Before the Ball

Before the Ball

Come behind the scenes and follow along with the creation of a brand-new musical by Ryan H. Kerr. Cinderella Boy, based on the novel by Kristina Meister, is a modern-day retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale featuring Dex, a non-binary high school student. Subscribe for access to demos of new songs as they're released, updates on development progress, interviews with the creative team, and more! Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister is available from Riptide Publishing or your favorite bookstore.


January 19, 2023 20 mins

Sure, lots of people read webcomics and serial novels. I just decided to turn my favorite into a musical. Because that's a totally normal thing to do, right?

Get a copy of Cinderella Boy from Riptide Publishing, or read it for free online on Tapas.  Follow the musical's progress @cinderellaboymusical on Instagram and TikTok, and check out the latest news and resources at

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What do you send an author's agents to convince them to let you adapt a novel into a musical?  To start with, a couple songs from the proposed adaptation!  But how do you decide what should be a song?  How do you write a song like this in the first place?

And most importantly, how do you present it to the author and her agents?  You can't just send them sheet music!  (Honestly, I wouldn't even send musicians only sheet...

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October 14, 2023 98 mins

"Transfems and transmascs and enbies, oh my!"

I keep talking about "non-binary" this and "gender-fluid" that...  I figured I ought to give you a quick primer on all the gender-related terminology I'll be using throughout the rest of the podcast.

And then, since this is me we're talking about, the "quick primer" devolved into a whole exploration of the rich world of gender and why it's so important that I'm writi...

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