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As their submission to the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, songwriter Jeff Bowen and librettist Hunter Bell decided to, as Bowen puts it in the song "An Original Musical," "write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical." Naturally, when it came to "Filling Out the Form" (another song), in the

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As their submission to the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, songwriter Jeff Bowen and librettist Hunter Bell decided to, as Bowen puts it in the song "An Original Musical," "write a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical." Naturally, when it came to "Filling Out the Form" (another song), in the bracketed space marked "[title of show]," they titled this show [title of show]. The result displays the writer/performers' affection for and understanding of the form of the musical, as well as their ambitions and uncertainties, all of this expressed in contemporary American slang. (The album contains enough cursing to satisfy a rap star, but does not carry a parental advisory sticker.) There is one song in which the two female performers, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, ponder about each other, "What Kind of Girl Is She," a question that seems to be answered by their follow-up duet, "Secondary Characters." The four singers work up their greatest enthusiasm in "Die Vampire, Die!," a song about the various forms of discouragement facing the creative artist, including actual people and also the voices inside the artist's own head.

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Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558441420
catalogNumber:
84414
Rank:
158299

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[Title of Show] 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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imajeepguyNY More than 1 year ago
While entertaining, this show isn't quite as postmodern as it claims to be. The "high concept" of a show within a show within a show, seem too forced. It reminded me of the high school kids who know they're smart and go about trying to prove it. Many of the songs feel like cheap Avenue Q ripoffs. That being said, I did enjoy the honesty about it. The performers were sweet and likeable. Many of the songs are wacky enough to be memorable. I especially liked "Die Vampire Die". I anticipate that this show will become a cult favorite and many community groups will butcher this music for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the music is amazing! i really like that the orchestrations are mostly piano. it makes the show more practical. every song keeps your attention. i really want to see this show.
Erilac_Selbit More than 1 year ago
The show itself is about two guys writing an original musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. I am really glad I bought this cd after hearing a short clip on the NPR. The music is great; a piano and wonderful harmonies from the cast. I really enjoy singing along to it and did I mention I love the harmonies. I also enjoy the humor and reality/realism of the show because it is autobiographical of the creators which makes it original and plausible that maybe one day I could write a musical and have it make it on Broadway. I am in love with all of the songs some favorites being "Die, Vampire, Die", "Two Nobodies in New York","Nine People's Favorite Thing" and "Secondary Characters" but I would really list the whole cd if I could. So, I just recommend just breaking down and buying the cd, instead of only some songs that sound appealing on itunes.
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