The first episode of the new web-series Outside The Box is now up and running on YouTube. Episode one stars Beth Leavel, Melody Hollis, Barry Pearl, Sandy Rosenberg, and Brandon Uranowitz. Written and Directed by Bruce Kimmel.
Outside The Box is a new musical comedy web series about a very outré musical theatre group called Outside The Box. Each episode features an entirely new cast, save for one recurring character, the director of the group. Each episode features between one and three musical numbers.
The first season features a wonderful array of performers, including (in alphabetical order), Matthew Ashford (Days Of Our Lives), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid, The Grand Tour, Falsettos), Gregory Harrison (Steel Pier, Follies, Chicago, Trapper John), Melody Hollis (White Christmas on Broadway), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Chicago) Beth Leavel (Tony-winner for The Drowsy Chaperone, Baby, It's You), Barry Pearl (Baby, It's You, Doody in the film of Grease), Sandy Rosenberg (Mamma Mia), and more.
Written and directed by Bruce Kimmel, each episode features songs by Kimmel - the Outside The Box theme is by Grant Geissman, composer of Two-And-A-Half Men and Mike and Molly. Kimmel wrote and directed the cult comedy classic film, The First Nudie Musical, and is a long-time Grammy-nominated record producer, having produced over 180 albums, including cast albums (The King and I, Hello, Dolly, Bells Are Ringing, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, etc.), concept albums (Lost In Boston, Unsung Musicals), singers (including Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Liz Callaway, Laurie Beechman, Judy Kuhn, Judy Kaye, Rebecca Luker, Brent Barrett, Jason Graae, Michelle Nicastro, Christiane Noll, and many others), as well as a historic series of jazz cover versions of Sondheim shows with The Trotter Trio. His label Kritzerland is about to release its 100th CD.
Outside The Box is shot on location in New York and Los Angeles.