The LGBTQ musical romantic comedy podcast of your dreams

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The LGBTQ musical romantic comedy podcast of your dreams

Overview

We're here to provide you with the Queer musical romantic comedy podcast you all deserve! With most live productions on hold for the foreseeable future, we wanted to put together a musical experience that keeps the actors and musicians safe and employed and gives you, the audience, an immersive and exciting new musical experience! We present to you The Flame: An Original Musical Audio Drama made for our community, by our community! Finally we can hear an entire musical about two grown women being in love with each other and we’re not talking about Wicked....

 

Short Summary:

The Flame tells the story of two women: Jamie, a queer bar owner, and Sam, the woman selling the building the bar inhabits, and the inevitable sparks that end up flying between them! With the help of her best friend, Heather, and bar regular Jo, can the residents of The Flame keep the bar alive? Or can Sam’s friend Mel help her work through her complicated feelings about her father’s death and the building she grew up in before she makes a rash decision?

We’re planning an 8 episode musical arc, which we’ll record through the end of 2020/early 2021, and release as a Lez Hang Out Production in Summer 2021. It will feature an entirely original story, book, and score.

 

Characters:

Sam 

Sam is a goal-oriented woman who wants to tie up all of the loose ends dealing with her father’s will and estate. She didn’t think much about selling the bar until she realizes it’s a gay bar. As she reconsiders she begins to have feelings for the current owner, Jamie. 

Jamie

Jamie is a hopeless romantic and the owner of the Flame. She’s been unlucky in love, but her luck is about to change. A people pleaser at her core, she takes care of everyone around her before herself. Things get tricky when she falls for Sam, the woman who is selling her bar from under her. 

Heather 

Heather is the co-owner of the bar and Jamie’s best friend. She is aromantic. She is reliable, a great listener and always there with a sarcastic quip. 

Mel 

Sam’s best friend is quick-witted and radiates ‘boss bitch’ energy. She’s helping Sam sell the bar when she meets her love interest Jo. 

Jo 

Jo is the best comedic relief a friend could ask for. She’s a regular at the bar and willing to do anything to save it. While helping Jamie go over the eviction notice she meets her love interest Mel. 

Rachel - Played by Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful Broadway, The Band's Visit) 

Jamie’s ex-girlfriend. Rachel isn’t the most considerate when it comes to Jamie’s thoughts and feelings, but part of her truly does care for the bar owner. 

Narrator 

Our guide through the story. 

Harold 

Harold is a real estate developer who has their eyes on the bar. They’re willing to do anything to seal the deal.

 

Meet Our Cast & Crew: 

Ellie Brigida (Scoring and Music Producer), “Jamie” 

Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston, MA. She has a degree in Music Business from Wagner College and is currently the Studio Production Manager for Clear Harmonies. She has been performing in Musicals since she was 8 years old as Annie and she's excited to get back to her roots as Jamie in The Flame! 

Ellie is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot. 

Leigh Holmes Foster (Composer), “Heather”

Leigh is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out – an award winning podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO’s list of best queer podcasts, HER’s The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot. 

Valerie Rose Lohman (Executive Producer), “Mel” 

Valerie voiced the lead role of Edith Finch in the critically acclaimed Video Game "What Remains of Edith Finch", produced by Annapurna Interactive; Valerie's received a BAFTA Nomination for her portrayal of 17 year old Edith. This year, Valerie stars as Jess Blazkowicz in the highly anticipated Wolfenstein: Youngblood, released by Bethesda! She received a 2018 Young Entertainer Award for her work in the film. 

Caitlyn Clear (Book) 

From a young age, Caitlyn’s interests have always included any form of storytelling. Now a writer by day, avid TV watcher by night, she hopes to create stories that reflect the diverse world we live in. In her free time, she enjoys reading books on LGBTQ+ history and experimenting with new desserts! She’s a graduate from Columbia College Chicago and Chapman University.  

Chilina Kennedy "Rachel"

Chilina recently starred as “Dina” in the International Tour of The Band’s Visit. Broadway: “Carole King” in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (over 1200 performances) and “Mary Magdalene” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Originated “Binky” in Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz’s This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). 1st National Tour: “Sophie” in Mamma Mia!. Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and Whistler Film Festivals). Selected Regional: “Pheobe D’Ysquith” in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (CT and San Diego Critics' Circle Nominations), “Evangeline” in Evangeline (original production and album), “Philia” in Des McAnuff’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Toronto/Mirvish), Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including “Maria” in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Mirvish/Toronto). Chilina is currently developing a show that she composed and co-wrote with Eric Holmes, Call It Love. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company. www.chilinakennedy.com


The Production Team: 

The project is produced by Lez Hang Out productions. Lez Hang Out has been featured on LOGO's list of podcasts in the golden age of queer women, and HER's list of "The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To". Our mission and passion is to highlight diverse representation on screen and to create the content for our community that we’ve always wanted to see. 

The Lez Hang Out team writes and produces original songs based on Lesbian TV shows and movies plus all of their jingles. Leigh Holmes Foster and Ellie Brigida are a musical dream team, complementing each other in every way. 

 

The Back Story: 

In 2016, Leigh and Ellie started Lez Hang Out, an LGBTQ podcast about representation in the media. For the past four years, we have been writing and producing original music based on our favorite lesbian TV shows and movies. 

We both grew up performing in musical theatre and we met at a women’s a cappella festival in San Francisco. Our love for music and positive representation resonates through everything that we do. The next logical step was for us to write and star in our own podcast musical. 

We wrote the story and realized we couldn’t do this alone! We reached out to Valerie Rose Lohman for guidance and she loved the project so much that she hopped on board as our executive producer and to play the role of Mel. She got us in touch with Caitlyn Clear whose writing style has us in stitches after every draft. 

The producers, director, writer and lead characters on this project are members of the LGBTQ community.  We are committed to adding to the great storytelling landscape supporting the LGBTQ community.  Your contribution will help elevate their work and passion.

We’ve been working all summer writing original songs and scripts and we can’t wait to bring it to your ears in June 2021! 

Casting is actively underway - stay tuned for updates as we fill this incredible cast! 

Cast: (More updates to come!)

Chilina Kennedy as Rachel 

Chilina recently starred as “Dina” in the International Tour of The Band’s Visit. Broadway: “Carole King” in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (over 1200 performances) and “Mary Magdalene” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Originated “Binky” in Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz’s This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company). 1st National Tour: “Sophie” in Mamma Mia!. Film: With Me (BravoFact, NY Shorts and Whistler Film Festivals). Selected Regional: “Pheobe D’Ysquith” in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (CT and San Diego Critics' Circle Nominations), “Evangeline” in Evangeline (original production and album), “Philia” in Des McAnuff’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Toronto/Mirvish), Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including “Maria” in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Mirvish/Toronto). Chilina is currently developing a show that she composed and co-wrote with Eric Holmes, Call It Love. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company. www.chilinakennedy.com

Other Ways You Can Help:

We know some people can’t contribute financially, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help! 

Share, share, share! Please help us spread the word so we can bring this podcast musical to life and pay our talented cast and production team what they deserve!

 
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