I’ve just been cast in a reading of a new musical. It’s titled Song-Poems Wanted! – The Musical. Here’s the blurb from our flyer:
What the $#*% is a Song-Poem?
Promoted through ads with headlines reading “Send in Your Poems – Make Millions – Be Famous,” Song-Poems are the vanity publishing side of the music recording industry. People who send in their poetry receive notice that their work is worthy of recording – in exchange for the poet sending in a fee. They send the money – hoping! In producing the songs, musicians record dozens of songs per recording session, most in one take.
SONG-POEMS WANTED! – THE MUSICAL features dozens of actual song poems (such as Blind Man’s Penis and Aliens Stole My Dog) and it tells the stories of a song-poem composer and the everyday people who submit their poetry for “consideration.” Be one of the first to see this exciting new show!
I play the role of Sharkey, the owner of Star Records. He is a money-grubbing mercenary, a comic heavy sort of role. I sing one solo song and also sing backup in a few others. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Now, back to this matter of getting in for nothing – I once again quote from the flyer:
Admission is FREE to the first 100 who RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know how many of the free tickets remain, so email them soon if you’re interested. I should add that I don’t yet know how much tickets cost if you pay to see it, but tickets to these sorts of shows are usually pretty reasonable. The reading will be one night only, Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. at The Theatre Building, 1225 West Belmont (just west of Racine) in Chicago. If you’re in town and available, I hope you can make it!
Gracious thanks go to the irrepressible FP, who told me about this show and said I should audition for it. At the same time, she was talking me up to the casting director. I don’t know whether that helped, but it sure didn’t hurt!