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Scriptwriter Sought For Musical Comedy Project

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Peter Grey

  • Friday 22nd April 2016, 2:57pm
  • England
  • 1 posts

Peter K Grey acts as an intermediary between rightsholders and adapters, so as to facilitate opportunities for existing titles to be reconceived in other artforms.

He is seeking a bookwriter (musical theatre parlance for "scriptwriter") for a musical theatre adaptation of a successful novel by a name writer.

This is to be a musical comedy, designed to appeal both to the many who will be familiar with the novel and/or its author's work, and to others attracted by its intriguing central premise.

Applications are invited from bookwriters who can bring characters to life through funny yet believable dialogue, and who can condense, reconceive and structure an existing story into a theatrical form.

The initial plan is to work towards a reading within the next 12 months, and thereafter to continue the piece's development as necessary so as to enable it to ultimately receive a full production. Schedules and dates can be arranged taking any other commitments the bookwriter may already have into consideration.

The successful candidate would be working speculatively: a bookwriter is sought who is genuinely excited by, passionate about, and believes in, the project and eager to collaborate with the composer/lyricist, rather than one who simply regards it as a "paid gig". Obviously the cost of the rights are covered, and the resources to arrange the aforementioned reading are in place.

In the first instance please submit a biog plus a sample scene whose style is *either* irreverent, comedically absurd, and "near the mark" (think Spamalot or The Book Of Mormon) *or* representative of a heartwarming and uplifting romantic comedy (think Mamma Mia! or Legally Blonde). These should be sent to peter.k.grey@btinternet.com by 30 April.

It is not possible to mention further specifics in the above brief; however, all shortlisted candidates will be confidentially provided with the relevant details and given the opportunity to meet with the composer/lyricist in question.

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Lazzard

  • Saturday 23rd April 2016, 9:40am [Edited]
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,648 posts
Quote: Peter Grey @ 22nd April 2016, 2:57 PM BST

... a "paid gig"

Heaven forbid. :O

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Paul Wimsett

  • Saturday 23rd April 2016, 9:46am
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,379 posts

Even if it is a paid gig, you want a professional who regards it more than a paid gig.

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Lazzard

  • Saturday 23rd April 2016, 11:45am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,648 posts

It's our old friend 'deferred payment', I fear.

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Tiggy

  • Saturday 23rd April 2016, 10:05pm
  • Reading, England
  • 176 posts

No. Shan't. And you can't make me!

(Wonder if it's 50 Shades: The Musical?)

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Paul Wimsett

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016, 8:54am [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,379 posts

It is not possible to mention further specifics in the above brief; however, all shortlisted candidates will be confidentially provided with the relevant details and given the opportunity to meet with the composer/lyricist in question.

What BS this man speaks, does he think that we'd believe he's got a top jukebox musical MD? I think the K must stand for Kleptic.