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SPEAKEASY - a new musical

A project in by Danny Ashkenasi

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A rollicking musical joining Roaring Twenties Queer NYC with Lewis Carroll's Alice books - performing Feb/Mar 2016.
Backers: 142
Average Pledge Per Backer: $101

Funded: $14,305 of $13,500
Dates: Nov 16th -> Dec 22nd (37 days)
Project By: Danny Ashkenasi
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Latest News


December 19th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, It has happened! At 1:57 pm EST, Saturday, December 19, 2015, the Speakeasy Kickstarter campaign reached its fundraising goal, with 70 hours left in the campaign! Thank you all, every one of you, for your support, which... (Read More)

Speakeasy Poster Design Art!

December 17th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, Today we reveal the poster/postcard art for the February/March showcase run of "Speakeasy".  In fact there are twin designs, as I explain in this post on "Notes from a Composer":... (Read More)

Another design sneak peek

December 15th - via:
Here's another detail from the upcoming unveiling of the Speakeasy poster and postcard designs (remember we posted a detail of a hand and top hat two weeks ago). It is a look at the graphic representation of the title letters. The artist is Derk... (Read More)

Kickstarter Rewards article reprinted

December 12th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, The article I posted about our Speakeasy Kickstarter rewards has been reposted. In the online magazine "Rewards and Relationship Management". Right across from the article about Krispy Kreme targeting Doughnut Lovers with a... (Read More)

New Speakeasy related Post on "Notes from a Composer"

December 11th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, I just posted this article on "Notes from a Composer": “CAROL” & THERESE – “SPEAKEASY” & JANE – stories from the time when lesbian love dared not say its name It raves about the movie "Carol" and... (Read More)

Woo Hoo!

December 9th - via:
As the Tweedle Sisters say: Woo Hoo! Our 100th backer! 75% funded! 12 days to go! Thank you all, all 100 of you, that got us this far! best, Danny and Ed  (Read More)


December 8th - via:
Thank you everybody who came to the reading tonight. Thank you for your enthusiasm and all the wonderful comments. Thank you to the performers for all their incredible talent and hard work. Much was accomplished and much learned putting together the... (Read More)

Speakeasy Reading Tonight at 7pm - See sneak peek photos of the performers

December 7th - via:
Dear Speakeasiers, Just posted this Sunday on "Notes from a Composer": Sneak Peek Photos of the cast of Monday’s Speakeasy Reading Monday, December 7 at 7pm, we will present the first public performance of “Speakeasy – John and Jane Allison in... (Read More)

Worldwide Support!

December 5th - via:
Hey, Speakeasy Community! Speakeasy has received pledge support from almost every continent on the planet! North America!  South America!  Europe!   Australia!   Asia (Far East and Subcontinent)!  Anybody know anybody in Africa interested in... (Read More)

More Than Halfway There!

December 4th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, Today we reached the halfway mark towards our Kickstarter goal! Woo-hoo! In fact we kind of leaped right over it smack into the 53% mark at this very moment. Even Woo - hoo - ier! Thank you to all of you whose pledges and... (Read More) posts Speakeasy Reading Article

December 3rd - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, has just posted an article about the upcoming Speakeasy reading, December 7, 7pm,  at the Theater for the New City. Check it out here:... (Read More)

New Speakeasy article on the great drag balls of the 1920's / 1930's

December 2nd - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, I just published a new Speakeasy related article on "Notes from a Composer": SPEAKEASY GOES OFF TO THE BALLROOM: The Great Drag Balls of the 1920's / 1930's. It includes a completely new demo track that hadn't been featured... (Read More)

Sneak peak at poster art

December 1st - via:
Below is a small detail from the upcoming poster/postcard art for Speakeasy. Just a small detail, a hint at the full image, which turned out really fabulous. Derk Scholtz is the artist. We'll reveal the complete art soon, and may tease more details... (Read More)

Notes from a Composer goes in depth on our Kickstarter Rewards

November 28th - via:
Dear Speakeasy Community, I just posted an article on "Notes from a Composer" where I describe in detail our variety of Pledge Rewards for Speakeasy, and how some of the more idiosyncratic reward options came to be.... (Read More)


November 26th - via:
Today and Every Day I am Thankful to Everybody Who is Helping to Make S P E A K E A S Y Come Alive with their Good Opinion their Offered Gifts and their Amazing Talents T H A N K   Y O U ! Happy Thanksgiving  (Read More)


November 24th - via:
You are invited to the first public reading of the new musical SPEAKEASY John and Jane Allison in the Wonderland by Danny Ashkenasi December 7, 7pm at the Theater for the New City 1st avenue between 9th and 10th Streets New York City free admission... (Read More)

New Speakeasy related article on "Notes from a Composer"

November 20th - via:
I just posted a new Speakeasy related article on "Notes from a Composer", all about Julian Eltinge, the popular female impersonator of the 1920's and his relation to Julian Carnaton, one of the lead characters in "Speakeasy". Check it out here:... (Read More)

The Opening Night VIP Party!

November 20th - via:
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is official now!  We have our first confirmation of "VIP Invitees" for the Opening Night Soiree for Speakeasy Supporters who chose the "Opening Night VIP Party" pledge level.  Here an excerpt from the rewards section: "THE... (Read More)

Rebecca Cantrell Interview

November 17th - via:
 The bestselling Author Rebecca Cantrell has posted an interview with me about Speakeasy on her blog. In it I reveal some tidbits about Speakeasy and a song demo that had not yet found their way to Notes from a Composer. Read the interview on my... (Read More)

Speakeasy gets picked as New and Noteworthy by Kickstarter Staff

November 17th - via:
Happy and humbled to note that are campaign got a little extra light shone upon it by the staff from Kickstarter.  We are listed a s a staff pick.  Thanks guys!... (Read More)

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