Trying to figure out a "large scale" musical for a 116 seat blackbox!

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November 18, 2009
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Any suggestions??My group, Dynamic Stage Productions in Canton, MI is trying to figure out our "large scale" musical for this season but our spacial resources are a touch limited. Hoping showspace can help!:)?
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November 24, 2009
Please forgive my blatant self promotion, but you might like my new musical comedy "Big Feet, Big Love." The show is certainly BIG with as much spicey dancing as your audience can handle. The stage directions suggest a mostly bare stage with easty to build spinning flats for quick scene changes. It's a new show and the music demo CD isn't finished yet, but you can download the one sheet and the script from the "My Files" on my MTI ShowSpace profile or from http://www.RodneyRobbins.com. (The MTI audio player might not be working yet, but MTI is working to get that fixed.) Read more about the new show at http://www.BigFeetBigLove.com.

November 23, 2009
Unfortunately, the production photos may not happen, our photographer dropped on us THE NIGHT he was supposed to be there. We had a DVD made for our records which I may try and screenshot out of. Thanks for your support Marcus!

November 23, 2009
Hey everyone who has helped me out by commenting, we had our meeting tonight and the show we decided on was Fame. We decided with the movie having just come out and whatnot it would bring in a lot of patronage. We're a newer group and we need all the money we can get and with the fan base we've begun to construct with our production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (which I co-directed and played VP Panch in) we decided Fame would be our best bet. Thank you all for your input! I'll keep in touch, posting pictures etc. throughout. That having been said, our next show is actually the straight play, Cheaper by the Dozen which goes up in February. Spring show is Fame. Summer show is Bare. After that it looks like our kids show for the season may wind up being Pinkalicious the Musical. Thanks again! -Dave

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November 23, 2009
I think the FAME dvd is coming out in late January, so that should help too with audience interest. Please keep us posted on how it all goes. PS - can't wait to see your production photos from Spelling Bee - the promo shots are great.

November 22, 2009
Seussical would be great in a black box setting, that way you can just introduce simple bold colours through costume and oversized props. You can't create too much set for Seussical as it moves too quick. I have seen it done in the round really effectively! Les Mis SE is a great 1 too

November 21, 2009
I wouldn't wanna do Seussical without a big set. Little Shop and Urinetown though both on my top 10 faves, have been done too much recently. And uh... Honk isn't uh... Very good. ;) I'd LOOOOOVE to do Parade...

November 21, 2009
HAIR would be fun!

November 21, 2009
I think Seussical works better without a big set. The material just doesn't support BIG, as evidenced by the Broadway production.

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November 20, 2009
If you're looking for something darker, think about SWEENEY TODD - I've seen some really great productions in blackbox settings. Since most of the action takes place in the pie shop or the barbershop with a relatively limited set of central characters, the darkness and claustrophobia that a blackbox can provide can be used to great effect. And the proximity of your audience may eliminate the need for amplified voices.

November 20, 2009
I love Sweeney. Unfortunately it's been done too much around here recently to really be effective.

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