Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!

Interdisciplinary artist Kara Hearn presents a defiantly optimistic, barebones, experimentally cast musical production that uses an orphan-themed Broadway musical, (hereafter referred to as “[unnamed Broadway musical]”), as its point of departure.

April 14 - May 19th 2012 | EFA Project Space | T. 212-563-5855 x 244 | www.efanyc.org

Photos from the Q&A and reception after the final performance of Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!

Photos from the final performance of Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!

Week 5

With less than one week until the big night, the cast and creatives were still hard at work generating material to get the show ready for opening.  Some of this material was new, and some of it was culled from interviews conducted during the very first week, as a reminder of the original inspiration for the cast members and characters.  In keeping with the crazy spirit of the project, the cast remained open to changing the material and taking big risks all the way through the final hours of rehearsal.

Week 4

This past week has been about figuring out the order of the show from all of the moments improvised by the cast as well as the lyrics they have written on their own.  As the outline has been constructed, gaps have been filled in to create a cohesive story that is funny, touching, and mysterious.  By the end of the week, the whole team had started working through the show in the order it will be performed next weekend.  Also, composer Christopher Berg is back in town after his concerts in Europe, and is hard at work putting music to all of the solos in the show that the cast has written the lyrics for - some 7 or 8 new songs in total.  With all of this structure in place, the cast is ready to hit the ground running, practicing and polishing their material for opening night - less than a week away.

Week 3


This week, the performers developed not only their characters, but the relationships between the different characters. Dialogue is born. Each of the eight cast members had created their own character that fulfills their performance dream, filling the show with a wide variety of personas including a cursed old hag, a plucky optimist, a slave from ancient Rome, a girl who wants to be a Country star, and a spirit who can restore memories or take them away. All of these seemingly disparate roles now come together into a full and relatable story about loss, hope, abandonment, family, and the search for identity. The performers are also gearing up for next Saturday, May 19th, when the final performance will take place.
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Week 3

This week, the performers developed not only their characters, but the relationships between the different characters. Dialogue is born. Each of the eight cast members had created their own character that fulfills their performance dream, filling the show with a wide variety of personas including a cursed old hag, a plucky optimist, a slave from ancient Rome, a girl who wants to be a Country star, and a spirit who can restore memories or take them away. All of these seemingly disparate roles now come together into a full and relatable story about loss, hope, abandonment, family, and the search for identity. The performers are also gearing up for next Saturday, May 19th, when the final performance will take place.

Week Two

With composer Chris Berg gone, the group worked on the choreography with Pia Monique Murray for the two group numbers. Director Sarah Cameron Sunde led the group through an exercise exploring the physicality of each character and their relationships to each other. The group had a brainstorming session about what the important elements of an orphan-themed musical are, based on our memories of consuming such musicals as kids. This led to an interesting conversation about adoption and the problematic concept of “the grateful orphan”. The cast members took turns presenting their characters to the group and fielding questions to further develop the characters, and will continue to do so through the week, along with rehearsing more choreography.

Photos from the auditions, April 14th

Photos from the auditions, April 14th

Photos from the auditions, April 14th

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