Newly launched production company, focused on changing the way theater is developed, The Bad Kids (“A New Path to Broadway”), will present a year-end listening party of the concept album by the new musical, HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART, on Thursday December 30, 2021, at 8 p.m. The special event will be hosted by Tik Tok star JJ Nieman (Broadway’s Book of Mormon) and will feature members of the cast and creative team. The event is FREE. To reserve a digital ticket, please visit www.thebadkidsarehere.com and will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
The Bad Kids is also proud to announce its new partnerships with Transcend Streaming (founders Kyra Bowie and Leanna Keyes) to create the special event and Uproar Theatrics will co-produce the event as well as license MECHANICAL HEART for development productions across the country and Finally, Broadway Boxed Up (a POC subscription-based Broadway merchandising company) will be offering free giveaways to attendees!
How to Repair a Mechanical Heart is an original musical based on the novel by JC Lillis. A modern and eerie take on a classic romantic musical, this witty and warm show is about first love, fandom and finding the courage to be yourself.
Brandon and Abel, two very different guys, met in an online fanfiction group dedicated to their favorite sci-fi TV show, Castaway Planet. In a weekend adventure that changes everything, the guys and Brandon’s best friend and nerd skeptic, Bec, hit the road in an RV to attend a fan convention for Cast-away Planet. . Along the way, Brandon and Abel discover secrets about each other, spar with an online community of fanfiction writers, meet their TV idols, and possibly fall in love. But as Brandon’s conservative upbringing and Abel’s painful romantic past conspire to tear them apart, the two must find a way to mend their own and each other’s hearts.
“We’re excited to showcase our company with this special year-end event. What if exciting upcoming musicals find a way to preview, much like the movies? What if a show attempts to find a base of fans early in development? This is one way The Bad Kids aims to change the landscape of commercial theater.” – The Bad Children, Marc Erdahi
Based on the novel by JC Lillis, the musical adaptation of HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART is designed and directed by Marc Erdahi. It includes book and lyrics by Jay Falzone, music by Trent Jeffords under musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill
The concept album features Troy Iwata (Broadway’ Be More Chill; Netflix’s “Dash & Lily”) and Chris Medlin (Broadway’ Diana, Mean Girls; Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias”), Trey Harrington (Regional: The Little Mermaid), Maria Habeeb (NY: Songs for a New World), Lily Talevski (Regional: Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Stephen Smith, Mara Jill Herman (NY: RENT), Ben Roseberry (Broadway’s Lion King), Ben Bogen (Broadway’s Frozen), John Jeffords (regional: Man of the La Mancha), Katelyn Lauria (NY: Once Bitten), Pilar Martinez (regional: Cabaret) and John Rodney Turner (NY: Days of Rage).
JJ Niemann is a New York-based Broadway artist, content creator, choreographer and coach. JJ earned a BFA in Musical Theater from Elon University and soon after joined the Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. Most recently, he was involved with the online phenomenon and world premiere concert production of Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. JJ also recently performed in the development workshops and the world premiere of the new musical BLISS. JJ was named one of BroadwayWorld’s Top 10 TikTokers and has been featured on CBS’s “The Greatest At Home Videos”, as well as Daily Mail, Theatrly, Onstage Blog and Buzzfeed.
The Bad Kids is a production company that aims to create a community platform that funds, develops and promotes new and original theatrical works. We do this according to contemporary ethical standards while providing an affordable and accessible way for a diverse set of participants of all financial and interest levels to participate in and influence the development of new productions that viewers want to see!