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Let's Make A Musical

English, Performing arts, 1 season, 28 episodes, 10 hours, 49 minutes
Want an inside look at how musicals are written? Join Denver and Brian on this weekly podcast that documents the creation of a 45-minute musical from scratch. If you’re a teacher, actor, director, writer, or just a fan of Broadway musical theatre - subscribe and join the fun! New episodes released every Tuesday. Produced by Beat by Beat Press, the world’s fastest growing publisher of new musicals for young actors (
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EP 27: Studio Recordings and Publication

Listen to the final studio recordings of PRESS START as Denver and Brian narrate the last chapter of creating this original musical.
1/6/201651 minutes, 49 seconds
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EP 26: LIVE Full Read-Through of PRESS START!

Listen to Denver and Brian read and sing through the entire 45-minute first draft of PRESS START!
9/29/201553 minutes, 21 seconds
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EP 25: Script Adjustments Before First Read-Through

Brian and Denver prepare the script for a full live read-through to be published next week!
9/18/201519 minutes, 19 seconds
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EP 24: The Hero Song and Sidekick Song

  Brian and Denver are back with completed drafts of the hero song and the sidekick song. 
8/11/201521 minutes, 1 second
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Baby Update

Brian gives an update on the reason for the brief hiatus.  
7/22/20151 minute, 7 seconds
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EP 23: 8-Bit Opening Number Goodness

Listen to a draft of the opening number orchestrated with 8-bit synthesizers, plus Brian and Denver chat about updates they've been making throughout the script.
7/7/201520 minutes, 37 seconds
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EP 22: First Draft? Done.

Brian and Denver talk through some news scenes as they complete the first draft of the show.
6/30/201523 minutes, 57 seconds
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EP 21: Update on Script Work

Revising Scene 2, adding a new character, and fleshing out Off-Camera Moment #3.
6/24/201513 minutes, 3 seconds
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EP 20: Working Out Scene 2

Working out the new Scene 2 in which the characters come up with the idea to put on a musical fundraiser.
6/16/201516 minutes, 7 seconds
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EP 19: Let's Talk About "Tut, Tut!"

Denver chats about another musical in development at Beat by Beat, TUT, TUT!, plays some exclusive musical clips from the show.
6/10/201513 minutes, 37 seconds
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EP 18: Short Update on Script Work

Denver gives an update on a new show element and a small adjustment to Toadstool's heroic moment.
6/2/20159 minutes, 27 seconds
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EP 17: Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

Inspired by Red Nose Day, Denver and Brian rewrite the outline and clarify the message of the show.
5/26/201530 minutes, 45 seconds
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EP 16: The Heroes' First Number

Brian and Denver talk through their process of creating the first hero song. 
5/19/201521 minutes, 9 seconds
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EP 15: The Villain Song and New Sidekicks

Listen to the first draft of the Villain Song and the new Sidekick characters. Plus, writer's block!
5/12/201519 minutes, 25 seconds
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EP 14: A New Opening Number

Listen to a live performance of the complete opening number by Denver and Brian. Plus a chat about all 18 characters in the show, and writer's block!
5/5/201524 minutes, 25 seconds
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EP 13: Pop Music vs. Musical Theatre - What Happened?

Denver and Brian explore how and why musical theatre left the mainstream music scene, plus Denver's experience in Nashville. And how much do lyrics really matter?
4/28/201523 minutes, 48 seconds
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EP 12: The Pac Man Song

Listen to the Pac Man song grow from a few rough lyrics to a full 8-bit vocal recording. Plus a comedy monologue for Karate Guy/Girl.
4/21/201523 minutes, 2 seconds
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EP 11: Pitching the Show to Hollywood Producer Jason Koffeman

Writer and Producer Jason Koffeman listens to Denver and Brian pitch the show so far, gives notes on the outline, and chats about common pitfalls for writers and the importance of respecting the craft.
4/14/201535 minutes, 18 seconds
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EP 10: Deus Ex Machina (say what?)

Listen to a draft of the new opening number, discover how Denver and Brian deal with the deus ex machina (contrived plot device), find out how our video game chararacters struggle in staying relevant and help pick the show's title.
4/7/201521 minutes, 10 seconds
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EP 09: Interview with Writer & Lyricist Betina Hershey

Denver chats with writer and lyricist Betina Hershey about her start as a musical theatre performer, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and her process of writing lyrics.
3/31/201530 minutes, 55 seconds
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EP 08: The Hero Complex and Yes Music Matters

Denver and Brian dig deep into the real reason the heroes need these rings to play on. They also play a full 8-bit version of the Toadstool song, and demonstrate the importance of music in conveying the specific emotion of a character. Finally they give a short preview of the opening number, plus writer's block!
3/24/201522 minutes, 43 seconds
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EP 07: Scenes 1 to 15 plus a Performance of “The Final Level”

A complete scene outline of the show so far, a full performance of the climactic song “The Final Level”, plus Writer’s Block! Also, Denver and Brian announce the winner of the Production Kit Giveaway!
3/17/201521 minutes, 10 seconds
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EP 06: Writing an "I Want" Song and Musical Theatre Lyrics plus New Scenes

Listen to two versions of the protagonists' "I Want" song and give your feedback on which you like best! Plus Denver and Brian chat in detail about writing musical theatre lyrics, plus a preview of a couple new scenes. Let's Make A Musical is a podcast for fans of musical theatre, musicals and Broadway. Produced by Beat by Beat Press (
3/10/201523 minutes, 20 seconds
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EP 05: Scene Breakdown and Video Game Music

The musical continues to evolve as Denver and Brian flesh out the first 8 scenes, plus a short chat about what makes video game music unique. And writer’s block!
3/3/201522 minutes, 38 seconds
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EP 04: Creating a Protagonist and Writing for Young Actors

Denver and Brian flesh out the Toadstool character, plus how to write for young actors. Let's Make A Musical is a podcast for fans of musical theatre, musicals and Broadway. Produced by Beat by Beat Press (  
2/24/201522 minutes, 5 seconds
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EP 03: 8-bit Music, More Characters and Structure

Brian drives the bus on this episode as he and Denver give you a preview of the 8-bit music style they're going for, chat about characters and the overall structure.  Let's Make A Musical is a podcast for fans of musical theatre, musicals and Broadway. Produced by Beat by Beat Press (
2/15/201521 minutes, 13 seconds
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EP 02: Song Ideas, Opening Number and Subplot

In their quest to create a new musical called "Press Start", Denver and Brian chat about fun potential song moments, the opening number, and a potential subplot. Plus, some Broadway trivia facts and a new segment called "Writer's Block"! Let's Make A Musical is a podcast for fans of musical theatre, musicals and Broadway.. Produced by Beat by Beat Press (
2/15/201522 minutes, 25 seconds
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EP 01: What should we write about?

Welcome! In this first episode Denver and Brian talk about how they came up with the idea of their new musical, and what this podcast is all about.  Let's Make A Musical is a podcast for fans of musical theatre, musicals and Broadway. Produced by Beat by Beat Press (
2/14/201520 minutes, 58 seconds