Broadway meets YouTube with an added dash of interactivity in Prison Dancer, an original musical web series produced with the financial participation of Independent Production Fund Web Series Program.
The series was inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon “The Dancing Inmates of Cebu”, and features a cast of Youtube stars and Filipino musical talent.[pro-player]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o[/pro-player]
The series tells the story of Matt (Matt Wells) an Internet pop-culture journalist who researches the origins of the dancing Filipino inmates who became video streaming sensations. Through interviews, security cam footage, and good old-fashioned investigative journalism, he pieces together the story behind the viral phenomenon.
Prison Dancer was created/written by Romeo Candido (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance, Lolo’s Child, Rolling Longaniza) and Carmen De Jesus (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance). Candido will also direct and composed all the original music. The web is produced by Ana Serrano (Late Fragment).[pro-player]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjz6Pa57FH0[/pro-player]
The nine person cast features Catherine Ricafort (Mamma Mia, The Sing-Off), Jeigh Madjus (Alter Boyz, La Cage Aux Folles, Glee Audition on YouTube), Mikey Bustos (Canadian Idol, creator of the viral YouTube sensation “Filipino Accent Tutorial”), Matt Wells (Host, Muchmore, Where You At Baby), Nicco Lorenzo (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Ang Pamana: The Inheritance), Norman Alconcel (MuchMusic VJ Search), Pierre Bayuga (Rent), Joseph Sevillo (Beauty and the Beast, Shall We Dance), and Ron Josol (Video on Trial, Comedy Now!).
Each episode of Prison Dancer features a special musical number that the audience can join in on.The audience will also have the chance to start “conversations” with the series’ characters, notably the main character, Lola.