BLEEDING LOVE, the first musical theater podcast to be recorded and released during quarantine, celebrates its one-year anniversary and over 20,000 downloads. In March and April 2020, the Broadway Podcast Network, Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Kent Nicholson, Katie Rosin, and Steve Saporito, produced BLEEDING LOVE, directed and edited by Harris Doran. With book and story by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, and lyrics by Harris Doran, BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world that is too dangerous to go outside, where a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. A twisted musical with a good, pure heart.
Just as BLEEDING LOVE takes place in a world where people are locked in because it’s too dangerous to go outside, the podcast was recorded by actors in their apartments, in a world where it was too dangerous to go outside.
From climate change to the political divide to COVID-19, the themes of BLEEDING LOVE have striking resonance.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has grown so dangerous that parents won’t let their children outside, a sequestered teen cellist named Bronwyn is kept home by her bedridden, overprotective aunt, Madame Floy. Bronwyn spends her days practicing cello by the window, dreaming of the world outside. Only no one ever passes by.
The building is protected by the gun-obsessed Super who is determined to keep intruders out, so the tragedy that happened to his wife never again occurs. His son, Sweet William, spends his days smitten with Bronwyn, who barely notices him.
One day, while staring out her window, Bronwyn notices the arrival of a punk named Puppy and his dominating girlfriend Lolli. Lolli rejects Puppy telling him to prove his love to her by getting her a rose. Bronwyn pities Puppy and determines to find a way to get him a real, live rose. Only problem is… nothing grows anymore.
BLEEDING LOVE is a story of hope. Even in a world that is overwhelmingly dark, one small person can change the world and overcome the darkness.
he podcast stars Annie Golden (Hair, The Full Monty, Xanadu) as Madame Floy, Drama Desk Nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!, American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Lolli, Tony Nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl from the North Country, The Great Society, Finding Neverland) as The Super, Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to God, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Bronwyn, Taylor Trensch (To Kill a Mockingbird, Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen) as Sweet William, and Tony Vincent (Rocktopia, American Idiot, Rent) as Puppy.
Song recordings produced by Søren Møller of the Fredericia Teater and orchestrated by Tony Award-winner Bruce Coughlin. Sound mixing and design by Emmy award-winner Ric Schnupp (Midsommar, Free Solo).
The Podcast is available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.
ARTHUR LAFRENTZ BACON (Music) Arthur recently composed the music for the musicals A Hero’s Tale and Wasp Woman. He composed the music for the musical Bleeding Love (NAMT). Other musicals Arthur has composed include the rock/R&B musical Salvage (O’Neill NMTC Finalist) and Billy Sleepyhead (Center Stage). Arthur has written hit songs for Joey Lawrence, Marion Raven, and the Latin supergroup CD9. Arthur has appeared on TV as a member of the “Groovy Little Band” on The Caroline Rhea Show on NBC. He also has written music for over 100 national television and radio commercial spots and has won two Clio Awards for Best Original Music. He currently has 2 singles out by recording artist Jackson Penn. as well as songs for the upcoming Spencer Lee Band album (Universal/Republic Records).
HARRIS DORAN (Lyrics/Director) is a writer, director, producer and actor who wrote book and lyrics for the musicals Wasp Woman and the rock/R&B musical Salvage. He wrote, conceived and produced the political concert Broadway Blue Wave For NY directed by Rachel Chavkin, starring Taylor Shilling, Edie Falco, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, et al. Harris is filmmaker whose film Beauty Mark won awards at festivals including LA Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and he was shortlisted for the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards’ Someone to Watch Award, and the film/theatre hybrid I See You and You See Me for Queens Theatre. His short film The Story of Milo & Annie featuring Alysia Reiner and Cathy Moriarty won the Indie Memphis Film Festival and he produced the short film Photo Op directed by Dave Salomon and starring Randy Harrison which won best LGBTQ short in SENE, and he was a writer on the Lifetime series I Love You But I Lied. Harris is an award-winning actor who has been seen in projects ranging from Claude in the Actors Fund concert of Hair to TV to indies including the Sundance premiering My Best Day. Harris trained as an actor at The Juilliard School, is an acting coach, and a professor in Columbia University’s MFA film program. He is currently in pre-production for his next film Atticus Brown Is Still Here. harrisdoran.com
JASON SCHAFER (Book/Story) wrote the acclaimed indie hit Trick (Fine Line Features), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition to being a staff writer and co-producer for Showtime’s GLAAD Media Award-winning Queer As Folk, Jason has written for Warner Bros., Paramount, ABC and Fox Television. Works for the stage: Bleeding Love (Fredericia Teater, Denmark, NAMT), I Google Myself (Theatre Askew, GLAAD nomination) and Notes on the Land of Earthquake & Fire (Fringe NYC Playwrighting Award). He is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Television Program at LaGuardia Community College.
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