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Treatment For A Reality TV Show

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Title: “Broadway Bound” – A Docu-Style Series for Television

Logline (Short Pitch): “Waiting for Guffman” meets “American Idol”. A flamboyant Broadway director and choreographer descend on a small town, infiltrating the local play. One performer will be taken back to Broadway for a featured part in a real Broadway show.

Synopsis: [Content should be 3 to 7 paragraphs outlining the content of the show as it unfolds; be specific and original in your execution]. In every town there are big dreams…

In Wasbuckle, Missouri the regional theatre holds open casting calls for their annual musical review. Some members of the troupe have dreams of making it to Broadway or Hollywood. Others are content in being the star in Washbuckel, Missouri hogging what little limelight there is, year after year.

But what happens when, just one week before opening night, a ruthless Broadway Director and Choreographer drops into town with the agenda of taking control of the small-town production while scouting for talent to find his “star”? It’s a fascinating look at big dreams in small town America – The personal stories and archetypical characters that collide as opening night approaches; The egomaniacal local theatre director getting pushed aside by the big-city Broadway Director; The humorous moments as the city-slickers struggle to tolerate the small-town ways and mentality; The infighting among potential cast members; The panic that ensues as the cast, choreography and production are turned on its tail at the eleventh hour; The inspiring moments that rise to the surface amidst the chaos of opening night; and then, “The Decision”. One person from the cast will be chosen for a spot in a hit Broadway production, a trip to Hollywood for a spot on a soap-opera, and every chance they could ever hope for being famous?

Seven Episodes

  • Meet the town folk. Get to know the key characters and theatre group. We’ll also watch in parallel the merciless Broadway Director in action in New York, seeing the contrasts in both characters. We’ll take a humorous look at the awful auditions for the small-town play. We’ll see the announcement (or rumor) of the impending arrival of the Broadway Director scouting for talent, and witness the anxiety that is infused in each of the small-town characters fighting to get into the play.
  • Infighting, tensions escalating, accusations, the local director starts feeling the pressure. People are cast; Hearts are broken; Hopes are sparked. They have a first run-through with the cast. The mysterious Broadway Director sits in the back, dressed in black (Imagine a Simon Cowell) snapping from the back row, “Stop! Every one of your STOP!” He then marches down the aisle, an imposing figure. He introduces himself and delivers the news that he has come to find talent…and someone from this town, in this play, will be chosen. He goes on about how he sees nothing but problems. The play will be re-cast, the production will stop now! (One week from opening night)
  • The new director and small-town director fight, Cast members protest. New auditions are held, and performances scrutinized. A new cast is announced, and from that cast will come his “star”.
  • The pressure is on to bring it together for opening night. We’ll cover for days of rehearsals, as well as the personal struggles surrounding the production. Anticipation, anxiety, resentment hope and adrenaline of Opening Night! We see the performance and the reactions of our Broadway Director…and the cliff-hanger of his decision on who will be Broadway bound!
  • Re-cap of the series, the performances, the arguments, and finally…the decision. One of the people that landed a role in this little play is chosen. We share in the afterglow, the elation, the disappointment of others, and share in a dream come true for that one person selected.
  • Broadway, New York!! Our winner is whisked around like a star; taken backstage of a real Broadway production, immersed in the whole lifestyle, then meetings with Hollywood talent scouts, directors of other productions, agents and more.
  • We see our small-town hero take their first leap of faith, jumping head-first into a Broadway show…A dream becomes reality.

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