My pride and joy is my most wickedly funny creation, CUTS: An Uplifting Musical, a parody revue that spares no cosmetic procedure and no musical genre in its scalpel-sharp dissection of our obsession with youth and beauty. Conceived to help us laugh at our vanity, it skewers everything from plastic surgery to creams that don’t work to fad diets, hair transplants, mommy makeovers, penis enlargement, Brazilian bikini waxes—all in numerous irreverent sketches and 25 hilarious songs with parody lyrics. A developmental lab production recently played to sold-out houses at The York Theatre, the only theater in New York City dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. We are moving forward toward a fully realized production and are currently accepting investors and/or additional producers. Be a part of it.
What gives CUTS its hit potential—besides the familiarity of the tunes and the wit of the lyrics—is its timeliness and broad appeal. Last year Americans spent $11 billion on cosmetic procedures. You can’t go online or pick up a magazine or newspaper without being bombarded with stories about celebrity plastic surgery, the latest wrinkle cream, women cutting off their toes to fit into their Jimmy Choo shoes, or men having lipo to sculpt their 6-pack abs! CUTS has something for everyone who’s ever looked in the mirror and thought “Hmmm….” And this means male and female, old and young, gay and straight. In our age of photo-shopped images and the quick fix, whether you’re for plastic surgery or against it or are still on the fence, everyone has an opinion about “a little work.” learn more
In addition to spot-on parodies—for which we already have preliminary approval from music publishers—CUTS has several original songs with music by award-winning singer/songwriter Johnny Rodgers. Mark Waldrop, of When Pigs Fly fame and one of the most sought-after directors of musical revues, directed the developmental lab production at The York Theatre and is on board to direct.
CUTS currently runs 75 minutes without an intermission, and will likely run 90 minutes in its final form. Easily and economically produced, it has a five-person cast—three women and two men—all of whom play multiple characters. All the action takes place on a bare stage, with minimal props and costumes. Musical accompaniment can be provided by piano alone or a small combo. learn more