Fallen Hollywood record label executive “Buzz” Michaelson needs to find the next big thing in pop music. Driven by the multi-platinum careers of his previous discoveries, a deep passion for the recording industry and the quest for fame, he seeks out a teenage prodigy in the wilds of Idaho. As Buzz pledges to mentor the boy and support the teen’s grandmother, he soon learns the price of developing a new musical sensation might cost him more than his heart can handle.
With a dynamic original score – infused with dance and pop music – written by one of the industry’s leading songwriting teams, PopStar is an emotionally uplifting new musical for audiences of all ages.
MARTIN CASELLA (Bookwriter) Black Tom Island (Commission – Premiere Stages/Liberty Hall Museum 2018); THE REPORT (2015 FringeNYC); The Irish Curse (Off-Broadway, London, Edinburgh, Prague; published by French), Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead, Scituate, Mates, Paydirt, Desert Fire, Beautiful Dreamer, Grand Junction. (Musicals) Mary Modern, Play It Cool (Off-Broadway, NAMT, NYMF), Paper Moon (NAMT, Papermill, Goodspeed, Walnut Street, Ford’s Theater, Tokyo), Happy Holidays (Pasadena Playhouse), Saint Heaven (Village Theater), DOO-DAH! (workshop at Stratford Festival, Canada). (Film/TV) One Night Stand; screenplays/TV scripts for Steven Spielberg, HBO, CBS, ABC, Disney, Universal, WB. (Awards) FringeNYC 2015/2005 Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting, THE REPORT /The Irish Curse.; Dramalogue/LA WEEKLY Outstanding Play Awards for Mates; NY Outer Critics Circle nomination, Best New Off-Broadway Musical, Play It Cool ; GLAAD nominations for Outstanding New Play, The Irish Curse and Best New Off-Broadway Musical, Play It Cool. Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play Award, Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead. Casella taught playwright at CalArts and NYC’s Harvey Milk School.
Jay Levine is a music producer and song writer whose passion is helping artists find their voice through song writing and development. He has discovered and produced and written for multi-platinum artists such as Fefe Dobson, Susan Cagle, Catey Shaw Prozzak and The Philosopher Kings. Jay has written and produced songs for over 20 feature films, and has written singles for Miranda Cosgove (“iCarly”) and Elizabeth Gillies (“Victorious”). His latest project, Today Kid, has been featured in Reebok, Best Buy, Match.com, Verizon and Benjamin Moore and Chase commercials. In 2013, Levine was the head music producer at the Orchard’s sync department and also taught songwriting workshops at NYU. Jay has consulted for Lyor Cohen (WMG) and his label Lefthook Entertainment has been supported by Columbia Records, Island Def Jam and Sony/ATV. Currently Jay is supervisor for a feature film called Manhattan Nocturnestarring Adrian Brody. Levine’s band Prozzak is currently playing sold out shows across Canada and developing a TV show for the project. He is in the process of recording an album for Catey Shaw who he discovered in the Subway in NYC and who now has over 30 million plays on Spotify.
Sophie Dupin grew up in Northern Michigan and moved to NYC at the age of 18 to pursue her songwriting career while attending Pratt Institute for graphic design. Playing clubs on the lower east side of Manhattan, Sophie learned the art of artist development while co-founding a successful graphic design company. Dupin combines these worlds as she is the head art director and main songwriter for Break Entertainment, an artistic development and creative company. Sophie Dupin has written songs for major label artists, as well as TV commercials with brands such as Fisher Price, Crayola, Febreeze and Pandora Jewelry. You can also hear her songs in the feature film Manhattan Nocturne starring Adrien Brody. In 2015 Break artist Loren, was labeled 5 Artists to Watch in September 2015 by SPIN MAGAZINE. Dupin is also the co-writer of viral sensation Kimberly Henderson’s “Tiny Hearts” that received national press and was performed on the Steve Harvey show. Dupin has worked as a Judge for X-factor, scout for America’s Got Talent and sang with the band Passion Pit on Saturday Night Live. Sophie is currently recording her debut solo album under the name BRIX. Brix vocals and songwriting are featured on Hollywood Records’ artist Cole Plante’s song “Before I’m Yours” which topped the Billboard Dance Charts.
SHARON ROSEN (Creator and Director) produced and directed Play It Cool from NYMF to NAMT to Off Broadway, where it received an Outer Critics Circle Best New Musical nomination, and a Best Off-Broadway Musical GLAAD nomination for its NYMF production. For the Los Angeles production, Play It Cool received several award nominations, including a GLAAD Award nomination for Outstanding New LA Play. Sharon also produced and directed the West Coast premiere of Always…Patsy Cline, starring Sally Struthers, which played The Coronet Theater (LA), The Laguna Playhouse and in Las Vegas, where it received Best Production honors. Her American premiere of Slow Love earned seven Drama-Logue Awards (including Critic’s Choice and Best Production); her LA premiere of David Budbill’s Judevine brought her three more. Sharon also produced RUMI with Paul Sills, founder of Second City and creator of the Tony Award-winning Story Theater. Sharon is preparing to direct a revival of Oh What A Lovely War. Sharon also acting and directing at colleges and high schools and is currently directing 100 students in their 5th grade musical at PS41.
DOMINICK AMENDUM served for nearly a decade as Associate Music Supervisor of the International Mega-Hit Musical Wicked, also having Conducted and Music Directed Wicked on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and in cities across the U.S. on the First National Tour. Additionally, Dominick was the Arranger and Music Supervisor for the Broadway musical First Date (starring Zachary Levi). Other favorite credits include: Heathers (New World Stages); Gigantic (The Vineyard); Moonshine (Dallas Theatre Center); LMNOP (Houston TUTS); The Blue Flower (SecondStage); Elf (Paper Mill Playhouse); Secondhand Lions (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre); The Kid (The New Group); Born To Dance (for Princess Cruise Lines); Cabaret (National Tour); Oliver! (National Tour); The Romance Of Magno Rubio (DR2 Theatre).
Upcoming projects include: Prince Of Egypt (With Stephen Schwartz and DreamWorks); The Wonder Years (based on the popular television series); The Sting; and Take The Lead.
Dominick produced the recent First Date cast album, as well as recordings for Stephanie J. Block (“This Place I Know”); Carrie Manolakos (“Echo”), Will Van Dyke (“Chasing The Day”) and Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell (“Sorta Love Songs”). In the studio, he has collaborated with the likes of Rupert Holmes, Dolly Parton, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Dominick is the Smart-Tillman Distinguished Professor at his alma-mater, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also studied Classical Piano Performance. He lives in Ridgefield, CT with his wife, Vicki, and baby son Marco.
Alchemy Production Group is headed by Carl Pasbjerg and senior General Managers, Marshall Purdy and Abbie Strassler, along with Associate General Manager Lauren Tucker, who have overseen scores of live stage attractions around North America throughout their multi-decade careers. Current Productions: Come From Away, In Transit, The Illusionists – Turn of the Century, Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science. Recent APG productions include The Illusionists (Broadway Engagements 2014 & 2015), Doctor Zhivago, First Date, Memphis (Broadway, West End and National Tour) Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, A Christmas Story, Guys and Dolls, and Lucky Guy (Off-Broadway), to name a few. APG also works with BASE Entertainment to develop a portfolio of live productions in Las Vegas and throughout North America. www.alchemyproductiongroup.com
RICHARD “BUZZ” MICHAELSON, a driven, charming manager of pop singers
LUKA (“LUKE”) PALMER, a teenage boy who wants to be a pop star
KATIE ANDERSON, Luka’s best friend and songwriter
DAPHNE, a brilliant young British singing sensation
THE LODGE, a successful black R&B/rap singer and producer
MARCO MUNOZ, a slick Hispanic pop performer and producer
MIMI PALMER, Luka’s grandmother and guardian
DAISY SANCHEZ, a young TV actor and singer
CHAZ JANKI, a young guitarist and later Daphne’s boyfriend
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