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Episode 02: Song Ideas, Opening Number and Subplot - LMM Podcast


Feb 16, 2015 Let's Make A Musical Podcast, Podcast , , , 6 Comments


In their quest to create a new musical called “Press Start”, Denver and Brian chat about fun potential song moments, the opening number, and a potential subplot. Plus, some Broadway trivia facts and a new segment called “Writer’s Block”!


What characters would YOU like to see in the show? Leave your comments below!


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  • Dan Everett
    Feb 20, 2015 at 12:25 am Reply

    Hey guys, loving the show! Wanted to put my opinion in for the “writers block.” Some of my favorite characters growing up were Sonic the Hedgehog, MegaMan, and Blanca from Street Fighter. But have you thought about some of the older arcade games like PacMan?

    1. Chris Cooper
      Feb 21, 2015 at 5:17 am Reply

      I am enjoying the podcast and appreciate you sharing it with us.

      About characters, since this is going to be for middle schoolers, at least some of the characters should be from the games they are playing, although I do not know what/who those are. Sorry. But how will you deal with licensing of these characters?

      Do you know what the Konami Code is? Are you that old? It was a sequence of buttons that gave you infinite lives in some early games. If I remember it went up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. That makes a nice rhythm and could perhaps have a song built around it (or some other button sequence).

      1. bbbpress
        Feb 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm Reply

        Thanks @Chris – we totally remember the Konami Code and if we can find a way to work that into the show we will. Listen for our full response on the Episode 5 Writer’s Block!

        1. Stacee Tweedlie
          Mar 5, 2015 at 11:42 am Reply

          I was wondering about the licensing too? I think it’s fun to use the characters, but licensing might be an issue. And costuming too… since the characters are so specific that could get expensive quickly… When I did We are Monsters we bought plaid shirts for the werewolves and vampire capes in bulk which helped lower the cost… :)

    2. bbbpress
      Feb 23, 2015 at 9:59 pm Reply

      @Dan. Thanks for the comment – look for our response on the Episode 4 Writer’s Block!

  • Shannon Brake
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Love the “Funny Thing….” reference!!

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