Softwear.com is a cappuccino
of a musical—full of the deep caffeinated energy of the dotcom
era, supported by an ample portion of the steamed milk of nineteen
original songs, and topped with a generous froth of I-lived-through-that
Set in the late 1990s, Softwear.com is the story of two
inexperienced but high-energy guys in a garage with a great idea
for a fashion web site who get ninety million dollars in funding
from an opportunistic venture capitalist and rapidly ride the dotcom
boom to paper multi-millionaire status then just as quickly crash
to the ranks of the unemployed.
Like the now-mythic heyday of Silicon Alley the show includes politically
correct true love, outrageous employee perks, Taj Mahal office spaces,
on-line fashion shows, and extravagant launch parties. But the high
living doesn’t last long when there’s no money coming
in. Coping with everything going wrong leads to growing maturity,
love victorious, and a triumphant happy ending.
Softwear.com the Musical got its start when the tune and
opening lines for the show's theme song, A Great Idea, first
popped into Dave Schroeder's head in early 2002. Over the next few
months the general shape of the show took form and thanks to a fortuitious
break between jobs and tremendous support from his family Dave was
able to write the book and 19 original songs for the show that summer.
The musical draws on Dave Schroeder's experiences on the front
lines of the dotcom revolution in senior technical roles at IBM's
Interactive Media division, a major Internet consulting company,
and a major dotcom. It also owes quite a bit to the absurdity of
Gilbert & Sullivan's operettas, which seem rather similar in
that regard to the excesses of the dotcom era. Please click on the
link to the one-page summary
of the plot to learn more. We hope you'll be able to make the
show in New York on April 15-18, 2004.
STEVE CHILDS – Seth Cooperman
BOB SELLERS – Joe Sevier
LIZ GOOD – Ann Weisbecker
DOT NEWELL – Amy Clarke
CONNER MANN – Derek Hood
CHIP KIDD – Brendan Rothman-Hicks
JASMINE JONES – Amy Van Wyk
GIL BUCKSTON – Matt Mager
KATERINA SFORZA – Brooke Bryant
Robert Gonzales Jr.
DIRECTOR & ACCOMPANIST
Our world Off-Off-Broadway Premier was a major success
with full theatres on Friday and Saturday evenings and large audiences
enjoying the show for the matinees on Saturday and Sunday. We captured
the Sunday afternoon show on video and recorded all the songs for
the cast album immediately afterwards. In four to six weeks we should
have both CDs and DVDs of the show to share. Many thanks to everyone
who came to the show and supported our talented cast and crew.
||Thursday, April 15th, 2004 at 8:00pm
||Friday, April 16th, 2004 at 8:00pm
||Saturday, April 17th, 2004 at 2:00pm
||Saturday, April 17th, 2004 at 8:00pm
||Sunday, April 18th, 2004 at 2:00pm
||Softwear.com T-Shirts (Sizes S-XL)
Price: $10 + $3 shipping = $13
||Softwear.com T-Shirts (2XL/3XL)
Price: $10 + $3 shipping = $15
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Softwear.com A Musical DotComedy T-shirts are now available
by mail for $10 each plus $3 postage and handling.
The shirts are 100% cotton in hot pink and are available in S,
M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL sizes. The two largest sizes are $2 more
each. Please allow 10 days for shipping. We will email you a confirmation
when your shirt(s) are sent.
Softwear.com T-Shirt Design
For more details about Softwear.com the Musical
and to receive occaisional mailings related to the show, please
send email to dschroeder @ mindspring.com with Softwear
Mailing List in the Subject line and you'll be added to our
mailing list to find out if we've been accepted by the 2003 NYC
Fringe Festival in April of 2004, learn when CDs and DVDs of the
show are available, and more.