Overview
I’M THE GREATEST STAR! is a musical examination of the all-American art-form: Musical Theater. Robert Viagas’ stunning book is an engrossing tome, and now a lively and edu-taining musical revue. Conceived & Directed by multi-talented Bob Spiotto, a group of talented performers bring to life some of Broadway’s greatest musical moments while paying homage to the artists who defined them. Viagas was called “encyclopedic:” by the New York Times’ Cybertimes regarding his acumen on musical theater,

Short Summary

I’M THE GREATEST STAR, the very new, very Broadway, Broadway Musical Revue will be unveiled, in an abbreviated form, in late 2019/early 2020.   The presentation, which will be offered to entertainment and industry professionals, as well as all donors, will take place at the legendary Friars Club (NYC).

In the tradition of the old “backstage” musical, a group of young fans stand outside a stage door at some unknown Broadway house waiting for the “stars” to exit the building and enter their lives. In the meantime, they reminisce about those great luminaries and the great work they’ve done for more than 100 years. These young triple-threats (actor/singer/dancer) summon the words, music, and memories of everyone from George M. Cohan to Nathan Lane; from Fanny Brice to Audra McDonald by offering unique versions of memorable, signature songs and unforgettable, classic standards. Every song a showstopper and every word a gem.

 

What We Need & What You Get

While this abbreviated version is designed to introduce the work and offer some exciting highlights, there are still several basic costs directly related to this presentation that must be considered:

  • Song licensing (where applicable)
  • Auditions & Casting
  • Crew Hiring and Retention:
    • Director
    • Musical Director/Arranger
    • Stage Manager and other Staff/Crew
    • Rehearsal Space
    • Marketing & Promotion
    • Other Functionary Costs

 

The Impact

Ask your friends, family, colleagues, students:  “Who were George M. Cohan, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Danny Kaye, Marilyn Miller, Fred & Adele Astaire, Ethel Merman, Jerry Orbach?” And “who are Chita Rivera and Angela Lansbury, Tommy Tune, Julie Andrews, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, and Brain Stokes Mitchell?”

How many “I don’t knows” did you get? 

Need we say more? 

This unique, very musical, musical revue, celebrates 40 of the greatest stars in Broadway history.   The show fulfills our promise: that these stars, and the music they lovingly brought to life, will never be forgotten.

The fully produced and available version of the show can also become:

  • A lively and important part of a theatrical season or theater program at a school or university.
  • surefire and very flexible, portable, fundraiser
  • A long-running, seasonal hit

 

Risks & Challenges

NO RISKS … at the present. But with NO risks, perhaps no rewards either.

THE CHALLENGE:  to generate interest and needed funds allowing us to fully produce this worthwhile and necessary musical theater edu-tainment, and place it in an Off-Broadway theater or musical cabaret venue, and let it run … AND run … AND run … AND influence generations to come by reminding us how and when Broadway set the standard for, and truly became … well … Broadway!

Won’t you please help us with your tax deductible contribution? (some restrictions apply)

To show our appreciation, we will:

  • PROUDLY & PROMINENTLY display your name through proper signage
    • AT THE SHOWCASE 
    • IN THE PROGRAM
    • ON ALL PROMOTION INCLUDING WEBSITE
  • PROVIDE VIP invites to the showcase event as well as prime seating.

For additional information, questions,  GreatestStarMusical@gmail.com

About the Author of the Book

for which the musical revue is based: Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas is a librettist, author, journalist, lecturer, and teacher with more than thirty-five years’ experience, most of it working on Broadway with Playbill Inc., the iconic theatre program company. The founding editor of Playbill.com, Playbill’s theatre news website, Viagas has published 19 books on the performing arts, and was trained as a librettist in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He enjoyed the rare honor of serving on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards 2012-14.

His 2009 book I’m the Greatest Star! (Applause) contained biographies of the 40 people he considers the most brilliant stars of Broadway musical history, from George M. Cohan and Fanny Brice to today’s Nathan Lane and Sutton Foster.

Among Viagas’ other librettos are City of Light with Beverly Ross, and In a Perfect World with Rebecca Yanes and Larry Spivack. Viagas frequently appears at libraries and universities performing one of his two solo shows, “The Ten Secrets of Broadway” and “The Haunted Theatres of Broadway.”

Playbill placed extraordinary responsibility in Viagas’ hands during the past 25 years to spearhead virtually all of that company’s new projects, notably the widely used and cited theatre news site, Playbill.com, for which Viagas served as founding editor. In addition to Playbill Radio, Viagas also founded Playbill Books (including the Playbill Broadway Yearbook series).

Viagas was a pioneer broadcaster on satellite radio. In 2002 he began hosting “Radio Playbill,” a program of news and recordings that was part of the original content offered at the premiere of the Broadway Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio (now SiriusXM). He later hosted Playbill Radio, a 24-hour web radio service that drew on more than 20,000 tracks that Viagas assembled. Viagas also was asked by Sony to supply liner notes for the special 40th anniversary re-release of the original cast album of the classic A Chorus Line.

Viagas took over writing and editing Playbill’s “At This Theatre” column from its founder Louis Botto (later published as a book), hosted the Tony Awards webcasts from 2002 to 2008, and produced the special Tony Awards Playbill each year from 2002 to 2012, and again in 2015.

Among his other books, Viagas was chosen by the original cast of A Chorus Line to tell their story in On the Line: The Creation of “A Chorus Line” (Morrow) and by the creators of the original The Fantasticks to tell their story in “The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks” (Citadel). He wrote liner notes for the 40th anniversary re-release of the A Chorus Line original cast album.

When it comes to the difficult area of collaboration he literally wrote the book on it—The Alchemy of Theatre (Applause Books), consisting of essays on collaboration, in which he worked with the likes of Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera and others to codify how one collaborates in the world of theatre. The roll-out book-signing event sold out the 92nd Street Y in 2006.

A professor of theatre at Five Towns College on Long Island, he has taught journalism at Fairfield University and lectured at Hofstra, CCNY and Harvard.

JOIN US!

  • Are you – or do you know – any talented young singers?
  • Are you involved with any music publishing company?
  • Do you work with/for any theatre arts news site or publication?
  • OR DO YOU JUST WANT TO SUPPORT GREAT MUSICAL THEATRE?

Call us. 

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