The Origin & transformation

How the musical came to (un)life and its creative journey.

October 25, 2013
October 27, 2013
October 3, 2014
June 3, 2018
When the Shenanigans Begin Again online cabaret poster
June 3, 2018

When the Shenanigans Begin Again on Facebook Live

In June 2018, I attempted something very bold and innovative. I performed the world's first? online cabaret live from my living room in Harlem, NYC and broadcast via Facebook Live. And, it was an absolute fiasco. Instead of starting small, I reached for the stars. And while all elements to create the audio and video for the show were things I've been doing for years, broadcasting itself was something I took for granted. I knew there would be latency--that I would be ahead of the audience--thus communication via chat would be delayed. We fought to remove the echo that was traumatizing me in our studio and won that battle. But we had no idea that the sound and audio were completely off. Either the computer or software couldn't handle greenscreen, overlay, two cameras, music tracks, and a microphone all at once. (At least the effect of duplicating the camera to create my own back up dancers worked). I was and may always be mortified. But I performed the title song, "Better Be Afraid of Me", and the opening of the musical, "It's a Dangerous World". With the latter, I came up with my own way of doing a workshop performance, so the audience could visualize things. I included visuals of text from the script and made paper dolls for each character to loosely animate the action.

May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020

Second Demo and real life events

I released a demo for another instrumental piece in the show. This would also be a good time to share how real life events were making me want to continue the long marinating of the show before continuing official rewrites. I had felt that the story world was potentially too ridiculous until the Trump Presidency made the story word seem incredibly quaint. Additionally, during the Covid-19 pandemic came an even deeper understanding of the issues facing BIPOC and transgender people thanks to the incredible documentary, Disclosure, the racial reckoning . I would need distance and more wisdom to continue writing this piece,

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