The comedic theatre collective Compass Theatrical today released the long-awaited original cast album of their 2011 cult musical hit THE SPIDEY PROJECT — featuring a super-hero rock score composed by Doug Katsaros and Adam Podd — It is available via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon and also, keeping with the tradition of the show, free to download from CD Baby and their website: compasstheatrical.com.
Justin Moran directed the sold-out production of the unauthorized musical parody (music by Katsaros and Podd, with book and lyrics by Moran and Jon Roufaeal) based on the web-slinging hero who was catching so much flack on Broadway that year. The album has music direction and arrangements by Adam Podd with additional arrangements by his identical twin brother Matt, and a band featuring Doug Katsaros, the brothers Podd, Dillon Kondor, Bernard Grobman, and Harvey Wirht. The score’s style draws inspiration from the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon and a clear pop-rock influence to hilariously tell the iconic zero-to-hero story of social outcast Peter Parker, whose life changes when he’s bitten by radio-active spider.
THE SPIDEY PROJECT started in the wake of the extended preview performances of Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was criticized for its excessive delays, bloating budget, and cast injuries. Comedian and playwright Justin Moran joked to the internet, “How important is $65 million in making good theatre?” and stated his goal of creating a fully-realized web-slinging musical for $0 in under 30 days, making its opening one day before the (at the time) scheduled opening of the Broadway show. Interest poured in and volunteers were enlisted, and in just a month they wrote, rehearsed, and produced the first Spider-Man musical to officially open in New York City.
In addition to having the rehearsal and performance space donated to the project, recording studio NY NOISE donated time for the group to record their sweet score for posterity. And record they did. Mark Goodell volunteered to engineer and mix the album which was produced by Adam Podd and features the vocal talents of original cast members: Travis Nilan, Liz Bachman, Jon Roufaeal, Ryan Nelson, Michael Lutton, Louie Pearlman, Robin Rothman, and Claire Neumann; as well as Diana Yourke, and Adam Podd.
The show’s strong reviews and subsequent life on the internet and in productions around the country caught the eye of veteran producer Paul Bartz, president of Windwood Theatricals (Broadway’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking), who is leading the campaign to bring THE SPIDEY PROJECT national tour to life for the Fall of 2014.
To download the album visit: http://www.compasstheatrical.com
For more information on The Spidey Project and its history visit: http://thespideyproject.blogspot.com
For more information on the National Tour visit: http://www.windwoodtheatricals.com
Hey all you beautiful and devoted Spidey fans!
The highly anticipated (and almost 2 years late) cast-recording of The Spidey Project is finally here. A quick re-cap for those of you who don’t know…
The Spidey Project was the FIRST theatrical Spider-Man musical to have opened in NYC. In the name of truth and justice, we put together a dream team (volunteers, all) of creatives, actors, techies, musicians, etc., etc. to conceive, write, rehearse, produce, and finally mount a fully realized web-slinger comic-book musical-parody (full of hyphenation) in just 30 days – for ZERO dollars. This was in response to the Broadway fiasco with its delayed openings, cast injuries, and 75+ million dollar budget. The general idea being that maybe with all that bloat they missed the point of theatre and Spider-Man. So our fearless leader, Justin Moran (co-author and director), put out a Youtube call to the world that stated his goal, with only 30 days to make it happen, in order to beat Turn Off the Dark’s slated opening night with our own opening night, one day earlier. The world responded with hundreds of excited participants and we quickly went to work.
Doug Katsaros and Adam Podd set to work on a world-class score, Justin Moran and Jon Roufaeal hammered together a funny, energetic and tight-as-hell script, and the rest is (internet) history.
We’re hard at work right now on getting the album up on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify so you can all download it for free, put it on your phones, and listen to it at the gym; and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready, but until then, look below to listen to complete score in all of its glory.
For this amazing album Adam Podd was our producer and arranger, and his good friend/colleague Mark Goodell was our mixing engineer.
Music by: Doug Katsaros and Adam Podd
Lyrics by: Justin Moran and Jon Roufaeal
Produced & Arranged by: Adam Podd
Mixed by: Mark Goodell
Additional Arrangements by Matt Podd
Piano: Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros
Other Keys/Synth: Adam Podd and Matt Podd
Guitar/Bass: Dillon Kondor
Additional Guitar: Bernard Grobman
Drums: Harvey Wirht
Travis Nilan as Peter Parker
Liz Bachman as Gwen Stacey
Jon Roufaeal as Kent Holbrook and Chameleon
Ryan Nelson as Flash and The Doctor
Michael Lutton as Uncle Ben and Scorpion
Louie Pearlman as Electro and J.J. Jameson
Robin Rothman as Aunt May
Claire Neumann as Betty Brant
Justin Moran as Dr. Spidderman
Above also make up all vocal ensembles
Diana Yourke as Ensemble (recording only)
Adam Podd as Easter-Egg guest vocal… who found it?
Hey all you pirates-at-heart! Awesome news, for any of you who didn’t have a chance to catchs us this August in the Fringe Festival, “Nightfall on Miranga Island” was selected for Encore performances in September. So now all those friends from the office who you didn’t get to bring before can finally come! We’re very excited to be extended, of the 187 shows in the festival only 12 were given extensions! And if you want to find out why, you have 5 chances:
Saturday, September 8th @ 7:30pm
Thursday, September 13th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 15th @ 10:00pm
Friday, September 28th @ 7:30pm
Sunday, September 30th @ 7:30pm
All performances are still at the Players Theater on Macdougal St. Click the ‘tickets’ tab for more info.
If you need some confincing, here are a couple of videos from the Fringe run:
Jon Roufaeal singing ‘Whisper Woods/I Volunteer’
Nick Kanellis singing ‘The Blacksmith Song’