Monday, June 11, 2012

Curiouser and Curiouser

The Souls of Her Feet BLOOK adds a new twist to our musical project by fictionalizing the creators and making the characters real people. The blook begins with a pretend 2010 magazine clipping of Michael and Kristen as musical theater "who's who's..." seeking real-life stories of people with fairy tale lives.

Help us create this magically-realistic world by writing your story on the comments of one of the posts at It can be a real story or a creative one. Just a few sentences or paragraphs will do.

Fairy Tale Reality is intended to be an estuary between fact and fiction (an estuary being the place where fresh water and sea water swirl together at land's end). No one will know the difference, and  that art can take on a life of its own.

Kristen's story about living a Beauty and the Beast life, incidentally, is TRUE!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Big Bitch with Action Figures

On Feb 15, 2012, at 7:06 AM, Paul Goldenberg wrote:

There’s a real kind of ‘gentile william finn’ thing going on there. (that’s a compliment!)
Quite impressed actually. Very funny! J
Paul Goldenberg, Chief Operation Officer
Red Wolf Online
89 Tycos Drive, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M6B 1W3
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From: Kristen Caven [-----] On Behalf Of Kristen Caven
Sent: February-15-12 3:22 PM
To: Paul Goldenberg
Subject: Re: score

Thanks for telling me it was a compliment... I have no idea what that remark meant! Now you'll have to 'splain it to me so I get smarter. 

On Feb 15, 2012, at 12:34 PM, Paul Goldenberg wrote:

Do you know William Finn?   March of the Falsettos? 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee? He’s both brilliant and perhaps slightly disturbed. You’re not disturbed but your Barbie doll show was for sure. J  Your voice, subject matter, and Barbie video just somehow brought to mind William Finn without the Jewish element.

Is that a good explanation?

Paul Goldenberg, Chief Operation Officer
Red Wolf Online
89 Tycos Drive, Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M6B 1W3
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On Feb 15, 2012, at 1:44 PM, Kristen Caven wrote:
Oh, THAT William Finn! (Not the Irish Parliament member.) Why thank you, that is a compliment. So is "brilliant and slightly disturbed." I looked over Wikipedia and thought, "well, I'm also straight and female..." but then I realize my character Harry isn't...!  (I'm actually wondering if he might be Jewish.... though his name is Carrington, pretty WASP-y.) I'll share the compliment with MO the music guy... he added a nice EDGE to the piece with the gritted-teeth sound of the strings, don't you think?

As always, thanks for the enlightening. :)


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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Coming Soon: The Blook!

Get to know Ashley, our protaganist, intimately before the musical comes out, in the novel version of her story by librettist Kristen Caven.

Kristen, who writes across many genres, has been working on the novelization since 2007, and is doing a final polish as "literary performance art" by publishing a chapter a week online.

Fans of the musical are especially welcome to read along and give feedback on the developing story.

Kristen will start publishing as soon as she gets 100 subscribers to the blog/book, or "blook." Click here for a sneak preview and to sign up!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Our Musical LIVES!

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The SMBPR Scoop

Greetings Friends of the musical (FOTMs),

  January 2012

Did you wonder where we went? Did you wonder what happened to our show? Wonder no more.... it's ALIVE!

A Long Break

After we did the rewrite of The Souls of Her Feet in April, 2009, Michael and I drifted apart for a long, long time. He went on tour with a big show. I wrote two books about my former cartooning career. After a long and awkward estrangement, we reunited last December, and have been loving our collaboration! The first song we're re-writing is "A Girl Like Me," formerly the "Can't-Go-To-Prom Blues," which was the first song Michael ever wrote, to get the job, in 2005. It's a beautiful evolution, and now shows Ashley's inner struggle in a much more moving way, as she decides to take a chance and go to the prom. (You'll get to hear it soon if you are signed up on our blog.) >>>>

The Big Shoe Project

Kristen is trying to talk to local high school theaters about doing scenes and songs in collaboration with other schools. A year or so down the road, there could be a really fun community project taking shape. Meanwhile, full horizMichael, who now plays a red piano on the Boulder Mall, is scoping out voice talent in Colorado to make recordings.

The Book

Every musical has a book, but ours has more than one. Kristen, who works in publishing, is working on a novelization of the story that will be available some time this year, Godesss willing.

Calling All SMBPR Alums

Have you worked on the musical, either as an actor or a volunteer? Do you have a Facebook page? Please post a link to it on our Facebook Page - and let us "like" your page. As your career gains momentum, so does this project - and it helps us all to stay connected. I recently touched base with Sherry Vine (a.k.a. Keith Levy, who played Harry in New York), who is now Lady Gaga's worst nightmare. Meanwhile, did anyone catch Jen Ponton (narrator in New York) on 30 Rock? ("Fraaazerrrr!") cavenodellOr Brian Yates Sharber (original Demo recordings) as the Gay Man in Milk? It's fun to see what everyone's doing with their careers. 'Like' our page and check back for links!

Thanks for being in our cult!
Here's to an amazing 2012

Kristen Caven & Michael O'Dell

Singin' on the Blog

We'll be doing fewer newsletters from now on (what's 'fewer' than one ever three years, you ask? Good point...) and putting our announcements on the SMBPR blog.

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Artistic Support

I got the most amazing thing in the mail last fall. Friend of the Musical (FOTM) Rhonda Bryce sent this gorgeous assemblage, covered with over a dozen examples of Just the Right Shoe, who started making their collectibles the year after I wrote the first draft of the song. (Hmmm.... merchandise tie-in??)

SOMEDAY... there will be a viral video of our shoe song... and everyone will be just this obsessed!

A Little 'Bitch'

Reply to this email if you'd like a sneak peek of a silly little video (of me playing with singing dolls) from a musical theater workshop.

Picture 6

"purify the aaaiiiiirrrr!"

(coming soon to YouTube!)

You never know where a new pair of shoes will take you....

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