Angels in New York (2010)

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Released 17-Feb-2010
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Two rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway!

Write a musical and get it on Broadway - Maybe in your dreams. But for Marcus and Ken, unknown Aussie natives it's a whole new reality. The David and Goliath story has just begun!

Set in New York, New Orleans, LA and Sydney, ANGELS IN NEW YORK follows the journey of two rookie Australian producers who dream of taking their unknown musical straight to Broadway. Meet Marcus Cheong, a graduate architect, and Ken Lai, an aeronautical engineer, who have dedicated four years to writing the book, music and lyrics for 'Angels the Musical', heavily influenced by STAR WARS, THE MATRIX, LORD OF THE RINGS and the flying excitement of Cirque de Soleil. Studying by day and producing musicals for university by night is one thing, but Broadway is another world away!

A David and Goliath story unfolds about Ken and Marcus's determination to live their dream, and conquer the unpredictable Broadway beast, using guide books purchased from Their Aussie charm starts to open some doors, a well- known Broadway producer lends a hand, and the Broadway community curiously ponders 'Could they be the next Andrew Lloyd Webber?' But how good is their musical really?

ANGELS IN NEW YORK follows the struggle, determination, magic and talent of the Aussie duo, their larrikin director Richard Fowler, and colourful Broadway producer Bob Blume, as they navigate the Broadway machine which is fast, uncertain, and constantly changing direction. From casting, to designing sets, marketing and rehearsals, to opening night, these lads soon find themselves caught up in the ride of a lifetime to tell an epic story about 'the ancient war between the Angels and Lucifer's fallen minions'.

A new cool wind blows through NY, the stock market crashes and investor funding starts to dry up; script changes become a major issue, the flying rigs for the show are not working, the set design starts to fall behind schedule; and Marcus and Ken find their dream perilously in danger of falling over. With only 6 weeks to go before their off - Broadway opening, disaster hits, the dream looks all but over. Can they recover and go on to make it all the way to Broadway? Can the Phoenix rise from the ashes?

This ob-doc is character driven, and features an up-close and personal roller coaster insight into the lives of three Aussie boys who had a dream to become Broadway's next hit, and what happened along the way. This series is unprecedented in the behind the scenes footage of the real drama and jeopardy that involves breaking onto Broadway; and for two unknown Aussie lads, this is an adventure of a lifetime, like climbing Everest without oxygen!

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Liz Courtney
Gregory Miller
Ken Lai
Marcus Cheong
Ken Lai
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