HOW TO COME UP WITH A GREAT IDEA FOR A MUSICAL

Because it’s all about having a brilliant idea, you know. You - the rising talented playwright sit in your study. You’ve already finished all the cookies, watched all 8 seasons House on Netflix, did the dishes twice and seriously reconsidered smoking. You’re out of options and must start working. So, reluctantly, you engage in a small brainstorming session with yourself and try to come up with the best idea for a new Broadway musical that has ever been thought of. An idea that will make actors beg, producers smile and the audience cry. An idea that is so good that it will earn you the Tony for the next three years, because other playwrights don’t even bother writing anything new. It’s not supposed to be hard - you mind is always filled with great ideas, especially in the middle of the night when you’re too lazy to write them down and you’re sure you’ll remember them in the morning but never do. One brilliant idea – GO!


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Ok, maybe there is such a thing of having your expectations too high. Let’s start with a very good idea instead of a brilliant one.


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Just a good idea will do. Even one that’s a little lame and needs a lot of work, but got plenty of potential.


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Just an idea. ANY IDEA. Anything at all. Something. Even the most worn out, predictable idea. Like this one:


The employees of Burger Bite - a small burger joint in a small, forsaken town - find out that a huge national burgers chain is opening a new branch right in front of them. Max, the 30 years old cook, decides to take action and, together with his colleagues, starts a war against the intruders.


Not too bad, right? Yeah, no. I know there’s no judging in brainstorming, but you don’t need to be judgmental to see this is the worst idea ever and whoever wrote it is an idiot. The little guys fight the huge corporation and win? This idea is as old as this phrase.

But, not all hope is lost. Although it’s still very basic and needs a lot of work and development, there’s a solid dramatic basis to it. It can work, with some changes.


The employees of Burger Bite - a small burger joint in a small, forsaken town - find out that a national chain of organic vegan burgers is opening a new branch right in front of them. Max, the 30 years old cook, decides to take action and, together with his colleagues, starts a war against the intruders.


That’s better. It will be original and even surprising to portray the organic vegans as the greedy suits. But still, this isn’t interesting enough. Who’ll go watch a full length musical that’s all about burgers? You must find something deeper, more edgy, more surprising:


The community of Beith Gavoyshkes - a small synagogue - finds out that a national chain of organic vegan burgers is opening a new branch right in front of them. Moishe, the 67 years old Rabbi, decides to take action and, together with his colleagues, starts a war against the intruders.


Judaism is a great theme for a musical. Everyone in Broadway is Jewish and declining a Jewish musical will portray them as self-racists. On the other hand, the musical doesn’t make a lot of sense now.


The community of Beith Gavoyshkes - a small synagogue - finds out that a national chain of organic vegan pork and ham products is opening a new branch right in front of them. Moishe, the 67 years old Rabbi, decides to take action and, together with his flock, starts a war against the intruders.


I think we have something here! Religion, vegans, rival. Lots of action. But what about love? Every musical must have a love story.


The community of Beith Gavoyshkes - a small synagogue - finds out that a national chain of organic vegan pork and ham products is opening a new branch right in front of them. Moishe, the 67 years old Rabbi, decides to take action and, together with his flock, starts a war against the intruders but falls in love with Agatha – the sassy clerk of the vegan store.


Not bad. Though it’s better if the love is even more impossible.


The community of Beith Gavoyshkes - a small synagogue - finds out that a national chain of organic vegan pork and ham products is opening a new branch right in front of them. Moishe, the 67 years old Rabbi, decides to take action and, together with his flock , starts a war against the intruders but falls in love with Agatha – the sassy clerk of the vegan store - who is also an Australian mermaid. Will love win?


I think we’ve nailed it. It’s fresh, full of conflicts to the roof and got a little of everything: impossible love, religion, rivalry, hope and vegan pork. Who can’t relate to that?

And how you sell it to producers?


“Fiddler on the Roof meets The Little Mermaid meets Ragtime (the mermaid is an immigrant)”. It practically writes itself.


You’re welcome!