DFW Musical of Shakespeare's "Much Ado" Nears Halfway Funding with Kickstarter; Austin Rocker to Star and NYC Composer to Assist with Arrangements

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TradRad Pictures’ production of BAM!, a musical based on William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," nears halfway funding total. Austin Rocker Zack Weber to play lead. NYC Composer L.J. Nachsin to assist in music arrangements for 60's style show.

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Pulling a musical out of a hat

...my mom wanted me to audition for a show and I refused."

The final countdown has begun! DFW-based TradRad Pictures enters the final days of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 for its production of BAM!, a new musical-comedy based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." According to Executive Producer Marshall Such, "Even five years ago the idea of filming a full-length book musical on such a small budget would have been impossible. But with the incredible advances and low cost in digital film technology, we'll use funding for key personnel, sets and costumes." BAM! uses Shakespeare's "Much Ado" story with updated dialog and a '60's setting. "Our hope is to entice a younger generation to theatre. Our music is very accessible; we believe it will appeal to them," Such said.

BAM! will feature one of the show's composers, Zack Weber in the starring "Claudio" role. Mr. Weber, an Austin singer-songwriter, has been active in musical theatre since the second grade. "It was one of those things where my mom wanted me to audition for a show and I refused," Weber says. "Then we saw the show and I wanted to be on stage! I was hooked." Zack, who has opened for Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and John Mayer, also continues his recording career with two CD's, "Daydreams and Day Jobs" and "Funk!" as well as fronting the high energy 80's band, The Spazmatics.

The production of BAM! is a real "family affair" with co-composer L.J. Nachsin also taking on some arranging duties. "We thought Marshall would handle rearranging all the music but he's so swamped," Nachsin said. "So I was recruited to help out!" he laughs. Members of the current cast and crew include family members, neighbors and actors involved in previous productions. "We try to embody a sense of family with TradRad Pictures,” says Such.

Mr. Such went on to say, "Josh Whedon's "Much Ado" movie is set for release on June 21, the day our Kickstarter campaign ends. Perhaps 2013 is the year of the Bard's classic romantic-comedy?"

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