The trailer for the upcoming interactive web musical “Prison Dancer” has hit the web. Inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu,” the “Prison Dancer” is slated for 12 episodes featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the most exciting Filipino musical talent emerging in North America (Mikey Bustos, Catherine Ricafort, Jeigh Madjus, Matt Wells, Ron Josol, Nicco Lorenzo, Norm Alconcel, Pierre Bayuga, Joseph Sevillo). Think of the series as “Glee meets Miss Saigon” wrapped in a “choose your own” adventure. Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, Prison Dancer brings together the best of Broadway and Youtube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level. Here’s more about the series:
Prison Dancer is the story of 6 Filipino prisoners whose lives are forever changed by the dancing rehabilitation program that became a worldwide viral sensation on Youtube. Using surveillance footage, interviews with inmates inside the prison, and good old fashioned investigative journalism, pop culture journalist Matt Wells uncovers the personal, poignant, hilarious and universal stories of 6 prison dancers whose group dancing turned a maximum security jailhouse into a world stage.
Behind the prison walls, we meet inmates Ruperto Poblador aka LOLA (who along with his gay minions OO OO and NANA, choreographs the first prison dance routines), HOOKAPS, (the prison hustler), SHAKESPEARE (the prison’s resident poet) and CHRISTIAN, (the prison’s newest inmate) and discovers a tale of life, death, dreams, fears and ultimately, redemption.
Look for “Prison Dancer” to kick off the 12 episode web series starting in March 2012!
Prison Dancer: The Interactive Web Musical trailer
Mikey Bustos talks Prison Dancer