(Wo)men Rule Broadway is a live theatrical show in which women perform songs and roles originally written for men.
About this project
(Wo)men Rule Broadway is a live theatrical show in which women sing and perform roles and songs originally written for men. Our goal is to give women the opportunity to explore roles that are not typically written for women, and to change societal views and expectations of how women are to behave and be perceived. This show is not about proving that “women can play with/like the men,” but rather to show that women, like men, are fully complex human beings with more inside of them than what society has given them permission to show.
It is 2016! Women can vote! We can own property! There is nothing we can’t do!
We want to give talented women the chance to tell their stories and showcase their talents through the roles that they would otherwise never have a chance to perform.
This is technically a cabaret/review of musical theater songs, but it will not just be women singing the songs like a vocal recital! This show will have props, costumes, choreography, lights, a band, and more!
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM!
Genevieve- Creator, Director
Genevieve has been in musical theater for 23+ years and has made a career in entertainment. She has studied with, performed, and written for many big productions including Disney, Ringling Brothers, The Jim Henson Company, Upright Citizens Brigade, and several others.
Kelly- Musical Director
Kelly has a BA in vocal performance and has made her career from music. She has a lifetime of experience in musical theater and vocal performance. She has worked as a singer in Tokyo Disney, and has performed countless times at the House of Blues and many other venues in Hollywood. Her experience and talent is invaluable and she will make sure this show sounds phenomenal.
As far as the money goes…
We would like to use the money in a variety of positive ways!
1) We want to put this show up in an actual theater in Hollywood. We do not want to do this show in a small blackbox theater with folding chairs. We want to give women the opportunity to perform these awesome roles on an actual stage. We would like to do at least 3 full performances, but if we are able to pay for more nights in the theater, we can give more people the opportunity to see these wonderful women slaaaay the stage!
2) We want to PAY our performers, tech and crew. So often in Hollywood, people are asked to do things for free, or for the “exposure.” But we believe that professionals deserve to be treated like professionals. We are not just casting our friends for some small show. We are having open auditions in LA, and will be assembling the best cast we can for this production. Our performers, tech, and crew will all be held to high professional standards and thus deserve to be paid for their talents and time.
3) We would like to put on a quality production. That means paying for costumes, lights and some props. The better visual quality for the show, the better overall experience for the audience! Huzzah!
4) We would like to film this project, and film it well. This means that we need to hire and pay proper camera operators. Actors constantly need quality footage of their performances for demo/audition reels.
*Because we would like to repeat this kind of show again and again, giving more women the opportunity to perform, we could use the footage as “proof of concept” for future endeavors.
This project is for every little girl that watched “Beauty and the Beast” and thought, “I want to be Gaston.”
Risks and challenges
The most challenging part of any show is organizing schedules and getting people to show up to rehearsal. This is why we want to pay the performers. People are much more likely to show up and do a good job when they are getting paid. (Also when they feel loved and appreciated! WHICH WE WILL DO TOO!)
We will have the schedule already laid out for our performers at the time of the audition. This way they can tell us if they have any conflicts, and we can put that information to good use when casting. Also, they will have the rehearsal and show schedule in advance, so they can be sure to plan their own lives accordingly.
We will have a contract for our performers to sign regarding tardiness and missing rehearsals. Again, when money is involved, people are much more likely to be held accountable.
As far as casting and having support for the project, we have already had a number of women and theaters reach out. We are not worried about a lack of talent or venue! Hooray!
We are not in the process of completing any past projects, and our project does not require any approval or premarket review from an outside company or agency.