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StarKid Productions

StarKid Productions, also known as Team StarKid, is an American musical theatre company founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan by Darren Criss, Brian Holden, Matt Lang and Nick Lang. Widely known for the musical A Very Potter Musical, a parody of the Harry Potter series, the troupe produces musical comedies inspired by pop culture, with original scripts, songs and music. StarKid utilizes social media, mainly YouTube, to distribute their content.

StarKid Productions
StarKidLogo.png
Founded2009 (2009)
FoundersDarren Criss
Brian Holden
Matt Lang
Nick Lang
TypeTheatrical productions
Location
AffiliationsUniversity of Michigan
Basement Arts
Websitewww.teamstarkid.com

StarKid's repertoire additionally consists of albums, concerts, web series, sketch comedies and books. The company's album Me and My Dick, featuring original songs and music, became the first charting student-produced musical recording on Billboard, debuting at #11 on the "Top Cast Albums" chart in 2010; the following year they landed at #1 on the same chart with the album for Starship.

HistoryEdit

StarKid Productions is composed of actors, writers, directors, composers, choreographers, and designers, most of them originating from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater and Dance. The members met while collaborating on plays through Basement Arts, the university's student-run theater organization.

In April 2009, the students staged a musical parody of the Harry Potter series entitled A Very Potter Musical. The video of the play went viral on the Internet, garnering StarKid a worldwide fanbase. Inspired by the viral nature of the video, StarKid Productions was formed, named after a quote from A Very Potter Musical. Later, two sequels followed on YouTube, A Very Potter Sequel and A Very Potter Senior Year.[1][2]

The Team StarKid YouTube channel was established on June 19, 2009.[3] The channel currently has over 581,000 subscribers and over 259,000,000 combined views.[3] Aside from the viral Harry Potter adaptions, Team StarKid have produced a number of other musical theatre parody shows, creating both original stories and pop culture-based parodies of Disney, Star Wars, The Oregon Trail, and science-fiction franchises such as Starship Troopers, Alien and Metal Gear Solid.

Musical theater productionsEdit

Production Dates Location Music & Lyrics Book Notes
A Very Potter Musical April 9–11, 2009 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Darren Criss, A. J. Holmes Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the Harry Potter series
Me and My Dick October 29–31, 2009 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Darren Criss, A. J. Holmes, Carlos Valdes Eric Kahn Gale, Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang
A Very Potter Sequel May 14–16, 2010 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Darren Criss Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the Harry Potter series; sequel to A Very Potter Musical
Starship February 11–23, 2011 Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Chicago, IL Darren Criss Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Joe Walker
Holy Musical B@man! March 22–25, 2012 Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Chicago, IL Nick Gage, Scott Lamps Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the DC Comics universe
A Very Potter Senior Year August 11, 2012 LeakyCon, Chicago, IL Clark Baxtresser, Darren Criss, A. J. Holmes, Pierce Siebers Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the Harry Potter series; sequel to A Very Potter Musical; staged reading rather than a full production
Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier July 4–28, 2013 Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago, IL A. J. Holmes, Kaley McMahon Eric Kahn Gale, Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin
The Trail to Oregon! July 3 - August 10, 2014 Stage 773, Chicago, IL Jeff Blim, Drew De Four Jeff Blim, Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on The Oregon Trail video game series
Ani: A Parody July 3 - August 10, 2014 Stage 773, Chicago, IL Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers Matt Lang, Nick Lang Based on the Star Wars series
Firebringer July 6 - August 7, 2016 Stage 773, Chicago, IL Meredith Stepien, Mark Swiderski Brian Holden, Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Meredith Stepien
The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals October 11 - November 4, 2018 The Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Jeff Blim Matt Lang, Nick Lang
Black Friday October 31 - December 8, 2019 Hudson Mainstage Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Jeff Blim Matt Lang, Nick Lang In the same universe as The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals

Team StarKid produced a sequel to their 2011 musical Starship called Starship: Requiem that was performed on August 2, 2014 at LeakyCon in Orlando, FL. However, it was a one-time "theatrical reading" and, as such, Team StarKid does not include it in their musical canon.[4] The story followed the adventures of the android Mega-Girl and her half-witted Starship Ranger husband, Tootsie Noodles, as the newlyweds go to visit Mega-Girl's human-hating family.[5]

Concerts and toursEdit

  • The SPACE Tour (2011) — North American concert tour with 21 stops in 15 cities. "SPACE" in the tour title stands for StarKid Precarious Auditory Concert Experience.[6] Featuring: Jaime Lyn Beatty, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, Dylan Saunders, Meredith Stepien, and Joe Walker.
  • Apocalyptour (2012) — 2012 North American concert tour with 24 stops in 21 cities. The tour title is a reference to the 2012 phenomenon.[7] Featuring: Jaime Lyn Beatty, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Jim Povolo, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Dylan Saunders, Meredith Stepien, and Joe Walker
  • A Very StarKid Reunion (2015) — Reunion concert performed in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance.[8] Featuring: Julia Albain, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Jeff Blim, Tyler Brunsman, Richard Campbell, Brant Cox, Darren Criss, Denise Donovan, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Lily Marks, Alle-Faye Monka, Joe Moses, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Dylan Saunders, Rachael Soglin, Meredith Stepien, and Joe Walker.
  • StarKid Homecoming (2019) — Reunion concert performed in celebration of the 10th anniversary of A Very Potter Musical. Held at the Theater at the Ace on July 25th and 26th, 2019.[9] Featuring: Nico Ager, Julia Albain, Clark Baxtresser, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Jeff Blim, Jamie Burns, Tyler Brunsman, Richard Campbell, Britney Coleman, Brant Cox, Darren Criss, Denise Donovan, Corey Dorris, Mariah Rose Faith, Elona Finlay,  Ali Gordon, Brian Holden, A. J. Holmes, Angela Kiessel, Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Lauren Lopez, Corey Lubowich, Robert Manion, Jon Matteson, Lily Marks, Alle-Faye Monka, Joe Moses, Alex Paul, Sarah Petty, Amy Plouff, Jim Povolo, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, June Saito, Dylan Saunders, Bonnie Socha (née Gruesen), Rachael Soglin, Meredith Stepien, Mark Swiderski, Sango Tajima, Joe Walker, Lauren Walker, and Tiffany Williams.[10]

Sketch comedy productionsEdit

  • Airport for Birds: January–March 2013, Chicago, IL. StarKid Productions teamed up with The Second City to produce their first sketch comedy show. The show was produced at the UP Comedy Club.
  • 1Night 2Last 3Ever: September–November 2013, Chicago, IL. StarKid Productions second sketch comedy show with The Second City. The show was produced at the UP Comedy Club. The show was a parody of various pieces of 1990s pop culture centering on the exploits of a fictional boy band, 3Ever.
  • Yes, I am Afraid of the Dark!: September–October 2015, Chicago, IL. StarKid Productions first improv comedy show with iO Chicago and was produced at the iO Theater. The show was a parody of the 1990s children show Are You Afraid of the Dark? with the cast creating an entire episode based on audience suggestion.

Web seriesEdit

Little White LieEdit

In 2007, members including Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Eric Kahn Gale, Brian Holden, Darren Criss, Lauren Lopez, Elona Finlay, Chris Allen, Meredith Stepien, and Jim Povolo produced an online video series called Little White Lie. It was released in 2009 on StarKid's YouTube channel.[11] Despite the series ending in a cliffhanger, StarKid members have confirmed at various events that there will be no season 2, as it was an expensive production and the actors who took part in it are scattered all over the country. However, Eric Kahn Gale, one of the writers for the show, stated that he would write and publish a synopsis of season 2, which was released on September 3, 2013 on his Tumblr page.[12]

Movies, Musicals, and MeEdit

In October 2017, StarKid debuted its second web series on YouTube, Movies, Musicals, and Me. The series takes place in an alternate world where every popular movie ever has been adapted into a Broadway musical. The best of these musicals all star the same man, Halpert Evans, a vain and pompous, though brilliant, actor. The series is structured as a mocumentary of Evans, chronicling the most significant musical roles of his career, along with commentary from various colleagues in Halpert's line of work. The series introduces StarKid newcomers Al Fallick as Halpert Evans and Mary Kate Wiles as Judy Davendale. Joey Richter, Nick Lang, Brian Holden, Dylan Saunders, Lauren Lopez, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Corey Dorris, and Clark Baxtresser also star.

Soundtrack albumsEdit

Title Album details Notes
Little White Lie[13]
  • Released: June 30, 2009
  • Formats: Download
A Very Potter Musical[13]
  • Released: September 9, 2009
  • Formats: Download
Made only available for free on Bandcamp, therefore not eligible for Billboard chart listings.
Me and My Dick (A New Musical)[13][14][15]
  • Released: January 6, 2010
  • Formats: Download
Debuting at #11, the album is the first ever student-produced college musical to debut on a Billboard chart.[14]
A Very StarKid Album[15]
  • Released: July 22, 2010
  • Formats: Download
Reached at #18 on the Billboard Top Compilation Albums[15][16][17]
A Very Potter Sequel[13]
  • Released: July 31, 2010
  • Formats: Download
Made only available for free on Bandcamp, therefore not eligible for Billboard chart listings.
Starship Reached at #134 on the Billboard Top Albums chart as well as #1 on Billboard Top Cast Albums chart.[18]
The SPACE Tour[19]
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Formats: Download, Compact disc
Debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums chart.[19]
That's What I Call StarKid! Volume 2
  • Released: April 13, 2012
  • Formats: Download
Reached at #24 on the Billboard Top Compilation Albums chart[citation needed].
Holy Musical B@man!
  • Released: April 13, 2012
  • Formats: Download
Made only available for free on Bandcamp, therefore not eligible for Billboard chart listings.
Apocalyptour[citation needed]
  • Released: October 2, 2012
  • Formats: Download, Compact disc
Debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums chart
A Very StarKid Senior Year (A Very Potter Senior Year)
  • Released: December 15, 2012
  • Formats: Download
Made only available via the official StarKid store, therefore not eligible for Billboard chart listings.
Twisted
  • Released: November 28, 2013
  • Formats: Download
Reached at #12 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums chart[citation needed].
Ani
  • Released: October 31, 2014
  • Formats: Download
Reached #4 on Billboard Comedy Albums.
The Trail to Oregon!
  • Released: February 13, 2015
  • Formats: Download
Reached #10 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums[citation needed].
Firebringer
  • Released: November 22, 2016
  • Formats: Download
Reached #10 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums[citation needed].
The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals
  • Released: December 24, 2018
  • Formats: Download
Reached #6 on the Billboard Top Cast Albums[citation needed].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team StarKid". StarKid Productions. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (November 1, 2011). "What exactly is Team StarKid?". Chicago Tribune. Bruce Dold. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/user/StarKidPotter/about
  4. ^ LeakyCon [@LeakyCon] (March 31, 2014). "ANNOUNCING! @TeamStarKid will perform at theatrical reading of "STARSHIP: REQUIEM" www.leakycon.com/?p=8224" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Jordan. ""Starship: Requiem" to be Performed at LeakyCon 2014". LeakyCon. Tumblr. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Team StarKid Adds Dates for The Space Tour | TheaterMania". www.theatermania.com. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  7. ^ "Apocalyptour". web.archive.org. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  8. ^ "'A Very StarKid Reunion' is a nostalgic must-have for fans". Hypable. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. ^ "StarKid Homecoming". StarKid Productions. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  10. ^ "StarKid Homecoming". StarKid Productions. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  11. ^ Team StarKid (July 11, 2009). "StarKid Introduces: Little White Lie". YouTube. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Gale, Eric Kahn (September 3, 2013). "Little White Lie Season 2 Synopsis". Tumblr. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d Austrone, Xavier (November 22, 2010). "StarKid Interview: Starship Coverage & A VERY POTTER THREEQUEL!?". Wizarding Life. Archived from the original on August 4, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  14. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (March 18, 2010). "'My Dick' Rises to Become First Charting Student Musical". Billboard. Lynne Segall. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  15. ^ a b c Milam, Whitney (July 24, 2010). "A Very Potter Musical's Team StarKid Premieres Sequel, Tops Glee and Gaga on iTunes, and Talks Future Projects". HollywoodNews.com. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  16. ^ https://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/07/24/a-very-potter-musicals-team-StarKid-premieres-sequel-tops-glee-and-gaga-on-itunes-and-talks-future-projects/
  17. ^ Donahue, Ann (November 13, 2010). "'Glee' Newcomer Darren Criss Reflects on His 'Dream' Week". Billboard. Lynne Segall. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  18. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/471739/adeles-21-marks-sixth-week-at-no-1-on-billboard-200
  19. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (March 22, 2012). "StarKid's 'Space' Sets Sail, Debuts at No. 2 on Cast Albums Chart". Billboard. Lynne Segall. Retrieved March 23, 2012.

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