How long does it take to write a musical, cast it, and see it arrive on stage? Normally it takes months or maybe even years. But in the next few days, that time will be reduced to just 24 hours. That’s right, a musical will be produced in just a day when the event is the 6th Annual 24 Hour Musicals event.
This special event is run by The Exchange, a New York City-based producer and developer of theater. The Exchange produces plays and runs the Orchard Project, a retreat where artists work collaboratively to develop new work. The event benefits the Exchange’s summer retreat, The Orchard Project.
Here’s how it works. The event begins at a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team Sunday night, April 6. Each person is asked to bring a prop and a costume to the meet-and-greet to inspire the writers. The actors and directors leave at 11:00 p.m. At that time, the composers and book writers begin writing their show. A completed musical with at least two songs is due by 7:00 a.m. the next morning. Shortly afterwards, the directors, choreographers and actors come in for rehearsals. A technical rehearsal is held in the late afternoon and the musicals are presented that evening and performed without a script in hand. A live audience attends the performances and gets to see the results of the 24 hour development process.
The following actors are scheduled to participate in this year’s event: Eden Espinosa, Constantine Maroulis, Lea DeLaria, Ashley Fink, Taran Killam, Wesley Taylor, deAdre Aziza, Julian Fleisher, Kathy Najimy, Ted Sperling, Theo Stockman, David Rossmer, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Jenny Giering, Lance Horne, Theresa Rebeck, Justin Levine, Steve Rosen, Eisa Davis, Sarah Schenkkan, Julie Reiber, Sami Gayle, Marlo Hunter and Shea Sullivan.
The musicals will be presented at Irving Plaza on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to purchase tickets and come to see results of the work that took place. More information about the event and tickets can be found on The Exchange’s website.