An interactive timeline of the highlights of the journey so far.
Yuri and Paul are invited to the Next Link weekend for the New York Musical Festival. It was an intensive couple of days of networking, learning the ropes of how to put on a production and most importantly, meeting unbelievably talented and motivated people.
And of course, the sheer and total panic of pitching and singing to a room full of broadway types. So absolutely no pressure…
Illuminati Lizards was Awarded a Next Link offer from NYMF. The musical was not ready so we converted to development Performance (read) at NYMF 2018. It was directed by David Alpert and produced by Sharon Fallon and George Youakim. It featured Autumn Hurlbert as the lead and Musical Director Jesse Kissel.
Extensive re-write of music and book. Dramaturgical assistance from New Musicals Inc in Los Angeles. Lots and lots of coffee. Then beer. Then wine.
After a great deal of writing we entered the musical for first time for NYMF 2017. We are not accepted but seriously encouraged by Rachel Sussman to get some dramaturgy and try again the following year. We received a lot of positive feedback from NY.
Draft one of the book is done, along with the first cuts of music and lyrics. It’s time for the First Read in Yuri’s lounge room.
- Pamela Shaw, (co-lead on “Lucky Stiff” with Jason Alexander)
- Emily Taheny (co-lead on “The Flip Side” with Eddie Izzard)
- Stephen Hall (lead Basil Faulty on Faulty Towers play)
- Directed by Neil Gladwin (directed Olympic Games 2000 Closing Ceremony)
After seeing Yuri’s first musical on the life of chef Margaret Fulton we plan to write a musical. Yuri is obsessed with internet conspiracy theories and the ramblings of David Icke. Paul has always wanted to write about weird and hopeless aliens, and together we find the subject matter inspiring and book and songs follow.
Paul and Yuri work together on the “Lil’ Larrikins” and Wakkaville” animation series. Paul as writer/ producer and Yuri as composer. It was a very rewarding creative collaboration and we both plan to work together again.