The drama in the drama continues on with the theater-themed web series "Submissions Only." In celebration of the launch of season three, the show's creators stopped by the On Stage studio to chat with NY1's Frank DiLella, who filed the following report.
The ups and downs of working in the business called "show" have been immortalized courtesy of the hit web series "Submissions Only."
The theater-themed project was created by Broadway actors turned filmmakers Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
"'Submissions Only' follows a friendship between an actress, whom I play, named Penny Riley, and her best friend Tim Troll, who is a casting director," Wetherhead says.
The idea for the series, now in its third season, was born back in 2010 when both Wetherhead and Keenan-Bolger were working on a project at a regional theater out of town.
"It was just one of those, like, 'Let's try this, the stakes are so low, and if it fails, OK, we gave it our best shot.' But it didn't," Wetherhead says.
Wetherhead is right. The project certainly did not fail. In fact, the stats for the launch of season three proved that their show has fans as far away as Singapore and Australia.
"Our mind was a little bit blown. In our first hour that we launched, we had over 10,000 views. We were the number one trending topic on Twitter," Keenan-Bolger says.
Core cast of characters aside, the web series features some familiar Broadway faces. The season three cameo roster includes Bobby Cannavale, Kelli O'Hara, Will Swenson and even NY1's Roma Torre and Frank DiLella.
"People are so game. They show up really prepared and are so eager to be on it," Keenan-Bolger says.
With all their hard work put into "Submissions Only," the series itself has proved to be an audition platform of sorts.
"Two years ago, when I was in LA just for vacation, I got a call from Jeff Greenburg, who's the casting director of 'Modern Family,' and just kind of out of the blue, and he's a huge fan of our show and watched the first two seasons basically, and called me in for a role, and I thought, like, 'Oh, I'm never going to get this.' And somehow I got it," says Colin Hanlon, a co-producer and actor on the show.
To catch the adventures of Tim, Penny and company, season three of "Submissions Only" is now playing on www.broadwayworld.com.