Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals

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The Peculiar Tale Of The Prince Of Bohemia And The Society Of Desperate Victorians kicked off The 14th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals in January 2019.

With book and lyrics by Becca Anderson and Dan Marshall and music by Julian Blackmore, the show is based on a series of short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson.

When Prince Florizel learns that his father the King of Bohemia is dead, he seeks to escape the throne. He and his chaperone Colonel Geraldine are invited to join a secret society - The Suicide Club. Club members play a deadly card game nightly with higher stakes than the Prince has ever known. Realizing the deck is stacked against them, the Prince and Geraldine become inextricably linked to the club's members in this darkly hilarious new musical.

For more information about the festival and the show, CLICK HERE.

It's the Day of the Snow

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ABM Musicals got you a little something!

Our musical Snow Way Out has been recorded as a radio play for The Micro-Musical Theatre Show, and you can listen to a ten-minute teaser for free here!

We've got an all-star cast, too!

  • 3-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty

  • Max Crumm

  • Lance Roberts

  • Maya Maniar

Want to hear more?
You can subscribe to The Micro-Musical Theatre Show to hear a recording of the full show and even some upcoming bonus materials!

Pour yourself some holiday spirits, kick back, and enjoy the show!!

The Reunion Experience

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I'm currently in Denver with my frequent collaborator Dan Marshall working on Reunion Experience which will be presented at the Newman Center at Denver University throughout the month of August.

Reunion ‘69 & Reunion ‘85

Conceived by Susan Draus

Created by Susan Draus in collaboration with Becca Anderson and Dan Marshall

Directed by Marshall Pailet

FEATURING: Howie Michael Smith* (Avenue Q, “America’s Got Talent), Kat Palardy* (“New Girl,” “Brooklyn 99”), with Arielle Crosby, Aubrie Hamrick, Kyle Kemph, Cartreze Tucker, Katherine Goodwin, Evan Monteith, Samuel Pierce, Alex Seballes.

Band includes: Chris Sargent, Justin Francoeur, Lynn Keller, Ryan McCurdy* & Brian McRae

RUNNING TIME

Each show runs approximately 100 Minutes with a 10-minute Intermission

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Reunion ‘69 and Reunion ‘85 experiences welcome audiences into an immersive 360-degree environment, where they enjoy improvisational comedy and beloved, iconic music of the era. After guests choose a fictitious identity, they grab a drink from the cash bar, meet old (and new) friends, listen and dance to a rocking band as they relive (or rewrite) their past. With four singers, five musicians, and two anything-can-happen hosts, audiences will celebrate the experience of a lifetime.

For questions or additional information,

email TheReunionExperience@gmail.com or go to www.ReunionExperience.com

 

Fandoms and Musical Theatre - An Academia Nuts Shout Out

I was very thrilled to see that Academia Nuts mentioned very kindly in an article on the place of fandoms in musicals and in musical theatre audiences. It is a great honor to have my musical included alongside Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, Puffs, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , and other excellent pieces of theatre.

See the full article here.

Speed dating

A.B.M. Musicals was selected to attend an upcoming Writer-Producer Speed Date facilitated by Theatre Resources Unlimited.

Becca Anderson and Julian Blackmore will be attending and pitching their holiday musical SNOW WAY OUT (written with Dan Marshall). We are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to meeting the other writers and producers who will be in attendance.

In SNOW WAY OUT, four strangers rent a rustic cabin each hoping for a solitary holiday. Blair, heavily pregnant, is trying to avoid her parents. Divorcee Charlie didn’t get invited to Christmas this year. Sherry, a pantheistic new-age spiritualist only wants to be with the ashes of her beloved Roger. And Colin, a product of the foster care system, always spends Christmas alone. But everyone’s antisocial plans are frozen when an AirBnB glitch and unforeseen blizzard leave them trapped in the same cabin. They have to overcome differences and work together if they want to get the Christmas they were hoping for.

SNOW WAY OUT is an off-beat, 4-actor, 90-minute holiday comedy performed on a unit set with a small band (piano, drums, bass & wind). It’s great for date nights, office parties, and audiences seeking holiday entertainment that isn’t aimed at children. A relentlessly tuneful pop score pairs up with a side-splitting, farcical book and snappy lyrics by an award-winning creative team.

A blackout, holiday spirits, and mysterious body bag converge to prove that even if you do escape your family, no one escapes Christmas. There’s SNOW WAY OUT!

FunKidzTV

Becca has written several educational songs for FunKiddzTV, an online educational series. Becca's lyrics can be heard in many of their videos, and she frequently gets to work with collaborator Julian Blackmore on these songs.

You can follow FunKiddzTV on YouTube here

Here's a little bit more about FunKiddzTv:

"FunKiddzTV is designed to engage and educate kids from all over the world through a series of upbeat animated Music Videos, stories and interactive learning. Here, your child can learn everything under the sun, from ABC to Animals, colors to shapes, and so much more! Our programming is among the best at helping children learn education basics in an entertaining way Here we house one of the internet’s largest collections of educational resources, nursery rhymes for children, and cartoons for the whole family. Our content is intended help grow with your child. Enjoy our huge collection of nursery rhymes for your children, that you and baby can sing together. Make sure to subscribe today so you don't miss any of the fun!"

Snow Way Out

My collaborators Julian Blackmore, Dan Marshall, Thomas Caruso, and I were lucky enough to have a fantastic public reading of Snow Way Out at the York Theatre Company in December. 

The 90 minute 4 character musical closed out the 2016 Developmental Reading Series and starred Max Crumm, Lesli Margherita, Lance Rubin, and Aneesh Sheth. It was thrilling to hear the show performed by such an incredible cast of all-stars and to get feedback from a live audience for this new piece.

Looking forward to sharing an update on the show soon.

Femme Chose

I've been collecting my thoughts on feminism/life in urban America on a separate website I'm calling Femme Chose. At Femme Chose, I've also been interviewing female writers and sharing those conversations via a podcast called Shakespeare's Sisters (a Virginia Woolf tip of the hat). You can check it out on the site or subscribe through iTunes. Check it out, and if you like it, be sure to write a review!

If you're a female writer who'd like to be interviewed, send me an email at becca at whynotbecca dot com.

Cheers!

Bedtime at The Blank

My full-length play will receive a workshop reading at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood on May 4th as part of their Living Room Series presentations of new works.

I'm thrilled for this opportunity to hear this play in front of an audience for the first time and to work with theatre-makers on the West Coast.

If you're in LA, come check it out for free at 8pm on Monday, May 4th at the Blank's Second Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. I'd love to see you there!