After the fiasco that was Iron Dog, most thought that young director Vincent Savio might consider a career change. Apparently not.
Savio had been keeping a low profile, until last week. He was seen in a rehearsal studio and was also rumored to have met with casting director Tim Trull. Finally, we confirmed yesterday that he will direct a new reading of his latest project.
Here’s what we know – it’s a new musical entitled Light Me Up. The show chronicles Thomas Edison and his efforts to control the motion picture industry during its early years. It’s unclear as to whether Savio is writing the book and score himself or if he’s working with a new team.
Theater Burn EXCLUSIVE: We’ve learned that Savio is not the first person to own this project. The original book/score was written by gentleman named Aaron Andrews, who has fallen into obscurity after being removed from the project. Andrews contacted us recently and gave us the behind the scenes story on the project’s early stages.
According to Andrews, the producer who owned the rights to Light Me Up commissioned him to write the piece. All was going well, but tension between Andrews and the producer’s wife at the time rose to epic proportions. Through a bizarre turn of events that we’re still investigating, Andrews was ultimately fired from the project. Due to partial gag-order, Andrews was unable to give us any further details.
While working on the score, Andrews would routinely record scratch tracks of his songs for himself. He kept these recordings secret, figuring the project was dead, but with rumors of Savio’s reading he decided to release them and tell the real story of the show’s creation.
“Even if Savio claims he wrote the entire show, I know I wrote these songs for Light Me Up,” states Andrews. “I recorded demo versions in my home studio. These were originally just meant as reference tracks, but I’m glad I have them.”
Andrews has granted Theater Burn the exclusive right to publish these previously unheard songs. Here now is Aaron Andrews singing his version of the title track from Light Me Up:
DEMO OF AARON ANDREWS’ TITLE TRACK FROM LIGHT ME UP
(WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY AARON ANDREWS)
Savio’s people have yet to comment on Andrew’s version of the story, but that’s not surprising. Since Iron Dog, the director has been avoiding interviews left and right. With this new reading, Savio has the chance to change the public perception of both him as a director and creator of new theater. We hope he understands the great opportunity he’s been given and takes advantage of it.