Month: June 2014

Keanu Reeves, I’m Sorry I Doubted You

It may take people a few days, months, or years to understand the magic and beauty of Keanu Reeves.

Check out Anne Billson’s article on her doubt of Keanu and how it changed.

Keanu Reeves, I’m Sorry I Doubted You

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I was just like Anne Billson, thinking Keanu was terrible and could only play the stoner characters that had no depth. Boy, was I wrong. Once I really started to research Keanu for the musical I began to see the kindness that was in him and how serious he took his career as an actor. He’s professional, generous, and down to Earth. He’s not your typical Hollywood actor, trying to stay out of the lime light instead of in it. I have great respect for him and my musical only reflects that.

All I have to say is Thank you Keanu!

 

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What Really Makes Keanu Happy?

We are all aware that sandwiches don’t make Keanu happy but that leaves the question…what makes him happy?

As we see in this image it goes from being bummed about his sandwich to being, ok with some juice and looking semi satisfied with his cupcake. What is the one super food that gets him smiling? Is it steak or a nice taco salad?

Maybe it’s just a nice slice of NYC Pizza to put a smile on his face. Or perhaps a Birthday cake with his face on smattered in icing to crack a grimace across his vacant gaze.

 

 

Maybe it’s not food that makes him happy. Maybe it’s just something as simple as running through an open field with a friend. How could you be sad about that? Oh, wait! Look at his face…HE’S HAPPY! HE’S REALLY HAPPY!

So, everyone please have a Happy Friday and Enjoy your weekend everyone!!!

Keanu! The National Treasure

Thank you South Park for understanding the magic and power of Keanu Reeves.

Synopsis of the “Best Friend Forever” Episode:  In Heaven, Kenny learns that God created the PSP to search for the person who can command his legions against the forces of Hell in a manner like that of the video game. They need someone skilled enough to defeat an army of 10 billion damned souls with only 10 thousand troops. Basically, he is “Keanu Reeves”.

Michael (Archangel): Basically, Kenny, you…are Keanu Reeves.

Need a fun Keanu laugh. This is it!

True Magic

Keanu! The Musical Table reading Cast:

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Front Row: Matt Jackson, Monica Leong, Matt McMonagle, David Carr Berry, Max McCal, Laura Lahti, Adam Amler, Adam Van Derr Veer, and ME-Stacie Sells. Back Row: Andrew Rahman and Kevin VanScoder

This picture explains it all. The excitement. The Fun. And the shock at how great the response I got from the cast and the audience. You have no idea the joy a writer gets when they hear their words spoken. It was scary and exciting at the same time, leaving my face looking like that in the picture for most of the reading. And where to begin with the actors? I was so thrilled with my cast. They absolutely killed it and I could not have done it with out them!!!  It’s amazing how much they brought life into the characters and in ways I never would have expected or guessed. BIG THANKS TO THEM!

Also this reading was the first time sound and visuals were included by Andrew Rahman. It brought the musical to a whole new level and I can’t wait to work with him more.  And as always must give props to the great narrator, Kevin VanScoder making sure the audience could visualize the setting and scenes during the table reading.

There will be more pictures to come from the reading but right now I just want to SHOUT FROM THE ROOF TOPS how amazingly, magical the reading was and I can’t wait to take my notes and make this play even better!

I can’t believe my musical baby is growing up so fast!

 

It’s Here!!!!

Don’t have any plans tonight? Well, now you do!

Come to the first EVER Keanu! The Musical Table Reading in San Francisco!

Where? Ninth Street Independent Film Center

When? TODAY, Saturday June 21st—- 7-10 PM

Who? Me, Stacie Sells and a group of her amazingly talented friends reading

Why?  Because why the hell not! AND because of this:

keanuKeanu, I’m just giving you what you want!

 

One More Sleep Until Keanu!

I can’t believe it’s almost here!

The first EVER Keanu! The Musical Table Reading in beautiful San Francisco!

I’m thrilled that I get to work with so many talented people and can not wait to see how they bring these characters to life!

Here’s a little scoop about this fantastic cast:

DCB David Carr Berry (aka KEANU): The moment I met DCB, I wanted to be his friend. There was some mysterious element to him that I wanted to figure out. The more I investigated the more we became friends and I saw the good natured, intelligent, funny individual he is. Becoming his friend didn’t break the magic of his mystery and maybe that’s why he makes the perfect Keanu. Come see for yourself on Saturday!

Max

 Max McCal (aka GHOST PATRICK SWAYZE): Max is one of the funniest people I know and it only makes sense that he is part of one of the best improv groups in San Francisco, EndGames Improv. When I was introduced to Max we had an instant bond of ridiculousness and just wanting to make people laugh. We could honestly joke back and forth for days, nights, and maybe years. But we probably shouldn’t because it might end the world with too much funny. I know Max is going to bring a fun element to this reading and his performances are not to be missed. HE’S PLAYING GHOST PATRICK SWAYZE for christ sake!!!

Laura

Laura Lahti (aka SANDRA BULLOCK):  Laura is pretty much a bad-ass. She is able to juggle a lot all at once but always knows how to let loose and have a good time. I’m thrilled this wonderfully, talented woman is part of the cast  and I know she’ll bring the sassa-tude needed for good ole Sandra Bullock. Come see for yourself!

 

Matt

Matt McMonagle (aka BILL): I don’t even know how to describe the awesome-ness of Matt. He’s just too awesome for any kind of words known in the English language. We instantly became best buds the moment we met and I’m pretty sure we are long lost siblings. Matt is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet and always smiling. Whenever I’m having an off day he always cheers me up. He’s guaranteed to cheer you up too with his Most Triumphant performance of Bill! Just wait and see.

adamAdam Amler (aka Crispen Glover, The Devil, Dustin Hoffman): Adam was one of my first friends when I moved here 3 years ago from Ohio. He’s one of my best buds, always making me laugh and going on random fantastic adventures. We also like to get highly caffeinated and watch tv shows, which is all I really require in a friend. Adam is amazing and one of the most talented musicians/songwriters I know. Come see him on Saturday and see for yourself.

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Matt Jackson (aka Christopher Lloyd, Gary Buesy, Jeff Daniels, Al Pacino, Kevin Bacon): The moment I met Matt I liked him. He’s always seems to be having a great time no matter where he’s and always happy to see you. He’s got great energy and just wait until you hear his Gary Buesy impression! I’m so happy he’s reading and he’ll bring the fun for sure!

Monica

Monica Leong (aka George Carlin, Shia LaBeouf, Laurence Fishburne, River Phoenix):  Monica is my nerd counterpart and can geek out with me at a moments notice. Monica is not only a nerd but also a cool, creative cat lady, which probably also helps in our friendship. I’m ecstatic she’s a part of the reading and think she’ll really bring out the magic in her characters. Get reading. It’s gonna be a wild and crazy ride!

 

Adam V Adam Van Der Veer (aka Rachel Weisz, Carrie Anne Moss, Charlize Theron, The Maid):  I consistently saw Adam every morning at the coffee shop I worked at, both of us still sleepy from lack of caffeine. Adam is an awesome talented person and has a cat named David Duchovny. What else is there to say? Come see him perform these lovely ladies on Saturday. You won’t be disappointed. Promise.

Kevin

Kevin VanScoder (aka The Narrator): Yes, he has some resemblance to Jeff Goldblum and Yes, he may be my husband but just wait until you hear him read the action points in the script. You’ll be impressed. Kevin is amazing and I’m not just saying it because we’re married. He’s a talented film maker and creative poet. He’s also the best partner a girl could ask for putting up with my Keanu obsession for the past few years. Come hear his soothing voice on Saturday and enjoy!

Andrew Andrew Rahman (aka The Music Guy):  I’m excited to have Andrew be part of this table reading doing live music and videos the entire time. We’ve been working for months on sound and songs and we can’t wait for you to hear them. He’s so talented and I’m honored to have him helping me on this musical! Come hear him and the sounds he’s created on Saturday!

It should be a MOST EXCELLENT TIME!

 

 

2 Days…..

The Keanu! The Musical San Francisco Table Reading is almost here. It’s so close I can taste it!

We all know Keanu Reeves has worked with many legendary actors and directors on multiple occasions through out his career. It only made sense to replicate that consistency with my cast and bring in my ever so talented friends.

What is a table reading you might ask?

A table reading is when a production organizes a reading around a table of the script by actors but only the speaking parts. It also helps the director/writer make notes on areas that might need work. It’s not only a helpful exercise but a more relaxed feel, where we can let loose and have a little fun.

My cast of friends range from Improv Super stars, Imaginative Directors, Magical Musicians and Nerd/Food Scientists! Who could ask for more? This colorful cast of characters I’m proud to call my friends. I’m thrilled and excited to hear how they will breathe life into their characters and how it’ll shape the show!

A Table Reading is Coming…

There is a mere 3 days to the first EVER Keanu! The Musical SF Table Reading.

Who’s excited!?! Are you excited? I know I am!

But if you still need convincing here’s a little treat, another song by my amazingly talented friend Ryan Eilbeck!

Now without further ado, “My Own Private River”

 

4 Days Until the SF Table Reading!

Just a mere 4 Days left until the San Francisco Keanu! The Musical Table Reading!!! It’s getting so close you can taste it!

To wet you whistle here’s your fun fact for the day!

Did you know Bill and Ted had a cartoon series? Yeah, it was pretty terrible but had a most excellent theme song!

Also Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter (aka Bill), and George Carlin all did their character voices for the cartoon as well.

Hope you have a TUBULAR TUESDAY! 

Enjoy!