Spring Awakening Composer Will Debut New Musical Series

News   Spring Awakening Composer Will Debut New Musical Series as a Phone App Duncan Sheik is putting musicals in a new medium, scoring Pulse, about Americans in Berlin.
Katie Findlay
Katie Findlay

Composer Duncan Sheik, who saw his musicals Spring Awakening and American Psycho produced on Broadway this season, has plunged into another ambitious project, Pulse, a musical series created expressly for Verizon’s go90 free mobile app, presented in cooperation with Mashable.

Pulse just announced that Katie Findlay (How to Get Away with Murder, The Killing) has been cast as Hannah Cooper, the main character in the series, which starts production this week. No premiere date has been finalized. The musical has a script by Kyle Jarrow, the busy librettist for the forthcoming SpongeBob Squarepants musical and songwriter for the band Sky-Pony (along with his wife, Tony nominee Lauren Worsham).

Pulse is being shot in Montreal during the month of June with a cast that also includes Craig Stickland, Calum Worthy, Melissa O’Neil and Alexandre Landry, with Meg DeAngelis and Harley Morenstein guest starring. Anna Mastro directs.

According to production notes, Pulse “follows a group of American expatriates living in Berlin who find themselves immersed in the city’s vibrant, kinetic dance scene. The series tracks one year of the characters’ lives telling the story as a lush and provocative EDM musical. The narrative centers on Cooper (Findlay), an aspiring musician who goes in search of a missing friend. Cooper travels to Berlin looking for answers about her friend’s disappearance, but finds herself quickly drawn into the seductive club scene he was involved in—a crowd where music is everything and sex and drugs are as vital as water.

Produced by New Form Digital, the 12-episode series will be available on go90 starting on a date TBA in fall 2016. To access go90, download the app to your phone via the App Store or Google Play.

Sheik, who won Tony Awards for the score and orchestrations of Spring Awakening, wrote and arranged the score for the digital series and each episode will feature an original song performed by the cast.

Pulse is a very special series that required just the right cast to bring it to life,” said Melissa Schneider, New Form Digital’s SVP Development and Production. “Katie is the perfect actor for the role of Cooper and she, along with the ensemble cast, will make Kyle and Duncan’s vision a reality.”

The go90 ervice is a free, mobile-first, social entertainment platform. Available on iOS and Android, go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. For more information, visit go90.com.

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