Entertainment One’s Podcast Network announces the debut of This is Deadsville, their first musical podcast. This is Deadsville tells the tale of a fictional Southwest Ontario town whose once thriving factory closes, forcing the entire town out of work. It is told through spoken word with nine original songs.
The musical is written and directed by Jeffrey Case, who didn’t set out to write a musical fiction. “I started experimenting with the idea of creating a concept album for the podcast generation,” Case explains. After demoing four songs (Deadsville, Ordinary Man, Knew it Well, and Headed West) Case enlisted production duo Joel Simpson and Jennifer Ashley (Ashley & Simpson/Randomocity Records).
With the help of marketing legend Ron Tite and Emmy-nominated writer Sandy Marshall, Case assembled an amazing cast who gathered one chilly October day at Toronto’s Astrolab Studios. Rather than have the actors simply read the script, Case allowed them to breathe life into the characters through improvisation.