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About The Flame Musical

We're making podcast musicals and GOOD ONES! We've always loved musical theatre and the joy that it can give people. But Broadway isn't the only way we can experience it. Most people listen to Broadway Cast Albums, sing along in their cars, sing duets with their best friends and have never set foot in a Broadway theatre. That's why we want to make musicals that are accessible to everyone and especially focused on the LGBTQ+ community. 

Starting with.....The Flame! 

The Flame tells the story of two women: Jamie, a queer bar owner, and Sam, the woman selling the building the bar inhabits, and the inevitable sparks that end up flying between them! With the help of her best friend, Heather, and bar regular Jo, can the residents of The Flame keep the bar alive? Or can Sam’s friend Mel help her work through her complicated feelings about her father’s death and the building she grew up in before she makes a rash decision?
We’re planning an 8 episode musical arc and will release as a Lez Hang Out Production in Summer 2021. It will feature an entirely original story, book, and score with 18 songs! 

Where does your money go? 
We have big dreams for the Flame and we need your help to make them happen! Your contribution will help us make the podcast itself. We have to pay our actors, writers, crew, audio editors, music producers, and marketing team. 

If we can get enough supporters, we would love to have a virtual table read of the musical, fly the cast out for a launch party, go on tour with a staged version or even make a full length feature film! Like we said, we have big dreams!!

AND we do have plans for other podcast musicals in the future! We've already started dreaming up new worlds and styles of music to make every podcast musical unique and exciting and always focused on telling underrepresented stories. Your support helps us make the Flame, but it also helps us make more musicals in the upcoming years! 

What's in it for you? 
Exclusive access to preview content that's never been heard before! The musical won't come out until June 2021, but we've been hard at work and would love for you to all be involved in the steps along the way! At $10, you'll join our monthly music club where you'll get a monthly preview of the songs from the show! We have 18 songs in total so we have a lot to share with you! 

March - Always That Girl - Chilina Kennedy 
April - You've Got Trouble - Jesse Nowack 
May - Keep it Lit - Jenn Colella 
June - Maybe Today Reprise - Jasmin Savoy Brown and Ellie Brigida 

At $25, you'll also get access to behind the scenes videos of our process! Jasmin and Ellie being unbearably cute as Jamie and Sam? Check! Jenn Colella singing her face off in her living room? Check! Chilina Kennedy giving us all of the Maureen vibes as Rachel? Check! Jesse Nowack giving us villain deliciousness from his home studio? We've got it! You get the picture ;)

At $50, you'll get tickets for the virtual table read with the cast (still in process for scheduling!). 

The story: 
The producers, director, writer and lead characters on this project are members of the LGBTQ community. We are committed to adding to the great storytelling landscape supporting the LGBTQ community. Your contribution will help elevate their work and passion.

We’ve been working all year long writing original songs, scripts, booking Zoom recording sessions and pulling it all together and we can’t wait to bring it to your ears in June 2021!

Meet The Cast 
Jenn Colella "Jo" 
Jenn Colella (born Jennifer Lin Colella) is an American comedian, actress, and singer. She first began her career in Los Angeles as a comedian and later branched out to musical theater. She had her Broadway debut with a 2003 performance as Sissy in Urban Cowboy, which earned her a 2003 Outer Critic's Circle Award nomination. Colella went on to star in High Fidelity and Chaplin. Her Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever, Slut! the Musical and Side Show.
In 2014, she returned to Broadway in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's If/Then directed by Michael Greif. She originated the role of Captain Beverley Bass in Come from Away on Broadway in March 2017 and earned the 2017 Outer Critic's Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.

Jasmin Savoy Brown "Sam" 
Jasmin is best known as ‘Evie Murphy’ in the critically acclaimed HBO’s drama series “The Leftovers”, opposite Justin Theroux and Regina King. In addition, Jasmin recently starred in the Shondaland / ABC court drama series “For The People” as ‘Alison Adams’ alongside Britt Robertson. Jasmin also went on to play series regular character and historical figure, ‘Emilia Bassano’ on the TNT drama series “WILL”, which told the story of a young William Shakespeare. Emilia was a musician, poet and writer, who went on to become the first female professional English poet and was believed to be the ‘Dark Lady’ of Will’s sonnets.
Jasmin’s additional credits include: Freeform’s “Stitchers”, Netflix’s “Love”, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, Disney XD’s “LEGO Star Wars: All Stars”, FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Lane 1974”, and “Laggies”.
Raised in Springfield, Oregon, Jasmin is a multitalented performer and is currently working on an album. Jasmin is a proud alum of New York’s CAP21 Conservatory for their prestigious summer musical theatre intensive as well as the Los Angeles ABC Diversity Showcase. Beyond performing, Jasmin is extremely passionate about promoting diversity, woman’s healthcare, the LGBTQ community, discussing mental health and her experience with endometriosis.

Chilina Kennedy "Rachel"
hilina recently starred as “Dina” in the International Tour of The Band’s Visit. Broadway: “Carole King” in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (over 1200 performances) and “Mary Magdalene” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Originated “Binky” in Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz’s This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). 1st National Tour: “Sophie” in Mamma Mia!. Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and Whistler Film Festivals). Selected Regional: “Pheobe D’Ysquith” in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (CT and San Diego Critics' Circle Nominations), “Evangeline” in Evangeline (original production and album), “Philia” in Des McAnuff’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Toronto/Mirvish), Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including “Maria” in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Mirvish/Toronto). Chilina is currently developing a show that she composed and co-wrote with Eric Holmes, Call It Love. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company.

Jesse Nowack "Harold"
Jesse is an actor and writer with over a decade of experience in voice over. Sporting a career that spans from pre-transition to post-transition, he can be heard in commercials, video games, anime, cartoons, audiobooks, and everything in between. He's currently working on PinkBlue, (a show on his YouTube channel that covers a variety of queer topics,) and Think Fast, (his original live action series still in production.)
Some of Jesse's roles include voicing Elliot Wright in the Sparrow Archives series, Ganymede in Whispering, Zinn and Cactus Canary in 2064: Read Only Memories, and Red in Fist Master. He also provides the narration for the video series on transition at Seattle Children's Gender Clinic.

Harrison White "Narrator"
Harrison, a native of Chicago, is happiest being a dad and a husband, but his second joy is being able to live a life of a creative artist. His most recent film credits are Space Jam 2, Mermaid, I Got the Hookup 2, The Way You Look Tonight, and Waiting in the Wings, Still Waiting. His soundtrack credits are: Tears of the Sun, The Power of One, Sarafina, and he can be heard singing backup on the Macklemore hit Glorious. Most recent television credits are The Kominsky Method, Fresh Off the Boat, How To Get Away With Murder, This Is Us, and 9-1-1.

Ellie Brigida (Scoring and Music Producer), “Jamie”
Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston, MA. She has a degree in Music Business from Wagner College and is currently the Studio Production Manager for Clear Harmonies. She has been performing in Musicals since she was 8 years old as Annie and she's excited to get back to her roots as Jamie in The Flame!
Ellie is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot.

Leigh Holmes Foster (Composer), “Heather”
Leigh is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot.

Valerie Rose Lohman (Executive Producer), “Mel”
Valerie voiced the lead role of Edith Finch in the critically acclaimed Video Game "What Remains of Edith Finch", produced by Annapurna Interactive; Valerie's received a BAFTA Nomination for her portrayal of 17 year old Edith. This year, Valerie stars as Jess Blazkowicz in the highly anticipated Wolfenstein: Youngblood, released by Bethesda! She received a 2018 Young Entertainer Award for her work in the film.

Caitlyn Clear (Book)
From a young age, Caitlyn’s interests have always included any form of storytelling. Now a writer by day, avid TV watcher by night, she hopes to create stories that reflect the diverse world we live in. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on LGBTQ+ history and experimenting with new desserts! She’s a graduate from Columbia College Chicago and Chapman University.

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Right now, Ellie (our sound designer) treats the post-production end of The Flame as a full-time job she gets paid part time for. This is, unfortunately, not sustainable. At this level, we could begin to pay Ellie for her hard work for this season and NEXT -- and to thank you all for supporting her, we'll record and release a behind the scenes video of the recording process for an episode from start to finish.
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