quick pace for the action.
As we played around, we found that not only was it a fun idea, but we could actually create a lot of wonderful characters, moments and turns...we could use the construct of a dating game to help drive the stories of all of these people along. It turns out that everyone on the show has enough behind them to make an audience not only enjoy watching them, but also care about what happens to them.
As for the basics, the evening will be taking place at 8pm at The Reprise Room at Dillon's on Valentine's Day (2/14/09), and will include a raffle to take place immediately following the show.
Tickets for the premiere are available through SmartTix
For more info on the show, including cast, crew and the NEW demo recording of the opening number, visit the NAB-A-DATE web site.
I know that a lot of folks (gays, straights, ostriches) hate valentines day because they're alone, or wish they would be left alone. Why should an unhappy non-Valentine come to NAB-A-DATE?We love ostriches...Though I was unaware that they harbored any kind of hostility toward the 'day of love'. As for the rest, I remind everyone that tv dating shows have been around for a long time, and we've all had our guilty pleasures.
You don't need to be in a relationship to enjoy fun personalities making lots of sexual innuendo. Now toss in a ton of humor, lots of drinks, constant theater and pop culture references and some great voices singing tight harmonies...who could ask for anything more?
The show is not about being 'lucky in love'. Each of our girls has come there for a different reason, and we are lucky enough to view the journey that they each take.
Okay, and if you can't drag the non-valentine out of his cave, how can they see the show after they come out?Well, that one's easy... We (Guy Pride Productions) are very excited to have been invited back to our summer stomping grounds, The Duplex, where will be doing the show for a full run every Thursday this coming March at 9:30pm.
I will spread the word though, as incentive to catch that V-Day opener, that folks arriving in March with a ticket stub from the February performance will be receiving 2 for 1 cover! So if you come out for the 14th and can't stop raving, give a friend your ticket stub and let them see for themselves, at buy one get one free!
NAB-A-DATE wasn't your first production. What was your previous theatrical project? And did it have a cool catch, too?As a team, Cedric Jones and myself created an equally wordy titled show called "Guy Pride: The World's 1st MAN-sical!" I absolutely feel that because almost every story has been told so many times, the best thing you can do to keep it fresh is find an interesting perspective to tell it from.
Guy Pride started as a spoof of all those shows/cabarets out there where people were so proud to be gay/latin/female/a donkey...etc. We wanted to find a different angle.
Interestingly enough, what started out as a mock up of those kinds of shows, became more of a send up of ourselves. Our own quirks, flaws, and insecurities were showcased and exaggerated to create a very fun show of it's own genre, poking more fun of itself than of anyone or anything else. As the transition occurred, I believe we went from potentially offensive, to promisingly funny...and I'm pretty sure our audiences agreed.
And what learnings did you take away from this original show that you brought over to NAB-A-DATE?We're men...it's hard to learn when you already know it all! Though my collaborator Cedric states that those of the 'pink persuasion' are consistently attempting to increase their knowledge, so I'll throw in what I understand to be his thoughts...
- We learned a lot about production, promotion, and budgets...
- We learned that friends can work together...and can create some pretty great stuff.
- We learned that above all, people want/need to laugh right now...
- We learned that The Duplex is a great spot to hold a show, or throw a party...or just hang.
You've produced a great number of shows already – what inspired you to take up this line of work? How did you get started?Because of an early run-in with Donny Osmond (I fell in love with the show "Joseph" when I saw him in Toronto), I studied musical theater in college. As far as production, I remember taking a Cabaret course in my senior year. We had to write, produce, book the location, promote... everything related to getting the show up and filling the seats. It was incredibly difficult, but also very satisfying, and there's a great thrill to seeing people enjoy what you've put together.
And so, when Ceddy and I started to kick ideas around for Guy Pride, I felt I had a decent understanding of what to do. Though, to be honest, there's always a lot to learn.
Judging from how quickly you moved from your last show to this current one, there MUST be some other brilliant ideas bouncing around in your head… what's coming next?There ARE some pretty brilliant ideas bouncing up there. We've got a couple shows on the back burner that I'm not yet at liberty to discuss...but I am able to mention that we are planning to reprise Guy Pride this coming summer around Gay Pride (keep checking www.theMAN-sical.com for dates!).
And following up in the fall with a brand spankin' NEW piece entitled "Addicts Anonymous: A Musical Twelve Step Program!" AA is a celebration of all those little things that "make you rave, then make you crave and ultimately misbehave, because you've just GOTTA have 'em!"
What part can I play in your next project? Or can we maybe write JustinPlusOne.com into the script? I don't have a resume, but I can make a convincing one up.Are you addicted to anything? :-) I can certainly find a place to mention JustinPlusOne.com, resume or no!