A launch not only for season 2 but for a whole new medium…
When my friend and I walked into the Submissions Only party this Monday evening we had to ask our selves what planet we’d stumbled upon. We certainly weren’t in Kansas anymore. It was the most chic event my clumsy self has been invited to since coming here. Now, I’m going to be honest, I was seriously considering wearing jeans and a T-shirt to this swaree, imagining the normal drink-at-bar scenario. However, this event was all marble, photo opps, and cater waiters. Everyone was decked out in variations of black. Thank God I was feeling fat when I got dressed.
This little-webseries-that-could has moved up to a new level. It started out as the best of start-up web shows. The mastermind behind the whole thing: UofM Grad Andrew Keenan-Bolger currently playing Crutchie in NEWSIES (Pictured above). It was quirky and compact, but had substance and real characters that you could follow and get to know. It was a niche subject matter, but it was done in a very accessible way. Now, we are seeing a new business model for commercial entertainment – fully produced made-for-the-web shows. Broadway.com has bumped up production from 6 to 8 shows this season. Let me tell you, the party wasn’t the only shockingly glitzy part of the evening. The campy, cutesy show has gotten a makeover too. It still retains all of its charm and hilarity, but it’s shiny looking and sharply shot. It’s obvious that the crew is working with nicer equipment and the editors and writers can take more time and care. The difference for a fan who’s followed the show since day one is totes striking.
This picture was the first glimpse people got of the show on BroadwayWorld.com, lucky me (the nut the right)! I had a teensy-weensy cameo in the first episode of “Submissions Only” and have remained on board as a big fan since. If you have even the slightest involvement with the entertainment world, the characters and situations will strike a side-splitting chord. This whimsical show makes light of all aspects of the commercial theatre world from the waiting rooms to the master classes to the near impossibility of having a normal love life. And of course, the audition itself. Season Two will be really exciting since the show has been picked up by BroadwayWorld.com. It’s the website’s first foray into producing original content – bravo to them for giving such a great project a home!
To check out the Season Two Premere Click: HERE