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Subject: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: woops on 01/26/07 at 5:34 pm


Something interesting I found...

Starlight meets -- Deborah Gibson?
Here's a story nobody expected (well, hardly anybody) -- a new musical coming out of the Starlight Theater, and that musical based on the songs of Deborah Gibson.

Electric Youth will open at the Starlight May 5. The writer is Dean Parker, brother to Dori and Drew Parker, the Starlight's owners.

It seems that Gibson has given Dean Parker permission to use her hits from the 1980s. And, Dori Parker says, while Gibson won't be onstage, she's "expressed interest in being a part of our process."

The details I know so far are from the Myspace site of a Los Angeles guy named Jayson Stonne. I'm not sure what his connection is to the project, but here's what he has to say:

In May, 2007, Starlight Theater  will  be the first in the world to showcase a brand-new musical comedy  called Electric Youth. The show is a two-act play highlighted  by the 1980s pop  chart hits of Debbie Gibson. Much like what the Broadway smash Mamma Mia! has done with ABBA's songs, Electric Youth encompasses the  best-known songs of a music icon within the framework of a theme-related comedy  script.

The story follows the adventures of a young  couple  from New York City named Randy and  Tasha, who are recently engaged. The duo travel to the rural community of Fern Hill, Minnesota, to announce the news to Randy's  parents.  Upon their arrival, Randy and Tasha discover that Fern  Hill is facing  bankruptcy, and that the Wilsons are in danger of losing their farm, thanks to the mean-spirited  machinations of wealthy town spinster, Emma Van Horn. Randy and Tasha, because of their experience working in a bank, hatch a plan  to  restore Fern Hill's economy by creating more places in the sleepy town for its local teens to frequent.

When Emma hears of their plans, she convinces her nephew, Keith, a more underhanded specimen than she is, to find  out the specifics, so she can thwart Tasha and Randy's efforts.  Keith finds just such an opportunity when he learns that Randy's  younger sister, Kris, has been harboring a secret crush on him, and uses this to his full  advantage. When Keith meets Tasha, however, he in turn falls madly in love with her, and schemes to drive her and Randy apart.

How Tasha and Randy find their way back to  each other, outwit Emma and Keith, and save Fern Hill, is the  premise  that drives the story of Electric Youth. The musical will feature  fourteen of Debbie Gibson's most-loved songs, including "Electric Youth," "Out  of the Blue," "Only in My Dreams," and "Lost in Your Eyes."

Debbie Gibson emerged as a music protege at the age of four, becoming the youngest recording artist ever to write, sing, and produce all of her own songs. To date, her albums  have sold over 16 million copies in the United States and abroad. Now known world-wide as Deborah Gibson, the former teen recording artist went on to a very successful  career on Broadway, starring in such hit musicals as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and Cabaret.

On television, she has been seen  on Fox's Skating With Celebrities and The Tony Danza Show.  Deborah recently wrote the music and lyrics for two other original  musicals, Skirts and The Flunky. Both are currently  in pre-production and slated to hit Broadway in the coming year.

The book for Electric Youth: the Musical is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based scriptwriter  Dean Parker,  who sent his script to Gibson last summer. After  reading it, Deborah commented that the script was clever, referring to the placement of her songs within the story, and  granted Parker permission to use her music in his show.

The world premiere of Electric Youth is slated to run May  5-13, 2007, at the Starlight Theater, 3376 Edgewater Drive, in Orlando, Florida. Tickets will go on sale later next month. Talent auditions for the show are by appointment only, and will be held on February 19th and 20th at the Starlight. 

For more information, call (407)  843-6275, or log onto www.starlightorlando.com.

I don't know that I'd called Deborah Gibson a "music icon," but I'm not the age group they're looking at.

This is the first I'd heard that she has two shows opening on Broadway next year. (I'll believe that when I see it.)

And I hope I understand that very complicated story!

Nonetheless, this sounds like a project to watch. I admit -- I wouldn't know Debbie Gibson if I tripped over her. But I'm curious.


Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: whistledog on 01/26/07 at 6:00 pm

It worked for Abba (Mamma Mia: The Musical) and Billy Joel (Big Shot: The Musical), so you never know.  This could be a HUGE hit

Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: JamieMcBain on 01/26/07 at 9:32 pm

Sounds intersting.

Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: JamieMcBain on 01/26/07 at 9:44 pm


It worked for Abba (Mamma Mia: The Musical) and Billy Joel (Big Shot: The Musical), so you never know.  This could be a HUGE hit


The Billy Joel musical is called Moving Out, and it was a big hit.

The Who had had a hit musical called Tommy.

Queen also have one called We Will Rock You.

So anything is possible.

Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: whistledog on 01/26/07 at 10:11 pm


The Billy Joel musical is called Moving Out, and it was a big hit.

The Who had had a hit musical called Tommy.

Queen also have one called We Will Rock You.

So anything is possible.


Ah yes Moving Out.  I got confused.  In the promos for it, the cast is singing Big Shot.  lol

Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: woops on 01/26/07 at 10:22 pm




So anything is possible.



Ironically "Anything Is Possible" is the title of Deb's third album  :) :D

Subject: Re: Electric Youth, new musical based on Deborah Gibson

Written By: JamieMcBain on 01/27/07 at 12:06 pm

I kind of knew that...  ;D

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