LOS ANGELES, Oct. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After earning critical and audience acclaim on three successful tours spanning Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, Paradise The Movie, LLC announces that the bluegrass musical Paradise, a city of sinners and saints has been transformed into a high-quality cinematic experience.
Paradise, a city of sinners and saints is a collaboration between writers/producers Tom Sage and Bill Robertson, both alumni of National Lampoon Magazineand composer/lyricist/music director Cliff Wagner, who rose to national fame when he and his band The Old #7 (“Hobo’s Lullaby”) performed on Fox’s The Next Great American Group.
Make comparisons with Book of Mormon, Avenue Qand Onceamong other musicals, Paradise, a city of sinners and saints is a bluegrass musical where good and evil battle for the soul of a dried-up mining town. The scene was described by Austin 360 as “simultaneously smart, funny, and pointedly critical of the hypocrisies of much of our current culture”, while the Santa Monica Daily Press said, “It’s a hilarious and cheeky musical that will leave you smiling all the way through.”
Regarding the music, Jesse Griffith offered the following rave on Broadway World Austin:
“The book is full of clever lines and every character has at least one song to showcase their talents with. One of the complaints I’ve heard from these who claim that they doesn’t like musicals, the songs are too long. This is not the case with paradise. They are fair and cleverly placed to help move the plot forward. Overall, Paradise is a very entertaining show with something for everyone. You can’t beat such charming musicals.”
Paradise, a city of sinners and saintswhich features Mary Sarah, finalist of The voice, as well as Diane Delano (Me Time), Raquel Castro (Jersey Girl), Dave Florek (NCIS), Jon Root (Avenue Q), Casey Ford Alexander (Dopesick) Edward Singletary Jr. (American Crime Story) and Eric Casalini (88 ). It was directed by Justin Ward, co-writer/director of The Baddest Man in Texas and writer/director/producer of Taste. The latter film recently won Best Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival, and Ward is currently in post-production on his latest film, Hairy Fortune, which has already found a distribution. Working behind the scenes Heaven is producer Brad Wilson, whose 11-year alliance with Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall led the two gentlemen to collaborate on 18 films together, including Colors and thunder days.
“With the help of Justin and Brad, we were able to put together a successful stage production and create a low budget feature film so we could reach more people with our rowdy, crazy and funny music,” said Sage and Robertson. “It’s an irreverent, heartfelt bluegrass comedy that brings everyone together.”
Paradise, a city of sinners and saints is currently in post-production, with a release date yet to be determined. For more information as the film heads to theaters, visit the official website or follow the musical on its various social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Stage productions were produced by Kevin & Geric Frost, with Ruskin Group Theatre.
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Tom Sage, Bill Robertson, Cliff Wagner and Justin Ward are a group of creatives who strive to reach as many people as possible with cutting-edge, thought-provoking material turned into high-quality productions. Their film collaboration, Paradise, a city of sinners and saintsis a bluegrass musical in the tradition of Book of Mormon, Avenue Qand Once, about the struggle between good and evil for the soul of a dried-up mining town. Screenwriters Sage and Robertson imbue the film with the comedic talents they developed in national pamphlet and in film scripts for the Lifetime network and other productions, while Wagner, the Mississippi-born composer, lyricist and music executive, is known nationally for a deep run on FOX televisions “The Next Great American Band” and its album Americana Hobo’s Lullaby, which charted in the United States and Europe. Ward, the director, worked under Robert Redford, Terrence Malick and Norman Jewison. Ward’s films “The Meanest Man In Texas” and “Relish” have won dozens of awards, including Best Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival, and Best Drama Feature at the International Film Festival. from the Burbank movie. Paradise, a city of sinners and saints is currently in post-production and is slated for release in 2023.
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