Palisades Park the Musical was written by Mark Fabian as an ecstatic ride down memory lane through the lens of the last summer at Palisades Amusement Park in 1971. It’s reminiscent of everyone’s favorite music from the last decade of the park’s existence with a cast of characters who all seem somehow familiar to all of us.
What better way for this exciting new Broadway-bound musical to continue on its journey than with the help of those who know and love Palisades Park the most! This is where the Own a Piece of Palisades Park crowdfunding campaign was born. It not only gives people the opportunity to watch the final stages of the musical’s development, but it also gives people the opportunity to donate in a way that if the musical becomes profitable, the profits will be shared with all who donated to make it happen! A collective community investment to further preserve and celebrate the memory of this special place. Come join us in owning a piece of Palisades Park (The Musical!).
This is the first stage of our crowdfunding campaign. Some of you have found us because of Cousin Brucie's Palisades Park Reunion which was our launching platform for both this campaign and for the wonderful Tell YOUR Palisades Park Story! (The Palisades Park Video Archive) project. Some of you have found us from PalisadesPark.com - a site dedicated to the park, created and managed by one of the most significant forces behind preserving the memory of all things Palisades Park: Vince Gargiulo (who is also a partner in this campaign). And some of you are here because you realize this project is not just about the thousands of people who still celebrate their memories of Palisades Park, but also have their own now-no-longer-amusement-park nostalgia which this project also identifies with and celebrates the memory of. Regardless of where you've come from, we are grateful you are here and can't wait to share more and more of the progress we make with your gracious investment.
Where the money goes:
The development of a musical takes a lot of time and usually a pretty large team. Mark Fabian (writer & composer) met Charles Czarnecki (executive producer & music director) a number of years ago and they started collaborating on Palisades Park to further develop Mark's script and music. They're now at the stage where the first stage of a full score (a fleshed out piano part with full vocal arrangements which we'd call in the industry a Piano/Vocal score) is needed as well as some additional script refinement with a dramaturg and upgrading the now quite old demos of the existing songs. We have the resources to get all of this done on the highest level through Mark and Charles's resources in the industry, but it takes some time and money to accomplish. These are the components needed to present the project to the many influential people who have already taken interest in the project but await a refined presentation of it to secure further investment and the possibility for a first production (which we hope to do very close to the original site of the park - Bergen Performing Arts Center) which we will use as a launching point for a Broadway production or Movie-Musical. There will be additional fundraising campaigns which will follow, but when we raise the needed $15,000 for this stage, we will be able to:
1) generate a full Piano/Vocal Score of the musical
2) create new demo recordings to present musical highlights of the piece
3) hire our favorite dramaturg to further refine the existing script
4) officially engage with cast members and confirm additional creative team members (production design & director)
We're SO EXCITED to get started and we CAN'T WAIT to share our rapid progress with you! Thank you for being part of this joyful, positive, and nostalgic project. We're DEEPLY GRATEFUL for your support to come join us in owning a piece of Palisades Park (The Musical!).