"Pretty People Suck" at the MN Fringe

UPDATE: We did it! All donations from here on out will go towards the cost of having a videographer record the show. Thanks everyone for your help. Let's keep it going!

The first week of August, a new musical "Pretty People Suck! and Other Indisputable Facts About the Universe" will make its world debut at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The musical tackles these themes and more, with words and music by BMI Musical Theater Workshop Alums Patrick Gallagher, Noah A Aronson and William TN Hall.

I (Patrick) am directing and producing this musical myself. No matter what, it's going up the first week of August. And now I'm asking you for your help.

Currently we have a budget $8,000.00 for this production and are aiming to crowdfund half that amount. Everyone involved in this production is being compensated, including all the actors, the stage manager, the music director, and the writers (other than Patrick). Your money would go towards the following:

Rehearsal Space
Technical elements for the show, including sound amplification and projections
Rehearsal time with the musicians
Miscellaneous expenses

If we manage to raise significantly more, all excess funds will go towards recording the show. If we reach that stretch goal, anyone who donates $100.00 or more will receive a digital copy of the album for free.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Patrick Gallagher via the contact button on this page. Also be sure to check back at this page for regular updates and more information.

About Pretty People Suck:

Does our modern world, with technology that provides near constant connection to friends old and new, actually make us lonelier?

Is the Millennial generation, told from birth to pursue the career that makes them happy and fulfilled, set up for failure or for an unachievable goal?

Music direction by Desdamona Racheli, stagemanaged by Allie Cleary.

Songs from this show include:
The Facebook Song
Pretty People Suck
The Twitter Song
Choose to Be Happy
Burn This City to the Ground
The Tinder Song
People Need Connection
I Could Tell You

The show will be performed at the Playwright's Center at 2301 Seward Avenue on the following dates:
Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 3 at 5:30 PM
Thursday August 7 at 7:00 PM
Friday August 8 at 4:00 PM
Sunday August 10 at 7:00 PM

It features a cast of talented Minnesota-based artists, including:

Ashley Braxton

Shawn Chromey-Daniels

Johna Miller

Johna Miller is making her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut in Pretty People Suck. Upcoming for Johna is a national tour of Jekyll and Hyde. Other credits include: Candide (Skylark Opera), Manon Lescaut (Minnesota Opera), Christmas & Cold Feet (Seasons Dinner Theatre), and Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera). Ms. Miller lives with her husband, Nathan, in Minneapolis.

Kameron Nelson

Lizzie Rainville

Lizzie Rainville is originally from Minnetonka, MN. She is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre. This past year she played Lisa in Falling and Fred's Wife/Ghost of Christmas Past at Meadow Brook Theatre. She also appeared in Maryanne in Tartuffe: The Southern Version at Pioneer Playhouse and Queen Genevieve in Camp Creamery's production of: Merlin's Apprentice and The Deadly Dragon for The Old Creamery Theatre. Her favorite roles in college were Doralee Rhoades in 9 to 5 and Mrs. Farley in Playhouse Creatures. Sending love, as always, to her friends and family. www.lizzierainville.com

Franklin Wagner

About the writers:

Noah A Aronson (Composer)

Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. While studying Piano and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music, Noah simultaneously held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts; teaching and composing a wide-array of new liturgical works. Noah conducted the Manhattan HaZamir Choir from 2[phone redacted] and his choral music received an honorable mention in the 2009 GTM Young Composer’s Contest. Noah released his first solo Jewish album in May 2011 and the title song ‘Am I Awake’ was a winner in the NewVoices song competition in July 2011.

Noah’s latest project ‘Left Side of the Page’ sets to music some of the poetic selections from the Mishkan Tefilah Prayer Book. He had the distinct honor of presenting music from this project at the 2013 URJ Biennial as he lead a community of over 5000 people in Shabbat prayer.

Noah’s music is now sung in progressive communities worldwide and has been included as part of the cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

Visit NoahAronson.com for more information.

William TN Hall (Composer)

William is a composer, arranger, music director and performer in New York City. He has contributed music to two musicals currently available for licensing: Methtacular! (TIME Out New York Critic's Pick) and Songs for a More Funnier World (NYMF Award Winner)

He is currently writing two original musicals with colleagues from the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writers Workshop. He has written incidental music for numerous plays and is the resident composer of the American Bard Theatre Company. William was recently asked to write special material for Tony award winner Nikki M. James’ one woman show.

When not writing William music directs and arranges for nightlife and cabaret stars including drag superstar and RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner Sharon Needles. He is also pianist to the legendary Joan Rivers at her New York engagements. William is a two time MAC nominee for best nightlife entertainer. More info at www.williamtnhall.com.

Patrick Gallagher (Book and Lyrics)

Patrick Gallagher makes his Minnesota debut as a writer with "Pretty People Suck." He is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts where he studied musical theater performance at CAP21. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Writers Advanced workshop. He has written nine full length musicals, about two and a half of which were any good. He is currently working on several more, with the goal of improving that percentage. He is desperately in need of a headshot and website.
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