Book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree
Music and Original Lyrics by Eli Bolin
An original new musical, and you can help take it to the next level! Get an exclusive insider's experience bringing a new work to the NYC stage!
We are thrilled to announce that FOUND THE MUSICAL will have its NYC debut at the Atlantic Theater Company in the fall! The Atlantic has been a huge supporter of the show, and we're honored to be opening their 2014-15 season.
There's still time to join us on this exciting journey. Our Indiegogo campaign is ending at midnight tonight — don't miss the chance to be a part of this show!
What is FOUND THE MUSICAL?
FOUND THE MUSICAL is based on scores of outrageous and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been "found" in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows FOUND MAGAZINE creator Davy Rothbart from his discovery of a shocking note mistakenly left on his car, through his unlikely adventure creating a cult favorite indie magazine with his friends. Finding success sharing other people's embarrassing, hilarious or harrowing private thoughts, Davy uncovers the secret we've all forgotten: the things we hide are often the very things we have in common.
FOUND weaves together Davy's story with those of countless other real people, through the notes they've lost that others have found. FOUND THE MUSICAL isn't just based on a true story, it's based on hundreds of them.
Every dollar we raise with this campaign will go towards further developing the show and getting it in front of an audience in New York City!
How it All Started
Join Our Team
FOUND is at a crucial stage in its development. We have had successful readings and workshops at prestigious festivals and theaters. And now, due to the show's success and escalating popularity, we are preparing the show for a production!
Now what we need is your generous financial support to make launching a production a reality. With your pledge, you will be joining us in this exciting next step for FOUND. Your contribution will go towards developing the creative aspects of the show such as choreography, projections, demo recordings, and musical arrangements which are such important aspects to mounting a production of FOUND.
This really is your chance to be on the inside of a show’s creation. To show our appreciation for your generous support, we have come up with some awesome rewards for your contribution that will make you part of the FOUND team and a true industry insider!
Where has FOUND been?
Ars Nova – New York, 2009 - 2010 – Four Performances of FOUND ensued over several months, each time honing the material and drawing enthusiastic audiences.
Williamstown Theatre Festival – Massachusetts, summer 2011 – A two-week workshop transitioning the show from sketches to a narrative book musical takes place and culminates in a reading.
Running Deer Musical Lab – Washington State, 2012 – A week-long workshop allowing the authors to polish the material in preparation for an upcoming production at the Berkshire Theatre Group.
Berkshire Theatre Group – Massachusetts, September 2012 – A two-week rehearsal period culminates in two staged public performances at the Colonial Theatre of the full book musical.
American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University - Illinois, May 2013 - FOUND is invited to further develop the script in a two-week workshop that concludes in three public presentations.
New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Season – The Inside Look – New York, July 2013 – A two-week workshop with Broadway performers culminates in three sold-out presentations!
Atlantic Theater Company – New York, December 2013 – A two-week staged reading takes place with Broadway performers, a choreographer and musicians.
WHO ARE WE? The Creative Team Behind FOUND THE MUSICAL
HUNTER BELL (Book) earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include Silence! The Musical, Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre) and the Great American Mousical (Goodspeed). He is a co-creator of the web series [title of show] show and recently developed for ABC Studios/Television and Cherry-Wind Productions.
LEE OVERTREE (Director, Book) has served as artistic director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the group in 2003 and oversees performances and media in New York City, Los Angeles and on national tours. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Solid Sound Festival (curated by the band Wilco), Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, and at dozens of theaters in New York, including at Symphony Space and Ars Nova. Other directing credits include Brilliance! (Geffen Playhouse), John Grisham’s Theodore Boone and the Thrill of Rights (Penguin Books Natl. Tour), Found (Actor’s Playhouse, Ars Nova and Berkshire Theater Group), He is an alumnus of Northwestern University.
ELI BOLIN (Music, Original Lyrics) is the music director/songwriter for Story Pirates, an arts education organization with branches in NYC and L.A. that performs songs and sketches adapted from the creative writing of children all over the country. Eli has been writing music for Sesame Street since 2010, and has also written just for Fuses’ Billy on the Street and two Kristen Schaal specials for Comedy Central. His musical Volleygirls was part of the 2013 New York Musical Theater Festival and his Lucille Lortel-nominated musical Skippyjon Jones begins its third year of touring in fall 2013. Eli also composed scores for off-Broadway’s I Sing! Roller Disco! (ART), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown) and Fringical! (NYMF).
DAVY ROTHBART (Creator, Found Magazine) Davy’s magazine Found is dedicated to discarded notes, letters, flyers, photos, lists, and drawings found and sent in by readers. The magazine spawned a best-selling book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World, published in April 2004. A second collection was published in May 2006, a third in May 2009. The magazine is published annually. He directs the Found Magazine Prison Pen-Pal Program, connecting Found readers on the outside with those behind bars, and is also active with the youth writing programs 826 National, 826michigan, and 826LA.
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Meeting our goal: AMAZING! We will be able to produce our intended premiere of FOUND THE MUSICAL in New York City.
Exceeding our goal: FANTASTIC! FOUND THE MUSICAL will have an even more outstanding production with higher quality design in sets, lights and costumes.
Doubling our goal: INCREDIBLE! Our production will have increased marketing resources to spread the word on this great show!
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To check out Davy Rothbart on the David Letterman show talking about how it all started.
Also listen to a few demo tracks from the songs in the show! (these are just demos-but will give you a sampling of the music)
Stuff You Should Know
• Please read the rewards carefully to determine those that are location or date specific, or subject to limited quantities. Specific event information will be posted on www.FoundTheMusical.com and you will contacted personally via email. We will not be able to change any date/time to fit individual schedules.
• Travel, lodging and transportation are not included in any award.
• Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend all events.
• Some rewards may require that you (and your guest, if applicable) sign a non-disclosure agreement upon your arrival.
*All production photos were taken at the Berkshire Theatre Group workshop presentation in 2012.