Two musical writers who are finding their audiences on the interwebs.
By Kimberly Lew (Playwright/Blogger)
I first heard about musical writers Jeff Luppino-Esposito and Matt Savarese through their work on Musical: The Online Musical. Not your typical web series, Musical: The Online Musical used Youtube comments and suggestions to shape the outcome of its weekly installments. Taking on a meta angle with a protagonist who self-consciously realizes he is in a musical, there's a good amount of twists, turns, and large cast production numbers. Also, did I mention that Matt, Jeff, and their cast were all students at the University of Virginia when they were producing this series?
Since Musical, the team has also been coming up with the Mini Musicals, one-shot musicals that tackle suggested subjects from history, pop culture, and other iconic characters (one of my favorites is their take on Pokemon: The Musical):
I also had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Jeff and Matt for my blog, Emerging Musical Theatre. As a perk for supporting a Kickstarter campaign for their Mini Musicals, Jeff and Matt wrote my blog a theme song:
Go support them and their work on their website!
KIMBERLY LEW is a playwright with two published one-act plays for high schools, as well as full-length Searching for Candi (co-written with Gabriella Miyares), which debuted at Mt. Holyoke college. Her latest play, Other People's Children, was recently featured as a part of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's new works reading series and was a semi-finalist for the 2012 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She also created/manages the Emerging Musical Theatre blog. www.kimberlylew.com
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