News: World Premiere of Podcast Version of Post-Apocalyptic Musical "Bleeding Love"

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The Broadway Podcast Network, Tony award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Steve Saporito, Kent Nicholson, and Katie Rosin, have announced the world premiere of the podcast version of  post-apocalyptic musical Bleeding Love (book by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur LaFrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, and directed and edited by Harris Doran). Bleeding Love is based on a story by Jason Schafer that was suggested by Oscar Wilde's “The Nightingale and the Rose,” and it stars Annie Golden, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Marc Kudisch, Sarah Stiles (the voice of Spinel in Steven Universe: The Movie, whom these editors were lucky enough to see at NY Comic-Con last fall), Taylor Trensch, and Tony Vincent

Bleeding Love is being recorded for a release later next month, and it takes place in a world that is too dangerous to go outside, where a starry-eyed teen cellist risks leaving her apartment to win the love of the rebel punk next door. The musical is a demented and heart-stirring musical fairytale, made for the times we live in. From climate change to the political divide to COVID-19, the themes of Bleeding Love have striking resonance.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has grown so dangerous that parents won't let their children outside, a sequestered teen cellist named Bronwyn is kept home by her bedridden, overprotective aunt, Madame Floy. Bronwyn spends her days practicing cello by the window, dreaming of the world outside. Only no one ever passes by.

The building is protected by the gun obsessed Super, who is determined to keep intruders out so that the tragedy that happened to his wife never again occurs. His son, Sweet William, spends his days smitten with Bronwyn, who barely notices him.

One day, while staring out her window, Bronwyn notices the arrival of a punk named Puppy and his dominating girlfriend, Lolli. Lolli rejects Puppy, telling him to prove his love to her by getting her a rose. Bronwyn pities Puppy and determines to find a way to get him a real, live rose. The only problem is... nothing grows anymore.

Sarah Stiles. Photo courtesy Kampfire PR
Just as Bleeding Love takes place in a world where people are locked in because it’s too dangerous to go outside, this podcast is being recorded by actors in their apartments, in a world where it’s too dangerous to go outside. Annie Golden (Hair, The Full Monty, Xanadu) will play Madame Floy, Drama Desk Nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones (Oklahoma!, American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will play Lolli, Tony Nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl from the North Country, The Great Society, Finding Neverland) will play The Super, Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles (Tootsie, Hand to Good, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) will play Bronwyn, Taylor Trensch (To Kill a Mockingbird, Hello, Dolly!, Dear Evan Hansen) will play Sweet William, and Tony Vincent (Rocktopia, American Idiot, Rent) will play Puppy. Song recordings will be produced by Søren Møller of the Fredericia Teater and orchestrated by Tony Award-winner Bruce Coughlin. Sound mixing and design is by Emmy award-winner Ric Schnupp (Midsommar, Free Solo).

Bleeding Love offers a story of hope. Even in a world that is overwhelmingly dark, one small person can change the world and overcome the darkness. 

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