Taking “write what you know” to heart, Ben Gettinger and Raymond J. Lee, two Broadway actors from New York, have created a new mockumentary web series Thank You… Next that follows a creative team as they try to cast a new Broadway musical.
Thank You… Next chronicles the brutal auditioning process in putting together a Broadway show, but this time from the perspective of the producers and casting directors. “We wanted to create a web series that would be a mix of Every Little Step and Summer Heights High,” said Lee. “It is so great that creativity is now at the hands of the people again, and that you don’t need a huge network budget to get your show created and seen by the public.”
Gettinger and Lee were able to draw upon their real-life experiences to construct a compelling story, and put together a great cast, no doubt tapping into their network of colleagues and friends. The series stars Broadway actors Isaac Calpito, Lori Hammel, Bryan Scott Johnson, and Daniel Reichard, and features real dancers and performers trying to make it in the Big Apple.
Currently three episodes of Thank You… Next have been released, with more on the way.