The writing team of a new Broadway-bound musical, inspired by the once shockingly explicit 1928 D.H. Lawrence masterpiece, Lady Chatterley's Lover, is turning to the Internet to fundraise for an industry reading to be held in New York City in late fall. With its notarity abroad and questionable content at the time of its conception, the music and content aims to bring a story to the stage that bridges the gap between so many of our personal and internal battles and unite us in a constant search for spiritual love and the drive that empowers us to find it.
With funding as the first major obstacle in any independently produced project, these playwrights and their composer have been forced to become more innovative in their tactics, proven by the employment of kickstarter.com to help lay the groundwork for its progression and turn to the public for their chance to a be a part of the process and to have a stake in its creation. In line with the Kickstarter.com guidelines, artists have a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing.
Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Musical, has a 30-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget of $35,000 is not raised before the afternoon of October 5th, all pledges are cancelled and the piece will not be funded. An added advantage for artists is Kickstarter's merchant partner, Amazon.com, which enables each project the convenience of receiving funds from anywhere in the world. With two successful Kickstarter campaigns completed, Arts Mangaer and Producer Kimberly Giannelli has joined composer Brian Feinstein, and writers Denny Berry and Steven Yuhasz in putting this latest work on the line to share with the social online community in hopes to propel the project to Broadway status in the near future.
In collaboration with Broadway greats, Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera), Michael Shawn-Lewis (Phantom of the Opera), Christiane Noll (Chaplin) and Jill Paice (Curtains), with successful funding, the creators will offer a developmental reading with a full cast of 15, and present the complete score and book. Additional songs will be also be recorded to the existing demo, featuring Hugh, Michael Shawn, Christiane and Jill. The industry reading is aimed at producers, regional theaters, and potential backers in NYC, with the goal to propel Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Musical into a fully staged production.
To learn more about Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Musical, readers can visit the project's pitch page HERE.
Denny Berry (Book and Lyrics) is the current associate choreographer, production dance supervisor, and original Broadway Dance Captain of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Hal Prince, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, She also currently serves as the head of the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah.
Steven Yuhasz (Book and Lyrics) is the Executive Director for Shakespeare on the Sound, and has directed several Off Broadway shows, having been honored with the Producers' Award of the Dallas Fringe Festival. He has also produced The Actors' Fund of America Broadway Concerts and World AIDS Day Concert of PIPPIN.
Brian Feinstein (composer) is the recipient of the Anna Sosenko Trust Award for his work in the Off-Broadway show MIMI LE DUCK, starring the legendary Eartha Kitt. In addition to working on LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, he is currently working alongside Broadway producers Olympus Theatricals composing an original musical, TINA GIRLSTAR, which is in negotiation with The Signature Theater in Washington, DC for a workshop production directed by Eric Schaeffer.
Kimberly Giannelli, New York arts manager, producer and dancer is spearheading the marketing, public relations and the fundraising initiative for this phase of the project. She has produced an evening of dance at El Museo Del Barrio at the start of 2012 featuring stars from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, as well as a premiere Baroque Opera written by Igor Kunyukhov at the Angel Orensanz Foundation this past spring, to critical acclaim.