Ken Howard, Stuart Wood, and Company is creating "PygMALEon": An original musical play
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I am a life-long fan of musical theatre, from the classics to the modern age to the present day.  I'm writing a modern musicalization of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion", the 1912 play about the London flower girl who becomes a lady with the help of an expert phonetician.  In my version, called "PygMALEon", because of its two primary gay male characters, is set in the present-day West Hollywood, California, where instead of the young lady in London learning to speak like a lady, we have a young man from the suburbs who is obese and wants to turn into an actor for Hollywood blockbuster superhero movies, with the help of a "celebrity personal fitness trainer to the stars".  It is a social commentary, just like in Shaw's time, about how people can be judged not for their character, but for their speech (in Shaw's play), or, in this case, their body. 

I am a graduate of the Theatre program at UCLA School of Theatre, Film, & Television (B.A., 1987), and I am writing all original music, lyrics, and book. My arranger, Stuart Wood, hails from London with robust experience with original musicals there, and he is doing the arrangements, orchestrations, and musical direction.  

The uploaded video you see is of Michael D'Elia, cast as "Eli", our young hero, singing an "act one ambition song" that every musical seems to have early in the show (think "Corner of the Sky", "I'm the Greatest Star", "Maybe", etc.).  We need funding at each phase of production to make "PygMALEon" come to life, and we have it all planned out.  We want to produce more promotional music videos of other characters singing their songs, and of Michael singing more of "Eli's" songs.  

Your support helps all aspects of small theatre production.  Perhaps one of the first and most important costs we have is engaging an experienced and trusted production company, Theatreplanners.com, who recently produced the wildly successful extended run of "Recorded in Hollywood" in Los Angeles.  They charge a flat fee for their consulting on all aspects of the our production, which we are aiming for a 6-week run at a 99-seat Equity Waiver space in West Hollywood (such as the Coast Playhouse, the Hudson Mainstage, or another local 99-seat house). 

Funding is also needed to support my time and Stuart's time to finish the book, music, lyrics, orchestrations (synthesizer), score (sheet music), and for purchasing time at the recording studio (The Temple Base in Los Angeles), to record the audio for the original cast concept album and the audio for the promo videos, as well as the videographer's shooting/editing time, and support the performers' time to record the songs. 

At the workshop phase, your support will help us have space for the first public readings for refining the book, music, and lyrics.  Later, your support will underwrite the first fully-staged premier production of the show, including theatre rental, labor (such as set and costume construction), a director, choreographer, and set/costume/lighting designers, equipment/supplies, insurances, fees, and compliance with all Actors Equity and other union contracts.  Theatreplanners.com has extensive experience in running a streamlined budget and an efficient, coordinated production plan. 

Ultimately, your generous support helps us take the finished script and score of "PygMALEon" and bring it to life in front of a live audience for the premiere, original cast production live, right here in Los Angeles.  We appreciate any amount that you can give.  We can't make new, original musical theatre in Los Angeles without you, and your support will bring "PygMALEon" and its entertaining life lessons to life for the entire theatre-loving community to enjoy!  Thank you for your consideration!
Rewards
Pledge $25 or more per Producing the original cast production!
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For a gift of $25, you get named recognition in the premiere production program as a "founding co-producer" of the original cast production!
Pledge $100 or more per Producing the original cast production!
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For a gift of $100, you get named recognition in the premiere production program as a "founding co-producer" of the original cast production, AND you get to ask a question about any aspect of the show to Ken Howard or Stuart Wood, with a personalized email or phone call response!
Pledge $500 or more per Producing the original cast production!
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For a gift of $500, you will receive the $25 and $100 rewards, PLUS an .mp3 file of the arrangement to another song from the show in development!
Pledge $1,000 or more per Producing the original cast production!
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For a gift of $1,000, you get all the $25, $100, and $500 rewards, PLUS the opportunity to interview the creators of the show, Ken Howard and Stuart Wood, in an online/Skype interview!
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Your gift of $750 will completely underwrite the funding that will help us record, edit, and upload the next promo video of a new song from the show!
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I am a life-long fan of musical theatre, from the classics to the modern age to the present day.  I'm writing a modern musicalization of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion", the 1912 play about the London flower girl who becomes a lady with the help of an expert phonetician.  In my version, called "PygMALEon", because of its two primary gay male characters, is set in the present-day West Hollywood, California, where instead of the young lady in London learning to speak like a lady, we have a young man from the suburbs who is obese and wants to turn into an actor for Hollywood blockbuster superhero movies, with the help of a "celebrity personal fitness trainer to the stars".  It is a social commentary, just like in Shaw's time, about how people can be judged not for their character, but for their speech (in Shaw's play), or, in this case, their body. 

I am a graduate of the Theatre program at UCLA School of Theatre, Film, & Television (B.A., 1987), and I am writing all original music, lyrics, and book. My arranger, Stuart Wood, hails from London with robust experience with original musicals there, and he is doing the arrangements, orchestrations, and musical direction.  

The uploaded video you see is of Michael D'Elia, cast as "Eli", our young hero, singing an "act one ambition song" that every musical seems to have early in the show (think "Corner of the Sky", "I'm the Greatest Star", "Maybe", etc.).  We need funding at each phase of production to make "PygMALEon" come to life, and we have it all planned out.  We want to produce more promotional music videos of other characters singing their songs, and of Michael singing more of "Eli's" songs.  

Your support helps all aspects of small theatre production.  Perhaps one of the first and most important costs we have is engaging an experienced and trusted production company, Theatreplanners.com, who recently produced the wildly successful extended run of "Recorded in Hollywood" in Los Angeles.  They charge a flat fee for their consulting on all aspects of the our production, which we are aiming for a 6-week run at a 99-seat Equity Waiver space in West Hollywood (such as the Coast Playhouse, the Hudson Mainstage, or another local 99-seat house). 

Funding is also needed to support my time and Stuart's time to finish the book, music, lyrics, orchestrations (synthesizer), score (sheet music), and for purchasing time at the recording studio (The Temple Base in Los Angeles), to record the audio for the original cast concept album and the audio for the promo videos, as well as the videographer's shooting/editing time, and support the performers' time to record the songs. 

At the workshop phase, your support will help us have space for the first public readings for refining the book, music, and lyrics.  Later, your support will underwrite the first fully-staged premier production of the show, including theatre rental, labor (such as set and costume construction), a director, choreographer, and set/costume/lighting designers, equipment/supplies, insurances, fees, and compliance with all Actors Equity and other union contracts.  Theatreplanners.com has extensive experience in running a streamlined budget and an efficient, coordinated production plan. 

Ultimately, your generous support helps us take the finished script and score of "PygMALEon" and bring it to life in front of a live audience for the premiere, original cast production live, right here in Los Angeles.  We appreciate any amount that you can give.  We can't make new, original musical theatre in Los Angeles without you, and your support will bring "PygMALEon" and its entertaining life lessons to life for the entire theatre-loving community to enjoy!  Thank you for your consideration!

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Pledge $25 or more per Producing the original cast production!
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For a gift of $25, you get named recognition in the premiere production program as a "founding co-producer" of the original cast production!
Pledge $100 or more per Producing the original cast production!
0 patrons
For a gift of $100, you get named recognition in the premiere production program as a "founding co-producer" of the original cast production, AND you get to ask a question about any aspect of the show to Ken Howard or Stuart Wood, with a personalized email or phone call response!
Pledge $500 or more per Producing the original cast production!
0 patrons
For a gift of $500, you will receive the $25 and $100 rewards, PLUS an .mp3 file of the arrangement to another song from the show in development!
Pledge $1,000 or more per Producing the original cast production!
0 patrons
For a gift of $1,000, you get all the $25, $100, and $500 rewards, PLUS the opportunity to interview the creators of the show, Ken Howard and Stuart Wood, in an online/Skype interview!