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April 21, 2013

The good, bad and off-Broadway

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Darg began writing the musical in January of 2012. Within 30 days, he completed his musical about a calm, rational and dignified sasquatch who gets lost in a national park and is befriended by a young boy. Together, they encounter a melange of quirky individuals, including a hysterical TV crew that is investigating bigfoot sightings.

Darg, who is also a musician whose compositions have been heard on MTV and the History Channel, then began crafting the production’s 14 musical numbers.

With songs that run the gamut of rock genres — protest rock, rockabilly, arena rock, piano rock, and more — Darg said the songs will underscore the musical’s thematic intention to mix humor with social criticism.

“Certainly there is comedy,” Darg said. “It’s just funny to have a talking sasquatch. At the same time, however, there is some social commentary about this being that’s so misunderstood.”

 The two-act play runs for about 100 minutes, and Darg said much of the production budget will pay for actor salaries, musicians and production personnel.

“I’m just a Minnesota boy out in New York trying to produce an off-Broadway show,” Darg said. “It’s crazy.”

Since its inception in 2004, the New York Musical Theatre Festival has premiered more than 320 new musicals — more than 86 of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters in almost every state, and in 20 countries worldwide. 

NYMTF alum “Next to Normal” won three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama during its Broadway run. Other alumni include the long-running hit “Altar Boyz” as well as “Fat Camp,” “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” “In Transit,” “Rooms,” “The Shaggs,” “The Other Josh Cohen” and ”Yank!” 

For more information about “Sasquatched!! The Musical,” or to donate to the effort, visit www.sasquatched.com.

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