Mr. Media is recorded live before an audience of redshirts who still believe they’ll survive tonight’s episode… in the new new media capitol of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
By Bob Andelman
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One of the worst memories I have of my father always comes back to this: He came home from work one day in the early 1970s, saw me watching a “Star Trek” rerun, and shouted at me to shut it off.
“You’ve watched that a hundred times!” he thundered. “Get out of here!”
It’s many years later and, of late, my own kid has been watching hour after hour of those very same reruns.
I couldn’t be happier.
For her, it’s research: she’s in the cast of Trek The Musical, an original new stage parody of the old Gene Roddenberry TV show that will have its world debut at the Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 2 and continue through Feb. 5. Call 727-895-6620 to order tickets.
You can LISTEN to this interview with LAUREN FIELD and GAETANO RODRIGUEZ, co-creators of TREK THE MUSICAL, by clicking the audio player above!
If you can’t wait, there will also be a cold reading of the production at American Stage on Tuesday, January 17 @ 7 p.m. American Stage is located in downtown St. Petersburg at 333 3rd Avenue North. Call 727-823-PLAY to reserve your tickets.
The show, produced by Accio Actors, was co-created by Lauren Field and Gaetano Rodriguez, and written by Lauren with music and lyrics by Gaetano . I haven’t seen it yet, but my daughter Rachel plays Ensign Chekov, so you know Mr. Media will be there, front and center.
Joining me today will be Lauren, Gaetano and several members of the Trek The Musical cast to preview the show.
GAETANO RODRIGUEZ audio excerpt: “We’re doing this out of love. We love these characters. They are sacred to us. And that is why we mock them.”
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).