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Monday, September 22, 2014

Help Deedle Deedle Dees leader Lloyd H. Miller make a grown-up musical

The show Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, has been working for over two years with Roy Nathanson was chosen for a residency in Brooklyn this fall. This means they get 10 days to workshop the show culminating in two intimate workshop performances on Nov 7 and 8 (you can come).

The show is called Trashed Out and features Roy's longtime band, the Jazz Passengers. It's inspired by Exiles in Eden, Paul Reyes' book about the foreclosure crisis in Florida. Is it depressing? Yes, in parts, but it's also exhilarating -- imagine a live band of virtuosos (many who come from behind their instruments to act) plus an ensemble of actors plus video projections all working together at once, performing all brand-new songs written by Roy and Lloyd, telling a story of homelessness and heartbreak but also one of love and family. It's the kind of show that's never been done before (have you seen a musical with a live jazz band that improvises and becomes part of the show?) but also the sort of show we don't see too much any more, an old-fashioned song-and-dance musical with big themes and a love story at its center.

Will you help us make it happen? We have to raise money to fund the residency and the performances. Visit our Kickstarter, watch our video, read all about the project, then donate what you can. We have some cool rewards even for small donations.