Sunday we had a reading of Monkey Mind our musical

This is the 3rd draft of the musical Bill Berry (Lyrics and music), Terri Weiss (Book) and myself (Music) have been writting.
After 3 years off intense work it seems everyone agrees that we are ready to workshop it for a first presentation on stage!
Here are some of the enthousiuastic responses we received:

Terri wrote to Bill and I:
EVERYBODY LOVED THE MUSIC, guys. Even my old fuddy duddy friends MY age who I thought would not be inclined to like the rap type stuff.
They ALL loved it.
I haven't heard one, not one downer about ANYTHING.

John Sparks (ANMT) wrote:
"I'm really happy with the way this project has turned out. I know it has been a long road, but it has paid off.
Congratulations. Let's see what we can make happen toward a workshop this summer.

An ex Disney exec went home after the reading and wrote us an enthusiastic email.
Here are some excerpts: (I left out the specific suggestions he offered and just kept the compliments)
"I sincerely enjoyed the play. The story is universal – perhaps not in substance, but certainly in its emotion. The story arch is tight"
"the characters are three-dimensional and empathetic. Lots of movement andy growth. I expected to have a pleasant experience, I did not expect to be thoroughly entertained and so moved. And much of that had to do with the score and lyrics that filled out their world and drove the story forward. Kudos to the all writers!
"You could stage Monkey Mind now as a very compelling production"
"the beauty of the story is normal people living normal lives, trying to cope with a tragic but normal situation. This makes a universal story and provides no excuses beyond the common struggle of a single parent and teenage girl to try to find their way.
"the young audience is likely aspirational pre-teens and their parents. But the messages are equally meaningful for both parents and their struggling teens."
" The beauty of this story is that it could, and often does, happen to anyone. Its just what life deals out, and sometimes its harsh, but we must get through it and go on."
"though it may at times have been a struggle, you and your collaborators have made a compelling piece of entertainment."

So I guess we are on to something.

Stay posted. Feel free to contact me if you are a producer or know one who might want to get involved in this project.


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