Coming Soon: Holy Foley! The Musical, and Whole-y Foley, the Podcast
Table readings, workshops, and musical arrangements were begun New York City for my new musical, Holy Foley! in June, 2023. Tweaks are being done on the libretto and songs are being completed. Entries into festivals are pending and future performances are being discussed.
Based on stories from my book The Foley Grail, and my experiences as a Foley artist in Hollywood, Holy Foley! tells the story of Genevieve, a veteran Foley artist who works with Jerome, her Foley partner, and Anahid, her Foley mixer, as they are interviewed by Samantha, a former journalist turned Ph.D. student, as she prepares to write her dissertation about the world of the Foley artists working for a major film studio. Genevieve's husband, Michael, directs reality television in Atlanta, which creates conflict for Genevieve as she misses her husband but loves her career on the west coast.
Audiences will see Foley performed live, learn about the history of this popular performed sound art, and see how the artists "walk" the footsteps for the characters and use odd props to create sounds for film and television, while following the stories of the fascinating lives of Foley artists who make the sounds for the shows they love to watch.
Musical numbers include "We've Got a Show to Do Today," "I Forgot to Schmooze," "You're Always Doing it Wrong," "(They Call Me) One in a Million," "Two Steps Forward and One Step Back," Our Jack Foley Was the Guy," Second Fiddle," "I Don't Think I Love You Anymore," and "Working Without a Net."
Watch this page for updates on progress as we workshop this musical and prepare for the opening of this innovative show about the world of Foley, the artists, and film, television, and streamed series.
Additionally, a new podcast, Whole-y Foley, which premiered in September, 2023, features a new guest twice a month on both YouTube and on your favorite podcast platform. Vanessa will interview various people from all over the globe about performative film sound from a philosophical perspective to add the growing interesting of Foley and all kinds of film and theatrical sound as it evolves. Tune it and hear more about Foley and all things performative. And remember: keep listening...
Finally, in Spring of 2024, the first sound design handbook ever published will be available by Routledge. I have contributed a chapter on Foley, which will be the defining work in an academic publication. The title of this handbook will be The Routledge Handbook of Sound Design. Keep a look out for this book, as it will contain invaluable information about sound design for anyone who wants a quick reference in their library.