by Josh Canfield
The first question I almost always get is “Why zombies?” It’s a fair question. The reason is probably not what you’d expect. I wrote the first song from the show about a boyfriend I had. The song was about a human falling in love with a zombie, and he was the zombie. The analogy helped me get my feelings out at a time where I wasn’t fully sure I was ready to fall in love with a “zombie.” The analogy took hold and from their I expanded the story and characters until it became a full length musical with 16 songs.
When I was initially writing the show, I had my sights set on the New York Musical Festival. I had seen a few shows at the festival and knew that it would be the perfect place to debut Alive! Of course, that’s harder said than done. I submitted two times before this third try, but with persistence, being open to change, and bringing on the right people to work with, my dream became a reality.
The process to get the show to a full production this summer is overwhelming and exciting all in the same breath. I’m having so much fun working on bringing the right team to lead this show. Already on board is Kaitlin Shaw as casting director (Tara Rubin Casting) and Taylor Peckham as Music Director (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical). The part that’s difficult is the raising of funds. It costs roughly $80,000 to put this whole thing on at NYMF. It’s an overwhelming number for a new writer/producer. I’m currently looking for producers, investors and donations to help make this show a success at the festival and beyond.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that my show would be chosen as one of twelve to represent new musicals in New York this year. I love being able to work on a show solely as the writer, since I’m usually on the acting side of things. Currently, I’m on tour with Falsettos, so it’s a little crazy trying to get ready for Alive! while I’m not in New York City, but thankfully I have amazing people around me that are helping and supporting me (I”m looking at you Hunter Ryan Herdlicka).