Set in 1959 Hollywood, I Was a Teenage B-Movie King has a book by Wayne Rawley, a story by AJ Epstein (who also produces), with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. Carolyn Cantor will direct a cast including Swenson (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hair), Gemignani (The People in the Picture, Sweeney Todd), Parker (The People in the Picture), Spencer Moses, Christopher Gurr, J. Elaine Marcos, Dan Marzollo, Gayle Rankin, Sam Tedaldi and Ken Triwush. Fred Lassen is the musical director.
Here's how producers bill the work: "Hollywood, 1959. An era of great change. The feds have broken the big studio monopolies, and an entirely new way of making movies begins to emerge. This is the birth of a New Hollywood — the dawn of the independent producer/director. Roger Corman leads the pack of this new generation. He makes genre movies — horror films, sci-fi flicks and teenage rebel pictures and he makes them quicker and cheaper than anyone in the business. When Roger falls in love with the actress Jackie Fulquard, a series of accidents, surprises and chance encounters drops him into a life or death situation straight out of his films. He is forced to make a Faustian choice about how far he will go to be a success in Hollywood."
Together Lipton and Rossmer have also penned The Blonde Streak for Broadway Across America, as well as MariAnne and JOE! They have written original material for Sutton Foster and Kelli O'Hara, and created the variety show Don't Quit Your Night Job along with Sarah Saltzberg.