An upbeat pop/rock musical comedy performed by 8-15 adults with optional children.
Love, space-rocks, time-travel. A passport to the cosmos. Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something? A story about finding hope for the future.
An upbeat pop/rock musical comedy performed by 8-15 adults with optional children.
What stage of development is the show at, and what does it need to move forward?
We have a full-length script and score. We’ve performed songs with actors in cabaret, and recorded a full-length table-read and cast album. Next is a staged reading or production? to gain feedback, and develop further.
A college dropout troubled by bad dreams seeks answers at his aunt’s space-rock store in the Mojave.
Can I read a one-page synopsis?
Here … 1-page synopsis pdf.
Can I read a two-page synopsis?
Here … 2-page synopsis pdf.
How about a scene-by-scene synopsis with lyric videos for the songs?
Scroll down to the next section on this page.
Can I read the full script?
Yes please do! Here … script pdf.
Can I hear the cast album?
Yes! Here … cast album (streaming).
Character list with vocal pitch ranges?
Here … character ranges.
Which characters have lead singing parts in which musical numbers?
Can I download the cast album as mp3 files?
… cast album (mp3).
Can I see the piano-vocal score?
A: … pv_score pdf.
Can I hear the piano-vocal score?
Of course! Here … piano-vocal recordings.
Can I see the full score?
We’re so glad you asked! Here … full_score pdf.
What about a combined script and PV score?
Available on request.
What is the show about?
Love, space-rocks, one-night-stands, out-of-body experiences, and the saving of a collapsing timeline.
OK, but what is it really about?
About finding hope for the future, taking responsibility and growing up – as individuals and humanity.
What’s the tone?
A small book musical, with mystical and sci-fi flavours. Upbeat, fun, escapist, imaginative.
Does it have spoken scenes between the musical numbers?
Yes. About 30mins is spoken and 60mins is music.
Is it funny?
Sure. Lots of big laughs.
What other musicals is it like?
Think Hair meets Little Shop of Horrors via the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with less horror, and more Cabaret?
Hair, for grooves and ensemble vocals. Little Shop for funny sci-fi plot. Rocky Horror for dry appreciation of fringe americana and sexual eccentricity. Cabaret for some concept songs and staging, and personal emotions.
Any other reference points?
The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
It has supernatural and spaceships. Is that a genre clash?
No. it’s a specific genre: Space Fantasy. Like Dune and Star Wars.
What’s the location setting?
A geologist’s cabin and space-rock store in the Mojave desert, a spaceship, outer space, and an interrogation room.
What’s the time setting?
What was the original inspiration?
Passport to the Cosmos by John E Mack, Harvard Professor of Psychiatry, who put aside questions of “real or not real?” and studied common elements in the classic alien-abduction experience: specifically a message to humanity to grow up and live in harmony with your environment.
Lighting and projection?
The earth and sky are almost characters in the piece: sunrise, sunset, stars, space, the “overview effect” reported by astronauts, of profound empathy when seeing planet earth through a window. The climax is a dream-sequence / vision / space-flight. Lots of potential for lighting effects and multimedia projection.
A young couple levitates into a night sky. A young man floats, suspended in space and time, in an asteroid field. Could be achieved through lighting, and/or wire work.
The Little Helpers are children of the future, wearing masks. Could be played by children or not.
What’s the orchestra / band line-up?
(1) Electric/acoustic bass, (2) drums/percussion/sample-pad, (3) keyboards (with splits), (4) guitar/mandolin/banjo, (5) trumpet, (6) sax, (7) trombone. … + accordian and harmonica, real or on keyboard.
A horn section?
Yes. This is a brass feature. They play on nearly every number. Check out the concept album.
Could the music be performed by high-schoolers?
Can you supply backing tracks?
Yes. But a live band would be better.
Can you supply audio files for samples and sound effects?
Can you supply video files for projections eg. space-ship screens, Gaia’s vision, and lighting effects?
They’re in development.
What’s the content rating?
PG. The themes are intended to be edgy enough to engage kids and teens, and stimulate educational conversation, without crossing any lines. There’s mention of angels and demons, divorce, visions, a one-night-stand where we don’t know exactly what happened, an unspecified but threatening Probe, some double-entendres, species extinction, a non-binary character, a goddess, time-travel, fantasy peril, mind-altering tea, and a magical pregnancy. So appropriateness depends on your specific audience. We’d love to see a faith-based school tackle it.
What do you want the show to leave people with?
An uplifting, entertaining good time. The idea that our lives, and the future of life on earth will be great, if we make it so. Wonder, gratitude, and love, for each other, nature, and the universe.
How does this story touch you personally?
Overcoming depression through finding new family, wonder at nature and the universe, common humanity, and collective joy through drama and music. This happened to us and people we know. It’s what the world needs more of right now and maybe what all musical theatre is about?
What was your writing process?
The songs Midnight Lake and Come Back in Time came first. They seemed to be about the choice between death and life. Mystery Box and the first half of Wow! are interpolations of existing music by Julian Jahanpour. Blessed is a non-denominational Christmas song. Why Did You? is inspired by Sade and Debussy. The creative team are experienced theatre, band, and cabaret performers so the whole project is grounded in live group performance with audiences.
Did you get any dramaturg help?
Yes. An early draft was lovingly torn apart by The Academy for New Musical Theatre dramaturg as part of its Search for a New Musical program.
What do you see as road blocks to getting it produced?
Marketing an original.
But how many times are producers going to revive Little Shop and Rocky Horror instead of developing the next one?
Which is your favourite song and why?
Blessed, because of its sentiment. Hope returning after the longest night.
What song do you think the audience will leave humming?
Maybe the singalong finale, Hunkafunk?
How would a reading or concert version help you?
By getting feedback from performers and audiences, seeing how it plays in different contexts, identifying strengths and weaknesses, being fun for everyone involved, and establishing a network of friends for the project.
What’s the run-time?
90mins (comprising 30mins of dialogue and 60mins of musical numbers.)
How many theatrical acts?
Two, with an intermission.
How many structural acts/sequences?
1) Troubled – Adam has bad dreams. Maybe the universe is trying to tell him something?
2) Seduced and abandoned – A windy night brings a visitor.
3) Investigation – The team tries some inexact science.
4) Probers – Everything is connected.
5) Storm and vision – Life on earth requires some action.
6) Second chances – A bunch of stuff needs to unhappen.
7) Hope – The big wheel keeps on turning.
Could the show work as a podcast musical audiodrama?
Yes! The dialogue and sound-design is done. Check it out here. We will add narration to suit the audio-only format.
There seems to be an opportunity after “we’ve got some stops to make” for improvised scenes based on ask-fors from the audience?
Yes. Depending on the capabilities of the cast, and audience engagement.
The future can be great if we make it so.
What’s your email address to get more info or give feedback?
email@example.com. All questions and comments are very welcome. 🙂
01 – Night Fall
Beneath a starry sky in the Mojave desert, with dawn at the horizon, a herbalist opens her stall on a dusty roadside. She shakes a tamburello and sings. Two spirits appear. In a geologist’s cabin, a rock at the foot of a bed pulses with an inner light. Adam sits up in terror, then throws himself to the floor.
02 – Dry Land
Geologist Uncle Ernest and intern Georgie sort meteorites into buckets. Space-rock business is not good. Perhaps Adam has some online marketing ideas?
04 – Mex it Up
08 – Clear Sky
14 – Wow!
16 – The Man
19 – Get on The One
20 – Storm in a Spaceship
Astronauts Nina and Gina struggle to control the Mothership, rocked by time-travel turbulence. Adam’s presence onboard is causing a dangerous double paradox. ADAM attempts to be a hero, by ejecting through an airlock.
23 – Mothership
24 – Old Enough
In an interrogation room, REX, bearded and sorry for himself, is chained to a table and wired to a lie-detector. Major Don recounts Rex’s substantial intervening time and bad behaviour in various prisons. Enter Rex’s lawyer – Glen – with a parole application. The lie detector confirms Rex has learned the error of his ways.
Major Don agrees to release Rex. Glen gives Don a wrapped space-rock sample from Adam.