WHO IS STARKID? If you do not know who they are you must be living under a ROCK! They currently the number 5 selling Album on itunes right now and their download was released less than 48 hours ago (even beating the Warbler's GLEE album sales)! StarKid Productions is production company started by a group of college friends from the University of Michigan's School Of Music. They broke out after their A Very Potter Musical went viral on youtube within days of it's release. With a budget of less than $150 for the project and a kick ass original script and score they were unstoppable. In just two short years, StarKid productions has garnered millions of views on YouTube, a devoted fan-base and tons of media attention! They have taken base in Chicago with the goal of using the Internet as a new outlet for theatre distribution for their original works. Their last production, Starship just had this debut both on the big screen at theatre coast to coast this weekend but has also been posted on youtube for all to see.
So who is behind the scenes at Starkid productions? Well most GLEEKS will be the 1st to tell you that GLEE's own Darren Criss is one of the leading members of the company. He has used his fame gained on GLEE to help get the word out about Starkid to even more. In every interviews he does he makes sure to plug Starkid and you can truly tell this that it is his 1st love. But he is not alone, there are over 35 other actors, writers, directors, producers, and more that make up the team. They are: Julia Albain, Chris Allen, Jaime Lyn Beatty , Tyler Brunsman , Richard Campbell , Britney Coleman, Brant Cox, Denise Donovan, Corey Dorris, Eric Kahn Gale, Arielle Goldman, Ali Gordon, Lisa Griebel, Bonnie Gruesen, Brian Holden, A.J. Holmes, Bruce Kiesling , Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Corey Lubowich, Sarah Petty, Rachael Albert, Lauren Lopez , Devin Lytle, Lily Marks, Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Matathia, Alle-Faye Monka, Joe Moses, Jim Povolo, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Meredith Stepien, Dylan Saunders, Sango Tajima, James Tolbert, Carlos Valdes and Joe Walker.
I would like to personally like thank Starkid for taking musical theatre and reinventing it for my generation and generations to come! I really feel that the Internet is the new extension of live theatre and is such a great outlet for artists to get their work seen so it can get picked up and produced. I look forward to hearing about all your new work for years to come! Click here to go to the official Starship website. Check out Part One of Starship below:
"I Wanna Be"-song from Starship